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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 65th meeting between McDaniel (2-1, 0-1 CC) and Dickinson (3-0, 1-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Green Terror leads the all-time series 36-27-1, including a win last season in Westminster that snapped the Red Devils' three-game winning streak in the series.
WHEN LAST WE MET: T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) contributed 134 of McDaniel's 193 total yards in a 20-13 victory over Dickinson in CC action last season. The Red Devils, who outgained the Green Terror by a 423-193 margin, got 279 yards, including a game-high 131 rushing, from quarterback Ian Mitchell in their first CC loss of the season. With the game knotted at 13, Dickinson fumbled at its own 20. Chris Kolb (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) picked up the ball at the 24 and returned it 20 yards to set up McDaniel inside the Red Devil 5. Develin needed just one play to bounce left and find the end zone for a 19-13 advantage. Jay Leonard, who was 1-for-2 on extra points to that point in the game, split the uprights for the seven-point advantage.
LAST TIME OUT: Joe Lapkowicz (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Twp.) turned a bad snap on the game-tying field goal attempt into a four-yard touchdown run with 2:20 to play, lifting McDaniel to a 21-17 victory over Catholic last Saturday. Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) recorded a career-best 12 tackles to key the Green Terror defense. He also added two pass breakups and an interception, of which the interception and one breakup came after Lapkowicz's go-ahead score. Nick Bender (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Twp.) amassed a career-best 140 yards on 12 catches.
WITH HONORS: Nick Bender, Travis Wenrich and Joe Lapkowicz earned spots on their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week for their roles in the win. Bender earned the offensive nod after amazing a career-high 140 receiving yards on 12 catches. Wenrich earned a spot on the defensive ledger after recording a career-high 12 tackles. He added one interception and two pass breakups, including one in the end zone as time expired to preserve the win. Lapkowicz was named to the special teams list after turning a bad snap on the game-tying field goal attempt into the game-winning score, rushing four yards for a touchdown with 2:20 on the clock.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), Austin Herr (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola), Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) and Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) will all captain the squad in 2009. The five captains are the most named by the Green Terror since five players led the 2003 squad. Three of the four elected to the post this season are two-time captains. Cahill, Slaughter and Zwilsky were all captains in 2008 as well. They are the 11th, 12th and 13th two-time captains during Tim Keating's tenure.
NOT JUST AN AVERAGE (PLAY) JOE: With its starting quarterback ailing on the bench, senior backup QB Zach Swope (Jessup, Md./Hammond) led the Green Terror down the field in a 17-14 deficit late in the fourth quarter. When that drive stalled at the Cardinal 4, Joe Lapkowicz trotted on the field with Nick DeLuca (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and the rest of the field goal team. Lapkowicz, the holder, fielded a low snap but didn't have a chance to get the ball in place for the DeLuca to put through the uprights and tie the game. Instead, the senior had to think on his feet. He rolled to his left and saw nothing but green, so instead of helping his team tie the game with 2:20 left, Lapkowicz scampered four yards for his first collegiate rushing touchdown and the go-ahead score.
ON A BENDER: For the second time in three games this season, McDaniel had a 100-yard receiver. Two weeks after Matt Cahill recorded 118 yards in the home opener, the Green Terror returned home and received another big day from a wideout. Last week, it was Nick Bender grabbing 12 catches for a career-best 140 yards. Entering the day, he had seven receptions for 69 yards in the first two games of the year. In fact, he had only 135 career receiving yards over his first 19 career games before exploding for the Green Terror's biggest day by a receiver since the 2002 season opener (Joey Ellis, 176).
DEFENDING HIS HOUSE: After Joe Lapkowicz put the Green Terror on top by four with 2:20 to play on Saturday, the McDaniel defense knew it just had to keep Catholic out of the end zone. Senior CB Travis Wenrich did all he could to do just that. On the Cardinals' drive immediately following the touchdown, Wenrich intercepted the second attempt of the drive to give his offense possession with 1:53 to play. After a three-and-out forced the Green to punt, giving Catholic the ball at its own 36, Matt Cantfio had his team to the McDaniel 22 with 4.7 seconds on the clock. Wenrich sealed the win, breaking up a pass to the back of the end zone as time expired. In addition to his interception and two breakups, Wenrich also made a career-high 12 tackles.
