THIS WEEK'S GAME: This week's game marks the 38th meeting between the Diplomats (4-3, 1-2 CC) and nationally ranked McDaniel (5-1, 3-0 CC) in a series which began in 1904. The Diplomats hold an 19-16-2 advantage, but the Green Terror have won seven straight in the series. Overall, F&M's last victory in the series came in 1996 as the Diplomats routed then Western Maryland 38-7 in Lancaster. The Green Terror are coming off a bye week, while F&M fell 17-14 at home to Dickinson on October 23.
HIGH FIVE: Franklin & Marshall will seek to win the program's fifth game of the season against McDaniel. Historically, F&M has not won five games in a season since 1996 when the team went 9-2, 6-1 in Centennial Conference play, while defeating Carnegie Mellon (28-7 W), Randolph Macon (20-13 W), Muhlenberg (53-0 W), Dickinson (14-12 W), Hobart (38-24 W), McDaniel (38-7 W), Swarthmore (35-7 W), Johns Hopkins (20-14 W) and Gettysburg (35-6 W).
LITTLE THREE SHUTOUT: McDaniel is in the midst of a two game Centennial Conference shutout streak as the Green Terror blanked Gettysburg (31-0 W) and Dickinson (20-0) on October 9 and 16, respectively, at home in Westminster. The Terror will look to keep the streak going and blank the remaining member of the Little Three this week against F&M. Historically, McDaniel last shutout F&M in 2001 by a 54-0 final in Westminster, Maryland. The last time the Diplomats were shutout by McDaniel in Lancaster occurred in 1990 as the then Western Maryland College Green Terror rolled to a 24-0 victory. Overall, McDaniel has shutout three of their last four opponents as the Terror blanked Catholic (34-0 W) on September 18 in Washington D.C. before allowing 10 points in a 50-10 win at Ursinus on October 2.
IN THE POLLS: McDaniel is ranked #16 in the October 26 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and #22 in the D3football.com Top 25.
RED OCTOBER: The Diplomats have a 21-18 record in seasons in which the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series:
1903 - Red Sox defeat Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3/ Diplomats go 6-4-1
1912 - Red Sox defeat New York Giants 4-3-1/ Diplomats go 6-4
1915 - Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies 4-1/ Diplomats go 6-2
1916 - Red Sox defeat Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1/ Diplomats go 1-7
1918 - Red Sox defeat Chicago Cubs 4-2/ Diplomats go 2-1
BRING BACK THE CURSE: The Diplomats have a 22-13 record in years the Red Sox lose the World Series. However, in years the Cardinals beat the Sox, F&M is only 7-8.
1946 - St. Louis Cardinals down Red Sox 4-3/ Diplomats go 3-4
1967 - St. Louis Cardinals down Red Sox 4-3/ Diplomats go 4-4
1975 - Cincinnati Reds down Red Sox 4-3/ Diplomats go 7-2
1986 - New York Mets down Red Sox 4-3/ Diplomats go 8-3
TIGHT GAMES: The Diplomats 17-14 loss to Dickinson on October 23 marked the second straight game F&M dropped by seven or fewer points following a 20-14 loss to Johns Hopkins in Lancaster on October 9. Historically, the loss to Hopkins marked the first time Franklin & Marshall College lost to an opponent by less than seven points since a 10-6 loss at home to McDaniel on October 25. 2003.
