Dickinson at McDaniel
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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 66th meeting between McDaniel (3-0, 2-0 CC) and Dickinson (0-2, 0-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Green Terror leads the all-time series 36-28-1 but the Red Devils have won four of the last five meetings, including by a 35-7 margin last season in Carlisle.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Ian Mitchell threw for 156 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 126 and three scores to lead Dickinson to a 35-7 CC victory over McDaniel last season. The Red Devils rushed for 256 yards as a team, scoring at least one touchdown in each quarter. Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Green Terror, who were outgained 412-231 on the day.
LAST TIME OUT: Chris Kolb (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) helped McDaniel to a 3-0 record with three interceptions, three pass breakups and three tackles in a 24-14 non-conference win at Catholic last week. The Green Terror has its most complete offensive day of the season to help the stalwart defense, rolling up a season-high 312 yards of offense behind Tom Massucci's (Seneca, N.J./Tabernacle) sixth career 200-yard passing game. Massucci completed 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Senior Chris Kolb earned the CC Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Green Terror to a third straight win last week. It marks the second time in his career that he earned the honor. Kolb is also the fourth Green Terror player this season to be recognized. Kolb had a huge day in the secondary for the Green Terror, thwarting Catholic drives in a 24-14 win. The senior cornerback made a career-high three interceptions for the first three-pick day by a Green Terror player since Marvin Deal intercepted three Muhlenberg passes on Oct. 5, 1996. Kolb added three pass breakups and three tackles, including knocking down the final pass of the game to keep the Cardinals out of the end zone. He now has four interceptions for the season and 10 for his career.
WITH HONORS: Tom Massucci and CJ Billera (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) earned spots on their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Massucci earned the offensive nod after completing 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards – his sixth career 200-yard passing game. He threw three touchdowns and no interceptions. Billera was tabbed the special teams ledger after racking up 117 all-purpose yards, 70 of which came in the return game. He had 44 kickoff- and 26 punt-return yards.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), Chris Kolb (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) will captain the squad in 2010. The three captains are the fewest named by the Green Terror since 2007 when it was just Brad Baer and Ryan Mellinger guiding the team. Cahill and Slaughter become the first three-time captains in the history of the program. Kolb will join his senior teammates as a first-time captain.
THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN: The American Football Coaches Association released its initial poll on Monday. The Green Terror was one of four conference teams to receive votes in the first ranking. McDaniel received two votes. Johns Hopkins received nine votes, Ursinus had eight tallies and Franklin & Marshall came in with five markers.
ROAD BLOCK: The Green Terror rush defense has been nothing short of spectacular through the first three games of the season. Collectively, the defense has allowed a combined 117 yards. The 39.0 yard-per-game average ranks fifth in Division III. It isn't like opponents haven't attempted to run the ball either. Each of McDaniel's opponents have attempted at least 24 rush attempts but no team has been able to gain more than 67 yards on the ground. Since Juniata racked up 67 yards in the opener, the run defense has gotten even better, holding Moravian and Catholic to a combined 50 yards, including a 35-rush, 17-yard performance out of the Greyhounds. The Green Terror ranks 17th in Division III in total defense, allowing 215.7 yards per game overall.
THREE'S A CROWD?: Senior CB Chris Kolb had a career day in the McDaniel secondary last Saturday, making three interceptions. It was the first time a single Green Terror player had intercepted three passes in the same game since Marvin Deal picked off three Muhlenberg passes in a 27-14 win on Oct. 5, 1996. Kolb added three pass breakups and three tackles. He now has four interceptions on the season and 10 for his career. Kolb's 1.33 interceptions per game ranks second in the conference and fifth in Division III, behind another Chris – Ursinus' Chris Roundtree, who is averaging 1.67 per game.
MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT: After sub-par performances in the first two weeks of his second full season as the starter, Tom Massucci bounced back in a big way last week. The junior completed 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards. He also threw his first three touchdown passes of the season and did not throw an interception for the first time in eight games. It marked Massucci's sixth career 200-yard passing game. Only Brian Van Deusen '96 (23), Ron Sermarini '00 (18) and Boo Harris '02 (8) threw for more in their careers. For the season, Massucci is completing 53.1 percent of his passes (51 of 96) for 501 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions.
KEEP ROLLINS, ROLLINS, ROLLINS: Freshman Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) had a good debut two weeks ago against Moravian. He took it up a level last week at Catholic, however. In addition to his three rushes for 10 yards, he also took a screen pass from Massucci early in the fourth quarter and scampered 30 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
FAMILY TRADITION: Zach Martin (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) joined the Green Terror this season after transferring from William and Mary and has many connections to the program even before stepping onto the football field on the Hill. He played in two games last season for the Tribe – the alma mater of linebackers coach Josh Rutter. Martin played his high school ball at River Hill and was coached by Green Terror standout and 2006 Sports Hall of Fame inductee Brian Van Deusen '96, who is still the most prolific passer in program history. The closest connection for Martin, however, comes from his older brothers, Chris and Tyler, who both played for McDaniel. Chris was a standout receiver and return man between 2003 and 2006. He finished his career with 43 receptions for 371 yards but had 68 punt returns for 664 yards and 45 kickoff returns for 915 yards. In his first significant action of the season, Zach stepped in for Tommy Prazenica (Frederick, Md./Frederick) after he was injured early in the game and racked up 10 tackles and a fumble recovery at outside linebacker. Martin is slated to make his first collegiate start at that position today.
