LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) has been named to the November 14 Centennial Conference Football Offensive 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 connected with wide receivers Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) and Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) for 17 and 49 yard touchdowns while completing 11 of 20 attempts for 141 yards. In addition, he found the end zone on a 14-yard keeper as he rushed for 16 yards on two carries.
This season he completed 92 of 193 attempts with six interceptions and 11 touchdowns for an average of 153.2 passing yards per game. Further, he carried 43 times for 171 yards with three rushing touchdowns as he led the team with 1,703 yards of net offense (170.3 ypg).
In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, he ranks among the CC leaders in passing average (second, 153.2 ypg), total offense (second, 170.3 ypg), pass efficiency (second, 126.9), completion percentage (sixth, 47.7) and passing touchdowns (third, 11) as he led the #1 ranked passing (234.2 ypg), scoring (25.4 ppg) and total (372.0 ypg) offense.
For his career, Harner has completed 222 of 461 passing attempts for 2,912 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Further, he has carried 134 times for 279 yards with five touchdowns for 3,191 yards of total offense to account for 25 touchdowns.
He combined with fellow quarterbacks Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City), the CC's top rated passer with a 132.4 efficiency rating, and Kyle Turner (So., Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield), tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) and punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) to complete 155 of 312 passes for 21 touchdowns and 2,342 yards as F&M reset the program single season record for passing offense previously held by the 1995 team (2,189 yards).
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 Conference, 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.