IN THEIR LAST MEETING IN LANCASTER - McDANIEL 10, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 6: McDaniel College tallied 180 yards of rushing offense and starting quarterback Orion Canine threw for 82 yards and rushed for a two-yard score in the first quarter as the Green Terror outlasted a last second comeback by Franklin & Marshall College for a 10-6 Centennial Conference victory. McDaniel received 142 yards of rushing offense from tailback Jemel Johnson as the Green Terror were forced to make a series of red-zone stops in the closing moments of the fourth quarter to defeat F&M, a team McDaniel outscored 109-6 in their last two meetings. Following a missed 30-yard field goal which would have pushed the MC lead to 13-6, F&M quarterback Dave Makson '03 engineered a drive which culminated in a first down on the McDaniel eight yard line. However, the Green Terror defense would survive the scare holding fullback Joe Cleary '03 to a three yard gain, keeping tailback at the five yard line following a pass completion in the backfield and deflecting a Makson pass to wide receiver Justin Salton '03 to bring up fourth down. On fourth-and-goal, the McDaniel defense shut down the passing lanes as Makson scrambled for a two-yard gain to the three before Joe Rydzewski tackled him to turn the ball over. However, McDaniel could not advance the ball as the Diplomats defense forced the Terror to punt to their own 36 following a four-and-out drive. With the ball 36-yards away from a victory, Makson marched the ball down the ball with pass connections to Salton and Cleary to set F&M up with a first down on the McDaniel 11. But an incomplete pass to Salton and a four-yard rushing loss by Cleary forced F&M back to the McDaniel 15 forcing third-and-14. Makson connected with Salton on an 11-yard pass down to the McDaniel four, but an incomplete pass to split end Matt Wagaman '03 cut the Diplomats' drive four yards short with 2:07 left on the clock. McDaniel, needing to run out the clock, rushed for no gain and four yards behind quarterback Scott Crowell. On third-and-six with 52 seconds left on the game clock, tailback Jemel Johnson attempted to cut through the Diplomats' line, but defensive end Chris Gallino '03 stripped the ball and recovered the fumble on the McDaniel 8-yard line to set up one more red zone scoring chance for F&M. But Makson couldn't connect with his receivers, as attempts to Wagaman on first and second down, and throws to Salton on third and fourth down fell incomplete as the Green Terror held on the for victory thanks to first half scoring. In the first quarter, McDaniel scored first as Canine scampered two yards to cap a 12 play, 72-yard drive with 4:03 left in the quarter. The lead grew to 10-0 with 1:36 left in the first half as McDaniel place-kicker Nate Getchell connected on a 30-yard field goal. The Diplomats responded on their next possession as Makson led the team down the field before threading a pass to Salton through double-coverage in the corner of the endzone with 33 seconds left prior to halftime to cap an eight play, 63 yard drive. Dan Eggertsson's (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) extra point was blocked as both team's failed to score in the second half. Defensively, Gallino led all tacklers with 12 stops, including three sacks for 27 yards.
22 YEARS OF CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE FOOTBALL: 2004 also marks the 22nd season of Centennial Conference football. The Centennial Conference, celebrating its 12th anniversary of sponsoring championships for men and women in 23 varsity sports, evolved from the Centennial Football Conference (CFC). Founded in 1981, the CFC began play in 1983 as a football-only affiliation, including F&M, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus and McDaniel. F&M's first Centennial Conference win was a 19-0 shutout of the Dickinson Red Devils at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.
A TEAM BY ANOTHER NAME IS STILL THE SAME: On January 11, 2002, the trustees of Western Maryland College announced their unanimous decision to change the name of the College. The decision came after decades of discussion and surveys that confirmed the confusion surrounding the name. The College often was not perceived as what and where it is: a private institution within an hour's drive of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. On July 1, 2002, WMC officially became McDaniel College. The new name honors William Roberts McDaniel, whose 65-year association with the College helped shape its destiny and today personifies its mission.
LAST GAME - McDANIEL 20, DICKINSON 0: A power outage over much of Westminster, Maryland left the scoreboard unlit through the first quarter and the McDaniel defense made sure the Dickinson side did not light up the rest of the way as the Terror posted a 20-0 shutout of the Red Devils. Quarterback Brad Baer only completed three passes, two to Jamie Unger, but one of them was good enough for a 98-yard touchdown giving the Terror a 7-0 lead until the fourth quarter. After a scoreless first quarter, Dickinson's Drew Magyar lined up for a field goal, but the Red Devils elected to quick kick, with Magyar dropping the punt on the Terror two-yard line. On first down, Baer faked a handoff to Broderick Maybank, and floated a pass to Unger who was seven yards beyond the deepest Red Devil defender. Unger finished the play in the end zone, completing the longest play from scrimmage and longest pass reception in McDaniel history. The previous long reception was 93 yards against Swarthmore in 1983, while the previous long play from scrimmage was Al Miller's 96-yard touchdown run at Johns Hopkins back in 1953. McDaniel's defense limited Dickinson to 155 yards of offense with safety Drew Abbomonte recording 12 tackles, eight of which were solo stops. Dickinson had its chances to put points on the board, getting inside of the Terror 35 on four occasions. The first resulted in Magyar's punt. A pair of missed field goals and a turnover on downs ended Dickinson's best scoring chances. Kevin Kozup became the first player to rush for 100 yards against the McDaniel defense this season. He picked up exactly 100-yards on 27 carries. Red Devils' receiver, Gerald O'Hara recorded a game-high five receptions for 39 yards. Maybank was the game's leading rusher with 111 yards on 22 carries. Baer picked up 44 yards on the ground, and scored from 10 yards out on fourth and goal with 2:49 left in the game. Jason Hartman was held to 35 yards on 13 carries, but was not denied on fourth and one from the Dickinson two early in the fourth quarter. His plunge gave McDaniel a 14-0 lead and capped an 11-play, 47-yard drive. McDaniel finished the game with 318 yards of total offense, 206 yards came on the ground.