SPREAD THE LOVE: Tom Massucci threw the ball 32 times last Saturday but didn't necessarily have a favorite target in his first 200-yard passing game of the season. Eight different Green Terror players caught a pass in the game. CJ Billera had the most receptions (6) while Matt Cahill had the most yardage (67) but 35 of that came on one of his two touchdown receptions. Billera and Cahill combined for 11 of the 21 catches but Massucci also connected with six other receivers, including four of the top five wideouts on the depth chart. He also found four running backs out of the backfield for six of his completions. On the year, 10 different offensive players have caught a pass.
TWO TIMES SIX: For the second time in his career, Matt Cahill caught a pair of touchdown passes. He also had a two-touchdown day against Ursinus last season. He marked the third time in career, however, that he accounted for two touchdowns. Against Johns Hopkins in last year's finale, Cahill caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 85 yards late in the game.
BACK 'EM UP: A week after racking up 14 tackles for loss, the Green Terror had another eight tackles for loss at Catholic last week led by another 2.5 by Sam Cox (Towson, Md./Towson), who now has 6.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks for the season. As a unit, the McDaniel defense leads the conference and ranks 17th in Division III with 9.33 tackles for loss per game. The team's 3.33 sacks per game is tied for the CC lead with Ursinus and ranks 22nd in Division III.
I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) matched Zach Martin with team-high honors in tackles with a career-high 10. Taking over at middle linebacker after the graduation of all-conference performer Mike Weick, Weiner has picked right up where Weick left off and leads the team with 22 stops this season. Weick led the team in tackles from the middle linebacker spot each of the last two seasons.
CONTROLLING THE SHORT FIELD: McDaniel had an average starting field position of its own 48-yard line last week at Catholic – 25 yards better than the Cardinals. Five of the Green Terror's 12 drives started on the Catholic side of midfield. Despite the short fields most of the day, the offense was able to control the time of possession and held the ball for 37 minutes, 20 seconds, including for 21:56 in the second half. However of the five times the Green Terror started with the ball in Cardinal territory, the offense only came away with one score.
FAMILY MATTERS: Despite its less-than-spectacular record over the last few years, the Green Terror has continued one trend – winning on Parents and Families Weekend. The lone home wins over in two of the last three seasons for McDaniel have come on Families Weekends. The Green Terror downed Juniata 14-10 in 2007 and defeated Dickinson 20-13 in the rain in 2008. The streak is known to date back to 1994 but it has not been able to be confirmed which game had the designation in 1993 to know if head coach Tim Keating is a perfect 17-0 in front of the Families Weekend crowd.
TERROR TIDBITS: Chris Kolb caught more than passes than all but two Catholic receivers last week. He also had as many or more catches than all but two Green Terror receivers… The Green Terror offense, which put up just 401 yards combined in the first two weeks, amassed a season-high 312 last week at Catholic… Through three games last season, the defense had been gashed for 331 net rushing yards. It had allowed 584 yards through four games.… For the second time in his career, Matt Cahill caught two touchdown passes. It was his third two-score day after a receiving and return TD against Johns Hopkins last season… McDaniel is 3-0 for the first time since starting 2005 with a 4-0 record.
COACHES' CORNER: Tim Keating is in his 18th season at the helm of the Green Terror. His 106 victories are the most by any McDaniel coach. Keating enters this week with record of 106-70-3, 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 18th season guiding the Red Devils. He has compiled a 110-66-1 record and guided Dickinson to the five post-season appearances, including a 2006 NCAA appearance after winning the CC championship and an ECAC appearance in 2008. The 110 wins are the most by any Red Devil mentor.
THE WORD ON DICKINSON: The Red Devils enter today's game off a 35-26 loss to Franklin & Marshall last Friday night. The Diplomats claimed the Conestoga Wagon for the first time since 2003 behind a 21-0 second-half run that turned a 20-14 deficit into a 35-20 lead with 3:33 to play… Dickinson ranks last in the conference in scoring defense, allowing an average of 36.5 points per game through its first two contests… Ricky Martz has completed 23 of his 40 pass attempts in his first two games taking over for all-conference QB Ian Mitchell. He has 318 yards passing with three touchdowns and only one interception… Craig Helfer has been Martz's favorite target early on, racking up nearly a third of the team's receiving yards. He has eight catches for 188 yards and a touchdown… The Red Devils do not have a running back with more than 50 yards combined in the first two games but seven rushers have accumulated no fewer than 10 yards on the ground…. Andrew Fink leads the way on defense with 20 tackles.