LANCASTER, PA - Franklin & Marshall College punter/kicker Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast), wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg), quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley), defensive back Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) and the Diplomats rank among the leaders in the October 17 Centennial Conference football statistics.
Ranked fourth in receptions (4.33 rpg), first in receiving yards (86.5 ypg), sixth in total offense (95.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (6.0 ppg) per game, Boyce leads the Centennial Conference with 519 yards and six TD catches on 26 receptions this season. He raised his career numbers to 39 catches for 696 yards with seven touchdowns courtesy six catches for 137 yards with a 79-yard TD against Hopkins on October 9. 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.
The 137 yards against JHU 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.
At quarterback, Harner is second in the Centennial Conference in passing yards (178.5 ypg) and total offense (192.0 ypg) as he has completed 63-of-132 attempts for 1,071 yards. His 129.8 efficiency rating is tops in the Conference as he has completed 63 of 132 attempts with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
For his two-year career at the College, Harner has completed 193-of-400 attempts for 2,451 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 189 yards for 2,640 yards of net offense.
Also at quarterback, Doug HIltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) ranks 10th in total offense (83.2 ypg), seventh in passing yards (87.0 ypg) and third in passing efficiency (121.8) as he has completed 29-of-57 attempts for 348 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Over his four-year career, Hiltner has completed 111-of-237 attempts for 1,395 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.8 yard average (38 punts for 1,588 yards) and ranks second in point after efficiency (95 percent). Further, he ranks fifth in field goals (three), third in field goal percentage (three-for-four, 75.0 percent), second in scoring by kick (28 points) and ninth in scoring with 4.7 points per game.
For his career, Eggertsson has punted 131 times for 5,010 yards with 36 punts inside the 20-yard line, seven fair catches and four touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.2 yards per punt as he is 0.20 off the school career punting record of 38.4 held by Jon Bushey and is on pace to erase the single season punt average record of 39.9 held by Bushey from 1996.
At tailback, Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) ranks sixth in rushing (58.2 ypg), 14th in total offense (60.4 ypg), 11th in receiving yards (27.2 ypg) and ninth in all purpose yards (87.4 ypg) as he has carried 90 times for 291 yards with three touchdowns and caught eight passes for 136 yards with three touchdowns.
For his career, he has rushed for 1,716 yards on 505 carries, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns.
In addition to Stephen, running back Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) ranks ninth in receptions per game (2.5) as he has pulled in 15 catches for 109 yards in six games. Further, Rob Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) ranks sixth in punt return average (6.3 ypr) as he has run back 11 kicks for 69 yards, while Curtis Varner (So., State College, PA/State College) rates fourth in kick return average (18.1 ypr) with 12 returns for 217 yards.
On defense, Santaniello ranks second in fumbles forced (four), while defensive backs Paul Fields (Fr, Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) and Matt Pastore (So., Ridgewood, NJ/Peddie School) rate fifth (two) and 14th (one) in interceptions, respectively. Defensive lineman Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) ranks seventh in sacks (three) and 15th in tackles (33), while defensive lineman Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) ranks ninth in tackles (42).
As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the leaders in scoring offense (third, 25.7 points), scoring defense (fifth, 17.2 points), pass offense (first, 249.7 yards), pass defense (fifth, 194.5 ypg), kickoff returns (sixth, 16.2 yards), punting (first, 34.5 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing defense (fifth, 150.3 yards), total offense (third, 348.0 yards), total defense (sixth, 344.8 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.5), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 114.2), first downs (third, 106), sacks by (fifth, 10), penalty yards (third, 39.2 yards), opponent penalties (first, 64.8 yards), fourth down conversions (third, 60.0 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 20.0 percent), red zone offense (fifth, 66.7 percent), red zone defense (first, 42.9 percent), third down conversions (fourth, 33.0 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 35.1 percent), sacks against (third, 65), field goal percentage (third, 75.0 percent), PAT kicking (second, 19-for-20) and time of possession (sixth, 28:00).
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.