LAST WEEK'S GAME - DICKINSON 17, F&M 14: Linebacker Nate Moore returned an interception for a touchdown with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter as Dickinson overcame a 14-10 Franklin & Marshall lead to down the Diplomats 17-14 and regain the Conestoga Wagon trophy. Trailing 14-10 with 7:38 remaining on the game clock, Moore batted F&M quarterback Jeff Harner's (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) third-and-six pass from the F&M 24 yard line at the 21 yard line and collected the ball in the air before rumbling 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Drew Magyar added the extra point and was run into following the kick as Dickinson kicked off from the 50-yard line on the ensuing play. The Diplomats attempted to regain the lead as the team moved from its own 20-yard line down to the Dickinson 26 yard line with approximately five minutes to go in the game. Tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) rushed down to the Dickinson 23 yard line on first-and-10, but failed to move closer as pass attempts to Matt Mondonedo (So., Silver Spring, MD/James Hubert Blake), Bobby Freiler (So., Orwigsburg, PA/Blue Mountain) and Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) fell incomplete to give the Red Devils back the ball with 3:53 remaining in the game. Dickinson used the clock to their advantage as Dwight Phyall rushed three times for gains of 13, four and five yards before quarterback Keven Williams scampered one yard for a first down to move the ball to the Dickinson. Phyall returned to being the workhorse diving for gains of two and one yard before the Red Devils called a time out with 1:01 left on the game clock. Williams rushed for three yards on third-and-7 before Dickinson called timeout with 19 seconds left in the game. Aren Johnson punted 26 yards to the F&M 22 where Stephen called for a fair catch to give the Diplomats 13 seconds to go 78 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Harner's pass attempt to Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) on first down fell incomplete before he hit Chris Wagner (Fr., Media, PA/Penncrest) for a 29 yard gain to the Dickinson 49 to stop the clock with one second left to play. However, the Diplomats did not get a play off as the clock expired when the ball was spotted for a 17-14 Red Devils' victory. Overall, the Diplomats dominated the game holding advantages in net yards rushing (171-153), net yards passing (277-174), total net yards (448-327), punting (36.8-29.6) and fourth down conversions (1 of 2-0 of 1), while the Red Devils led in first downs (20-18), rushing attempts (46-37), fumbles recovered (1-0), interceptions (1 for 21 yards), time of possession (33:11-26:49), third down conversions (8 of 16-7 of 15) and sacks (2 for 11 yards). Franklin & Marshall answered the bell quickly in the first quarter as Harner hit Donofrio for an 80 yard touchdown on the Diplomats' second drive of the game to cap a two play, 84 yard series. Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) tacked on the extra point as the Diplomats went in front 7-0 with 7:58 left in the first quarter. F&M built on the lead on their next possession as quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) connected with tight end Mondonedo for a four yard touchdown to finish off a 10 play, 75 yard drive. Eggertsson added the extra point as Franklin & Marshall went out in front 14-0 with 2:45 left in the first quarter. Dickinson responded as Williams marched the Devils 41 yards on five plays before Drew Magyar drilled a 40-yard field goal with 48 seconds left in the quarter to close to within 14-3. Franklin & Marshall attempted to respond as Harner moved the Diplomats 54 yards on 10 plays down to the Dickinson 19 yard line to open the second half. However, a 36-yard field goal attempt by Eggertsson sailed wide right to give Dickinson back the ball at their own 20-yard line. The Red Devils used the possession to