Eight Diplomats Named to 2004 All-Centennial Conference Football Team

LANCASTER, PA - Franklin & Marshall College quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley), wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg), place-kicker/punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast), tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock), offensive lineman Brian Rice (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel), defensive lineman Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) and linebacker George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) have been named to the 2004 All-Centennial Conference football team.

A 2003 All-Centennial Conference second team selection, Harner earned first team honors as he has completed 92 of 193 attempts with six interceptions and 11 touchdowns for an average of 153.2 passing yards per game. Further, he has 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.

This season, of his 11 touchdown tosses eight were for 49 or more yards as he completed long touchdown passes against Oberlin (59, 98, 52), Johns Hopkins (79, 55), Hobart (49), Dickinson (80) and Gettysburg (49).

For his career, Harner has completed 222 of 461 passing attempts for 2,912 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons since transferring from Division II West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 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), Stephen and Eggertsson 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).

At wide receiver, Boyce earned All-CC first team honors for recording a breakout season in which he tallied 42 receptions for 759 yards and eight touchdowns to raise his numbers at the College to 55 receptions for 936 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons after transferring from West Chester University.

A unanimous first team selection at both place-kicker and punter, Eggertsson leads the Centennial Conference in punting with a 40.7 yard average (59 punts for 2,401 yards) and ranks second in point after efficiency (97.0 percent).

Further, he ranks third in field goals (six), fourth in field goal percentage (six-for-10, 60.0 percent), second in scoring by kick (50 points) and fourth in scoring with 5.0 points per game.

Historically, his 2,401 yards this season mark the third most yards ever punted for by a Franklin & Marshall player, while his average of 40.7 yards per punt establishes a new school season record erasing the previous mark of 39.9 set by Jon Bushey '97 (51 for 2,035 yards) in 1996. Further, this year's team averaged 40.8 yards per punt (60 for 2,448 yards) to eclipse the previous F&M season record of 39.01 held by the 1996 Diplomats.

A 2003 All-CC honorable mention selection at punter, Eggertsson has punted 152 times for 5,823 yards in his career with 45 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight fair catches and seven touchbacks to finish second in punting average behind Bushey (38.4) and fourth in total punts in program history.

At tailback, Stephen earned All-CC second team honors as he has carried 204 times for 806 yards with six rushing touchdowns this season as the Diplomats have accumulated 1,378 rushing yards on 384 carries for 10 touchdowns this season. In addition, he has pulled down 13 passes for 180 yards with three touchdowns and returned five punts for 32 yards.

Following a 162 yard rushing performance at Gettysburg in a 38-20 regular season ending victory, he moved into second place in single season rushes (204) and raised his career numbers to 619 carries for 2,231 yards as he ranks second in both categories in Franklin & Marshall College history as he is only the second player to reach 2,000 rushing yards. In addition, Stephen has also caught 38 passes for 368 yards and completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns as he was the Diplomats' starting quarterback as a freshman.

A transfer from Division I Southeast Louisiana State, left guard Rice anchored a Diplomats' offensive line that finished in the Centennial Conference for fewest sacks against (16 for 91 yards). Further, he helped Franklin & Marshall rank among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (first, 25.4 points), pass offense (first, 234.2 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing offense (fourth, 137.8 yards), total offense (first, 372.0 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.9), first downs (second, 187), fourth down conversions (second, 58.3 percent), red zone offense (second, 72.7 percent), third down conversions (third, 33.5 percent), field goal percentage (third, 60.0 percent), PAT kicking (first, 32-for-33) and time of possession (sixth, 28:05).

On the honorable mention defense, Capone garnered his second All-Centennial Conference after earning second team honors in 2003. This year, he has led the Diplomats in tackles with 62, including six tackles for loss of 13 yards and one sack for four yards, with one pass defense and a fumble recovery.

Against Ursinus in a 28-21 win, he recovered a fumble in the end zone after linebacker Joe LoCastro (Jr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) sacked Ursinus quarterback Vince Gallagher at the two yard line with 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter as Franklin & Marshall rallied from a 21-14 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Bears.

For his career, he has 213 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss of 83 yards and nine sacks for 41 yards, with three pass breakups, four fumbles forced and three fumble recoveries.

At linebacker, Farrell earned All-CC honorable mention as 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 and a touchdown, four pass breakups and one fumble forced.

Against Gettysburg, 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. At Muhlenberg, he batted and intercepted a Mules' pass and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown for the go ahead points in a 15-10 win.

The 2004 Centennial Conference co-champions with Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Johns Hopkins and Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall (7-3, 4-2 Centennial Conference) will continue the season at home on November 20 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest Championship game versus Moravian College.

The bid marks the fifth ECAC berth in school history and the second time F&M has hosted an ECAC game. In 1986, F&M fell at Wagner 40-28 in the first postseason game in program history. The next year the Diplomats knocked off Kean 21-0 in Lancaster for the program's first postseason win. Franklin & Marshall dropped St. Johns 31-18 on the road in 1989 for its second ECAC victory behind an MVP performance by wide receiver Dale Amos '90 before falling to the United States Merchant Marine Academy 20-0 at Robeson Stadium in East Orange, New Jersey in 1996.

The matchup will be the 19th meeting between the two former Middle Atlantic Conference opponents as F&M holds a 15-3 advantage in the series. The last time the two programs clashed, the Greyhounds defeated F&M 14-7 on September 12, 1992 in Bethlehem. Further, Franklin & Marshall dropped the last meeting with Moravian in Lancaster as the Diplomats fell 7-6 in the 1991 season opener.

The ECAC bid and Centennial Conference championship mark a dramatic five year comeback by the Diplomats as F&M finished 0-10 in 2000, 1-9 in 2001, 4-6 in 2002, 4-6 in 2003 and 7-3 this year.

Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.