Franklin & Marshall at Lebanon Valley
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 30-8-1
Streak: F&M + 6
First Meeting: Oct. 7, 1899 (F&M 28-0)
Last F&M Victory: 44-21, Sept. 1, 2018
Last LVC Victory: 30-20, Nov. 14, 1981 – Annville, Pa.
A Little History
The John Troxell era enters season number 14 as the Diplomats prepare to embark on the 132nd campaign since F&M first hit the grid circuit in October of 1887. The Diplomats posted a winning record in 75 seasons and a losing record in 48 seasons. Eight seasons saw the Diplomats finish at .500. F&M went undefeated and untied in four seasons (1950, 1964, 1972, 1974), and was undefeated with one tie in 1945. The Diplomats suffered through five seasons without a win: 1887, 1904, 1926, 1962, and 2000. The 1926 season saw F&M post one tie.
First Game Facts
Franklin & Marshall is 74-54-3 in its season openers. The first opening-day win came in the second season that F&M hit the field (1889) with a 60-0 win over cross-town rival, Millersville. F&M lost its first opening-day game at the York Y.M.C.A, 9-0 on October 10, 1887. Those were the first pair of the 51 opening-day games that have been shutouts.
F&M is 22-28-1 in season openers that have seen a side shutout, including 2008's 24-0 blanking of Washington & Lee, avenging the 20-0 shutout at the hands of the Generals the season prior. The lone tie was a 0-0 barn burner between F&M and Delaware, at Delaware, on October 4, 1919.
F&M's largest margin of victory and highest point total on opening day came in a 69-0 shutout of the crew of the U.S.S. Connecticut on September 27, 1913. The largest margin of defeat and most points scored against F&M in a season opener came in a 66-0 loss at Fordham on October 2, 1937.
The Diplomats are 10-3 in season openers under John Troxell.
From 1899 to 1982 F&M and LVC competed in 35 contests. The series was intermittent before a 15-year stretch from 1968 to 1982 when the schools met each season as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. In 1983, the Diplomats left to join the newly minted Centennial Conference, leaving with a winning record between the teams of 25-8-1. Since the series revival in 2014, F&M won all five contests, increasing the series record to 30-8-1.
LVC charges for all home football game. Here are the rates:
$5 for adults
$3 for seniors
$2 for non-LVC students
The Last Meeting
No. 24 Franklin & Marshall picked up its fifth-straight opening day victory over Lebanon Valley with a 44-21 win over the Dutchmen in the 2018 season opener for both teams.
F&M outgained LVC 509-235 yards on offense and held a 37:09-22:39 edge in time of possession.
Tanner Erisman finished the day completing 15-of-20 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns. He added another 28 with one score on the ground. Keshon Farmer led all rushers with 96 yards on eight runs and a score.
K.J. Pretty had a game-high 175 receiving yards on five grabs with two scores of 60 and 66 yards. Timothy Walter had 71 yards on five catches with a touchdown and Kevin Lammers ended with four catches and 30 yards.
Seb Silva-Muniz paced the defense with five stops while Steven Levondosky and Dylan Jones had four tackles and one sack each. Brendan Kilkenny, Mekhi Holley and Marlen Fenstermacher all had three stops. Kevin Gault added a sack and Thomas Hourican, along with Fenstermacher, each came away with half a sack.
Quick Look at F&M
The Diplomats return 32 letter winners and 16 starters from last year's team that made the seventh postseason appearance in the last 10 years and earned the most wins across a two-year span in program history with 18. F&M ended its year with an 8-3 record and won its second-straight Centennial-MAC Bowl and the 2019 team has a chance to be the first team since 1937 to sweep the rivalry games against Dickinson and Gettysburg all four seasons.