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE: After two weeks of the season, McDaniel was ranked 22nd in all of Division III in rush defense, allowing just 108 yards on the ground combined in its first two games. However, the Green Terror did not have such success against Catholic last week. The Cardinals gashed McDaniel for 223 yards rushing behind a 142-yard afternoon from Rich Barry. As a result, the squad is now allowing an average of 110.33 yards per game and dipped to 63rd in the nation. McDaniel ranks second in the CC behind Muhlenberg (78.5 ypg).
HITTING TRIPLE DIGITS: Saturday's win was the 100th for Tim Keating in his 17 years at the helm of the Green Terror. Keating was already the winningest coach in program history, supplanting Charlie Havens '30 with his 78th win at Dickinson in 2003. Keating has a 100-66-3 record for a .601 winning percentage at McDaniel. He ranks third in the CC with 126 wins behind Gettysburg's Barry Streeter (152) and Moravian's Scot Dapp (136).
SACK LUNCH: In 2008, the Green Terror defense recorded just nine sacks for the entire season. Through three games in 2009, the unit has already gotten to the quarterback a CC-best nine times. Mike Ford (Drexel Hill, Pa./Haverford Twp.) leads the conference with 4.5 sacks, forcing the opponents back 52 yards on those plays. Ford is tied for ninth in the nation in sacks per game (1.5) and tied for third in tackles for loss (2.83). The team's nine sacks have totaled 72 negative yards - 34 yards more than any other team in the conference. Conversely, the offensive line has allowed just four sacks a year after giving up 34.
TERROR TIDBITS: McDaniel has not won back-to-back games since a 4-0 start to the 2005 season... The Green Terror has lost 12 consecutive road conference games dating back to a 13-6 win at Muhlenberg on Nov. 5, 2005... McDaniel has rolled up 300-plus yards of total offense in all three games this season. It's the first time the squad has done that since opening the 2005 season with three straight 300-yard games.
COACHES' CORNER: Tim Keating is in his 17th season at the helm of the Green Terror. His 100 victories are the most by any McDaniel coach. Keating enters the 2009 campaign with record of 100-66-3, guiding the program to seven CC championships and a pair of NCAA playoff wins. Before coming to the Hill, Keating notched a 26-23 record in five seasons at Wesley... Darwin Breaux is in his 17th season guiding the Red Devils. He has compiled a 105-62-1 record and guided Dickinson to the five post-season appearances, including a 2006 NCAA appearance after winning the CC championship and an ECAC appearance last year. The 98 wins are the most by any Red Devil mentor.
THE WORD ON DICKINSON: The Red Devils enter today's game at 3-0 after a 45-43 victory at Franklin & Marshall in their conference opener last week... Ian Mitchell ran for a team-high 179 yards and two touchdowns in the win in addition to passing for 104 more with two touchdowns to earn CC Offensive Player of the Week honors... For the season, Mitchell leads the team with 394 rushing yards and enters today with 2,046 for his career - the most rushing yards by a CC quarterback, breaking Jamie Harris' mark of 1,892... By year's end, Dickinson could have four career 1,000-yard rushers on the team. Tim Wells (974), Greg Lord (927) and Tim Smith (791) are all within striking distance of the milestone... The Red Devils lead the conference in scoring offense (41.0 ppg) and rushing offense (292.7 ypg) while ranking second in total offense (449.3 ypg), first downs (70) and pass efficiency (157.3)... Mitchell's 131.3 rushing yards per game also leads the CC. Lord ranks sixth (58.3 ypg) while Wells and Smith are tied for eighth (51.0)... Dickinson has won five straight games dating back to last season. The Red Devils have reached the 40-point mark in three of those five games and are averaging 41.2 points per game over the streak.