their advantage eating up 9:24 on the clock on 18 plays for 80 yards as Phyall bullied his way across the goal line for a one yard touchdown run on third and goal to bring the Devils to within 14-9 with 2:18 left in the first half. Magyar tacked on the extra point as Dickinson entered the half trailing F&M 14-10. Neither team scored in the third quarter as both defenses stiffened. For Dickinson, Williams moved the Devils 57 yards on 14 plays to open the second half, but a 35 yard field goal attempt by Magyar went a yard wide right with 9:23 left in the quarter. Following possessions by both teams, the Diplomats attempted to put the game away as F&M moved down to the Dickinson 21 yard line with two minutes to go until the fourth quarter. Stephen rushed for a four yard gain to the Dickinson 17, but on the next play Andrew Ackley stripped Stephen at the Dickinson 12 yard line and Mike Andree recovered the fumble at the 12 to shut down the Diplomats' 10 play, 50 yard drive. However, Dickinson failed to take advantage of the fumble as Phyall was stopped for no gain at the F&M 21 yard line on fourth-and-two to close out the Devils 11 play, 67 yard drive off the turnover. After four-and-outs by both teams, F&M took possession of the ball with 8:35 left in the game at their own 20 yard line. Harner connected with Stephen for a loss of a yard to bring up second-and-11 from the FM 19 as Stephen broke through the line and out of bounds for a five yard gain to the F&M 24 before Moore picked off Harner's next pass for the deciding play of the game. Overall, Harner finished the game 10-of-22 for 223 yards with one touchdown and an interception, while Hiltner completed four-of-seven passes for 54 yards and a touchdown as the Diplomats racked up 277 passing yards on 14 completions. Freiler led the receivers pulling in three balls for 57 yards, while Stephen (three for 36), Boyce (three for 34), Donofrio (two for 88), Wagner (two for 58) and Mondonedo (one for four) rounded out F&M's 14 catches for 277 yards. On the ground, Stephen picked up 106 yards on 28 carries, Harner ran for 46 yards on six attempts, Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) gained 11 yards on two carries and Hiltner registered an eight-yard carry. Jack Duncan (Jr., Nottingham, PA/Valley Forge Military Academy) led all players with 13 tackles on defense, while Tim Barry (Jr., Madison, NJ/Madison), Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) and Ryan Sychterz (Jr., Sinking Spring, PA/Holy Name) registered pass breakups. For Dickinson, Phyall gained 82 yards on 24 carries to lead the Devils' ground game, while Williams completed 15-of-26 attempts for 174 yards as Gerald O'Hara caught six balls for 52 yards and Ryan Stearrett added four receptions for 54 yards through the air. The loss marks F&M's second straight in a game decided by seven or fewer points as the Diplomats lost 20-14 to Johns Hopkins on October 9 at home on Sponaugle-Williamson Field. Historically, the loss to Hopkins marked the first time F&M lost to an opponent by less than seven points since a 10-6 loss at home to McDaniel College on October 25, 2002.
HITCH 'EM UP, HAUL 'EM OUT: With the loss to Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall lost possession of the Conestoga Wagon trophy. Since 1963, the Diplomats and Red Devils have played for a crafted model of the wagon that transported the teams to play each other in 1889, the year in which the team's first played one another. The trophy was donated by athletic directors J. Shober Barr (F&M) and Dave Eavenson (Dickinson) to symbolize the friendly football gridiron rivalry between the two institutions. Last season, F&M regained the trophy for the first time since 1998 with a 20-14 overtime win against Dickinson to snap a four-year Devils' win streak. The win marked F&M's first over Dickinson in Lancaster since a 13-10 victory in 1987, as F&M is now 1-8 in the last nine meetings versus the Devils since the win.
