Boyce & Stepien Named to October 10 Centennial Conference Football Honor Roll

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) and linebacker Chris Stepien (Jr., Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) have been named to the October 10 Centennial Conference Football Honor Roll for their performances in a 20-14 loss to 2003 Centennial Conference co-champion Johns Hopkins University.

An offensive honor roll recipient, Boyce caught six passes for 137 yards with a touchdown. He pulled in a 79-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) on the first play from scrimmage to give F&M a 7-0 lead.

The 79 yard TD marked the second longest of Boyce's career as he had a 98 yard hookup with Harner in a win at Oberlin. In addition, his 137 receiving yards marked the second 100-yard receiving game of Boyce's career as he pulled in seven catches for 189 yards at Oberlin in a 41-21 win on September 11.

On the defensive honor roll, Stepien led all players with 14 tackles, including two tackles-for-loss of seven yards and nine solo hits.

As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (second, 25.7 points), scoring defense (fifth, 17.2 points), pass offense (first, 249.7 yards), pass defense (fifth, 194.5 ypg), kickoff returns (fourth, 16.2 yards), punting (second, 34.5 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing offense (seventh, 93.3 yards), rushing defense (fifth, 150.3 yards), total offense (third, 348.0 yards), total defense (fifth, 344.8 yards), punt returns (seventh, 5.7 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.5), pass defense efficiency (fifth, 114.2), first downs (first, 106), sacks by (fifth, 10 for 65 yards), penalties (third, 23 for 235 yards), opponent penalties (first, 41 for 389 yards), fourth down conversions (third, 60.0 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 20.0 percent), red zone offense (sixth, 66.7 percent), red zone defense (first, 42.9 percent), third down conversions (fifth, 33.0 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 35.1 percent), sacks against (fourth, 11 for 65 yards), field goal percentage (third, 75.0 percent), PAT kicking (third, 19-for-20) and time of possession (sixth, 28:00).

Individually, Boyce ranks second in total receptions (26), third in receptions per game (4.33), first in total receiving yards (519 yards) and receiving yards per game (86.5 ypg), sixth in all-purpose yards per game (95.0 ypg), third in total all purpose yards (570), third in touchdowns (six), second in total points (36) and third in scoring per game (6.0 ppg), while Stepien ranks sixth in fumbles recovered (one) in the Centennial Conference statistics.

Franklin & Marshall (4-2, 1-1 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on October 23 at home on Alumni Weekend versus Dickinson College in the annual Conestoga Wagon game. Game time is set for 1 p.m.