Franklin & Marshall vs. Gettysburg | 1:00 p.m. | Gettysburg, Pa.
Series Record: Tied 48-48-7
In Lancaster: Tied 34-34-5
In Gettysburg: Tied 14-14-2
In Centennial Play: F&M 18-15-1
First Meeting: Nov. 22, 1890 (F&M 68-0)
Last F&M Win: 51-21, Nov. 12, 2016
Last GC Win: 21-7, Nov. 14, 2015
Streak: F&M +2
Saturday's game marks the 104th meeting between Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall in a series that began with a 68-0 Diplomat win in 1890. The series is tied at 48-48-7.
The series took a 16-year hiatus when the Bullets went to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) University Division and the Diplomats went to the College Division in 1959. It resumed in 1976, and after five consecutive games in the month of September, the rivalry returned to a November showdown in 1981.
The Lincoln Trophy
Since 1890, the teams have used one road to travel between each institution, the Lincoln Highway. In honor of the namesake of the highway, the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, and his importance to the town of Gettysburg, a special trophy, called the "Lincoln Football Trophy" is handed out to the winner of the Gettysburg-Franklin & Marshall football game. The Lincoln Trophy is a replica wooden stovepipe top hat that was created in 2014 and donated by a local craftsman, Bill Hewitt. The wood used are from the remains of two witness trees from the town of Gettysburg that President Lincoln would have passed during his visit following the battle in 1863.
Joe Granahan enters the game with 33 career sacks. He is now one sack away from breaking the school and Centennial Conference sack record held by C.T. Marsh '12 of 32.5.
Last Time We Met
Franklin & Marshall defeated Gettysburg 51-21 to win a share of the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship for the first time since 2004. Recap.
Taalib Gerald finished with 139 yards on 32 carries and three scores and Tanner Erisman completed 19-of-34 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. K.J. Pretty was the leading receiver with 162 yards on 10 grabs and two touchdowns and Dillon Alderfer hauled in six balls for 100 yards and a score.
Joe Granahan and Vincent Moffett paced the defense with six tackles each. Granahan had a sack and forced a fumble while Vincent Moffett added a tackle for a loss and a pass break up. Jeff Leone had five stops and four pass breakups and Ben Okun along with Dillon Alderfer each had four solo stops.
F&M Last Week
Ursinus outscored Franklin & Marshall 27-7 in the final 32 minutes of action and connected on a field goal with one second left to defeat the Diplomats 27-24. Recap.
Joe Hartley-Vittoria racked up 115 yards on 33 carries with one score, while Tanner Erisman completed 17-of-28 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. K.J. Pretty hauled in eight catches for 104 yards and one touchdown and Timothy Walter hauled in five catches for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Drew Tomlinson was 3-for-3 in extra points, hit a 26-yard field goal and had a 55.8 kickoff average on five kicks with two touchbacks.
Marlen Fenstermacher had seven tackles to pace the defense with an interception, Bobby McDevitt ended with six stops, including 2.5 for a loss and a sack, while Sebastian Silva-Muniz, Thomas Downs and Joe Granahan all ended with five stops each. Thomas Downs had two pass breakups and a pick and Stephon Smith added three pass breakups with three stops.
Gettysburg Last Week
Gettysburg struggled against a stout Muhlenberg defense, managing 128 totals yards in a 49-0 setback at Scotty Wood Stadium last Saturday. Recap.
The Mules allowed the Bullets to reach their side of the field only twice in the game. Freshman Matt Lajoie steered Gettysburg's final drive at quarterback, completing all six of his passes for 40 yards. He also posted five rush attempts and caught a pair of passes. Senior Jake Skinner led the defense with 11 tackles, while classmate Logan Aikey posted six stops and a tackle for a loss.