LAST MEETING - McDANIEL 21, F&M 7: The McDaniel College quarterback duo of Brad Baer and Dalys Talley threw for 148 yards and rushed for 96 as the McDaniel College Green Terror accumulated 410 net yards to outlast Franklin & Marshall College 21-7 in Westminster, Maryland on November 1, 2003. Overall, the Green Terror accumulated 262 yards of rushing offense, including a game high 73 by Baer, with rushing TDs by Baer and Broderick Maybank, and completed 12-of-24 with one interception as the Terror carried a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter as the Diplomats drove to the McDaniel 16 yard line. Facing third-and-out, the Terror held the Diplomats as quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) failed to connect with wideout Matt Wagaman '03 to bring up fourth down. Facing fourth down, Harner connected with tightend Dan Houseman '04 for a three yard gain before Troy Mason and Drew Abbamonte dragged him down at the 13-yard line. Following a four yard rush by David Posin, Baer's attempted a pass which was corralled by F&M linebacker Joe LoCastro (Jr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) at the McDaniel 30 and returned to the 5-yard line to set up the Diplomats' offense deep in Green Terror territory. Facing third-and-goal after a pair of rushes by tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock), Harner connected with All-America wide receiver Justin Salton '03 in the endzone to cut the lead to 13-6. Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) added the extra point as the Diplomats trailed 13-7 with 12:42 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Green Terror put the game away in unique fashion as the Green Terror went 81 yards on 13 plays for a five-yard TD scamper by Maybank with 2:50 left on the clock. Facing fourth-and-five at their own 38 yard line, McDaniel punter Corey Allen punted 46 yards to the F&M 6 where Stephen took the ball out to the F&M 30. However, after Stephen received the ball, the officials threw a flag for holding on F&M. After a conversation, the call gave the ball back to McDaniel at the Green Terror 49 to keep the drive alive and seal the game. Overall, McDaniel took advantage of Diplomats' mistakes early in the game as Harner's first pass and play from scrimmage was tipped at the line and intercepted by Will Epps at the F&M 26. However, the Diplomats defense held as McDaniel managed eight yards on four plays before turning the ball over on downs. After twice trading possessions, the Green Terror cracked the scoreboard as McDaniel went five yards on four plays to set up a 39-yard field goal by Nate Getchell with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. The drive was ignited as Chris Martin returned an Eggertsson punt from the F&M 43 to the 26. Maybank rushed for eight yards and was then dropped in the backfield by linebacker Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) and safety Justin Koch (Sr., Schuylkill Haven, PA/Schuylkill Haven) for a loss of three yards. Baer failed on a third-and-five pass attempt before Getchell split the uprights for the first score. The Diplomats attempted to tie the game on the first drive of the second quarter. In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) returned Getchell's kickoff from the F&M 10 to the McDaniel 35 for the Diplomats best field position of the game up to that point. Harner led the team 20 yards on seven plays before Eggertsson attempted a 37-yard field goal that sailed wide left at the 12:39 mark of the quarter. The Terror pushed their lead to 10 points with 35 seconds left in the first half as Baer broke through the line and raced 32-yards to the Diplomats' end zone to cap a six play, 73-yard drive finished by Getchell's successful extra point for a 10-0 lead at intermission. Overall, the Terror dominated the first half outgaining Franklin & Marshall 268 to 83, including a 121 to 22 advantage in passing yardage. Franklin & Marshall had a chance to break onto the scoreboard in the opening minutes of the third quarter as a fumble by Talley was forced and recovered by linebacker Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) at the McDaniel 43-yard line. However, the Terror defense stiffened for a four-and-out as the Diplomats went six yards on four plays. Following the turnover on downs, the Green Terror marched 53 yards on 11-plays before Getchell added a 26-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the quarter for a 13-0 lead and set up the climatic fourth quarter. For Franklin & Marshall, Salton pulled down nine passes for 47 yards to lead a Diplomats' pass offense that caught 15 passes for 97 yards on 36 passing attempts. On the ground, Stephen ran for 74 yards on 20 carries as the Diplomats gained 81 rushing yards on 29 attempts. On defense, Koch led the Diplomats with 13 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss of a yard. White finished with seven tackles and three sacks-for-loss of 24 yards while LoCastro notched eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. For McDaniel, Troy Mason led the Terror with 13 tackles as the Terror sacked Harner five times for loss of 19 yards.