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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 46th meeting between McDaniel (0-6, 0-5 CC) and Dickinson (2-4, 2-3 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Green Terror leads the all-time series 36-30-1 but the Red Devils have won six of the last last meetings, including by a 17-16 margin last season on Friday night in Carlisle.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Dickinson scored 14 of the 17 second-half total points, including the go-ahead score with 7:25 remaining, to overcome a 13-3 halftime deficit and defeat McDaniel 17-16 last season. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards for the Green Terror. Rollins also caught two passes for 36 yards and returned two kickoffs for 46 yards to give him 232 all-purpose yards on the night. Mike Shimkin added his own 100-yard rushing day for the Red Devils, running 19 times for 124 yards. Cam Di Fede finished with nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
LAST TIME OUT: Franklin & Marshall scored the final 21 points of the game to secure a 35-10 victory over McDaniel last week. Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) led the Green Terror with two catches for 78 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown – one of nine different players to catch a pass from two quarterbacks. Seth McFall (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) went 10-for-17 for 133 yards and the touchdown while Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Consel) was 3-for-3 for 52 yards. Frank Strumolo led the Diplomats with 77 yards rushing on 17 carries, including a pair of scores.
WITH HONORS: Keith Woodrow and Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Woodrow earned the nod on offense after scoring the team's lone touchdown, grabbing a 62-yard scoring strike among his two catches for 78 yards. McLister was named to the defensive ledger after leading the Green Terror defense with nine tackles, including six solo stops, and two pass breakups.
LEADING THE WAY: Tyler Lloyd (Broad Run, Va./Fauquier), Tim McLister and Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) will captain the squad in 2012. White is a two-time captain while Lloyd and McLister will lead the squad for the first time as seniors.
THE BUTLER DID IT: On Saturday, junior TE Dinambi Butler (Sherman, Conn./New Milford) – a transfer from Juniata – made his first reception for the Green Terror. On the final play of the first half, Butler picked off a Franklin & Marshall Hail-Mary attempt to give McDaniel its second interception of the season. Then, in the fourth quarter, Butler nabbed a 29-yard reception from Ryan Yamada for his first offensive reception. Butler is just the 33rd player in program history to record both a reception and interception in his career and just the fifth in the last 35 years. Matt Lufkin '07 is the last player to turn the trick in the same season, recording an interception in the first game of 2005 and a catch in the final game.
WHAT DO YA KNOW, WOODROW: Keith Woodrow snapped the Green Terror's seven-quarter drought without a touchdown when he snagged a 62-yard pass from Seth McFall with 4:37 to play in Saturday's second quarter. The 62-yard pass play was the fifth time this season that McDaniel had an offensive play of 60 or more yards and Woodrow was the third different player to have a 60-yard play to his credit. Joe Rollins had two runs go for more than 60 yards against Ursinus while Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) snagged a pair of 60-plus touchdown receptions against Catholic.
SPREADING THE LOVE: Over the last three games, McDaniel has had 14 different players contribute yards to the offense. Of those 14 players, three are in their first year with the team. Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and Aqil Tweedy (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) both recorded their first catches against Ursinus on Sept. 22. Montgomery now has five catches for 58 yards while Tweedy has four grabs for 33 yards. Dinambi Butler made his first reception in a Green Terror uniform on Saturday – a 29-yard connection. McDaniel has also used three quarterbacks during the same period.
MCFALLBACK PLAN: With yet another injury this season, Seth McFall made his first collegiate start at quarterback on Saturday. The sophomore came into the game with experience but took over the starting job after the bye. In the game, McFall threw his first collegiate touchdown. He also threw for a career-best 133 yards on 10 of 17 passing.
BEST BE FIRST: Ryan Yamada got his first action of the season on Saturday. The rookie quarterback debuted with a perfect 3-for-3 showing through the air. He threw for 52 yards in the two series he was on the field. Early in the fourth quarter, Yamada moved the offense inside the Diplomat 30 before a fumble ended the drive.
TERROR TIDBITS: Donny Sherman (White Hall, Md./Havre de Grace) and Tim McLister had two pass breakups each on Saturday.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his first season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 0-6. He spent the last eight seasons as the defensive coordinator, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011. In his first season at Albright, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship. His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl… Darwin Breaux is in his 20th season guiding the Red Devils. He has compiled a 119-81-1 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 119 wins are the most by any Red Devil mentor.
THE WORD ON DICKINSON: The Red Devils enter today's game off a 49-0 home loss to Johns Hopkins last Saturday… The Blue Jays, ranked 18th in the d3football.com poll last week, blocked a punt on Dickinson's first possession to take over at the Red Devil 6. One play later, the visitors took a 7-0 lead just 1:27 into the game and never looked back… Johns Hopkins outgained its hosts, 533-272… Shawn Wilson led the Red Devils offense with 61 yards rushing on eight carries… Mike Carmella went 9-for-20 for 69 yards while Cole Ahnell was 9-for-14 for 66 yards. Both quarterbacks threw an interception… Ahnell is the team's leading rusher with 138 yards on 70 attempts… Shea Licata has rushed 47 times for 130 yards… Wilson has 115 yards on 27 carries… As a team, Dickinson has just 564 net rushing yards through six games. The 94.0 yards per game ranks eighth in the CC… Ahnell is averaging 112.2 yards per game passing, completing 59.4 percent of his attempts… The Red Devils' 138.8 yards per game through the air is last in the league… Dickinson has just six offensive touchdowns this season but has four on defense on special teams, returning two punts, an interception and a fumble for a score… Matt Wood has all four receiving touchdowns and is the team leader with 330 yards on 18 receptions… Shane Mitchell leads the defense with 45 tackles, including 4.0 for loss… Connor Thompson ranks second on the squad with 42 tackles. He also has two breakups and the fumble return… Michael Miller has 37 tackles and a pair of interceptions. One of those picks went for a touchdown.