Farrell Named to November 14 Centennial Conference Football Defensive Honor Roll

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College linebacker George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) has been named to the November 14 Centennial Conference Football Defensive Honor Roll for his performance in a 38-20 win at Gettysburg College on November 13 to lead the Diplomats to a share of the 2004 Centennial Conference Championship.

Against the Bullets, he had seven solo stops, a tackle-for-loss of four yards, one fumble forced and a sack for loss of four yards as Franklin & Marshall held Gettysburg to 129 rushing yards and 161 passing yards for 290 yards of total offense.

On the year, he ranks 10th on the team in tackles with 39 (20 solo, 19 assisted) as he has registered seven tackles for loss of 36 yards, 3.5 sacks for 27 yards, one interception for 82 yards, four pass breakups and one fumble forced.

As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (first, 25.4 points), scoring defense (fifth, 16.8 points), pass offense (first, 234.2 yards), pass defense (seventh, 183.3 ypg), kickoff returns (third, 18.5 yards), punting (first, 40.8 yards), net punting (first, 35.1 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing offense (fourth, 137.8 yards), rushing defense (fifth, 141.4 yards), total offense (first, 372.0 yards), total defense (fifth, 324.7 yards), punt returns (sixth, 6.3 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.9), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 103.6), first downs (second, 187), opponent first downs (sixth, 178), sacks by (fifth, 19 for 116 yards), penalties (fifth, 48 for 507 yards), opponent penalties (first, 61 for 550 yards), fourth down conversions (second, 58.3 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 37.9 percent), red zone offense (second, 72.7 percent), red zone defense (second, 55.6 percent), third down conversions (third, 33.5 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 33.7 percent), sacks against (second, 16 for 91 yards), field goal percentage (third, 60.0 percent), PAT kicking (first, 32-for-33), time of possession (sixth, 28:05) and kickoff coverage (seventh, 23.2 yards).

In the Centennial Conference2C five teams (Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson and Johns Hopkins) in the seven-team league tied for the championship with identical conference records of 4-2 as the Centennial Conference became only the third league to finish with five champions.

In 1976, the Twin Rivers Conference (now known as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) had five champions - Concordia-St. Paul, Loras, Maranatha Baptist, Northwestern (Minn.) and Northwestern (Tenn.). In 1991, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had a five-way tie for the championship with Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Fort Valley State and Tuskegee.

The five champions mark the third time in the 22-year history of the Conference that more than two teams shared the title (1983, 2002) and the third time that teams have shared the trophy with two conference losses (1983, 1993).

In F&M history, the title marks the sixth (1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995) Centennial Conference crown and 13th Conference title following Middle Atlantic Conference championships in 1964, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1976.

Franklin & Marshall (7-3, 4-2 Centennial Conference) will now await word from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regarding a possible bid to the league's postseason Southwest Bowl game. Selections will be announced at noon on November 15.