McDaniel at Juniata
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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 25th meeting between McDaniel (0-7, 0-6 CC) and Juniata (1-6, 0-6 CC) in a series that dates back to 1923. The Green Terror has won the last three meetings, including by a 23-19 margin in Westminster last season, to take a 12-11-1 lead in the all-time series. The Eagles last win came by a 12-10 margin in 2008.
WHEN LAST WE MET: In a second half filled with snow in the air and on the field, the two teams combined for 35 points but seven first-half points proved to be more than the difference in McDaniel's 23-19 victory over Juniata last season. Behind 170 yards from Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville), the Green Terror racked up 265 of its 300 yards of total offense in the second half to snap a five-game slide. Ward Udinksi led the Eagles with 168 yards passing and 77 yards rushing.
LAST TIME OUT: Dickinson scored the final 17 points of the game to defeat McDaniel 38-31 in overtime last week. Joe Rollins led the Green Terror on offense with 216 yards on 38 carries to go with three touchdowns. Zach Martin (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) added the fourth touchdown, returning his own blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown. Martin chipped in 11 tackles, including a sack and pass breakup. Cole Ahnell paced the Red Devils with 107 yards passing and 83 yards rushing, including engineering the 78-yard game-tying drive in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Zach Martin was named CC Special Teams Player of the Week after being in on a pair of blocked punts last week. He recovered a second-quarter block to set up the team's second touchdown before blocking a third-quarter punt. On the third-quarter block, he caught the ball and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown.
WITH HONORS: Joe Rollins and Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Rollins earned the nod on offense after running for 216 yards and scoring his first three touchdowns of the season. He averaged 5.7 yards on his 38 carries and added eight receiving yards to finish with 224 all-purpose yards. Cousar was named to the defensive ledger after leading the Green Terror defense with 12 tackles.
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.
ZACH ATTACK: Senior Zach Martin had an all-around banner day on Saturday. Not only did he record 11 tackles, including a sack, on defense but he also had a huge impact on special teams. He was part of both punts the team blocked. In the second quarter, he recovered the punt Tim Jarosinski (Towson, Md./Towson) blocked before blocking one of his own and scooping it out of the air in the third quarter. Martin then took the recovery 18 yards to the end zone to give McDaniel a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
BLOCK PARTY: For the first time in two years, the Green Terror blocked a pair of kicks in the same game. The last time came on Oct. 23, 2010 at Ursinus when McDaniel blocked a pair of PATs. The last two blocked-punt game came the week before that – at home – against Susquehanna.
KEEP ROLLING ALONG: Joe Rollins recorded his fourth career 200-yard rushing day and second this season on Saturday. It was also the 12th time that he reached triple digits and third time in five full games this season. His 216 yards gives him 2,752 for his career and moves him into fourth place all-time in Green Terror history. The junior needs just 272 more yards over the final three games for his second straight 1,000-yard season. That total would also move him into third place all-time, passing Joe Brockmeyer.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: The 27-yard touchdown run by Joe Rollins in the first quarter on Saturday marked the first time all season that the Green Terror took a lead on the scoreboard. McDaniel held an advantage on the scoreboard for 26 minutes, 8 seconds on Saturday, representing just 6.2 percent of the 420 minutes played this season.
SACK LUNCH: The Green Terror recorded three sacks on Saturday to double its season total through the first six games of the campaign. Zach Martin had a solo sack while Mike Cousar, Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun), Joe Soellner (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Gavin Reilly (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) were all in other the other two. McDaniel now has six sacks on the year after recoding 81 over the last over the last three seasons.
ON THE OTHER SIDE: For the first time all season, the Green Terror won the turnover battle. The squad recovered a pair of fumbles – the first time it had done that all season – while the offense had just one giveaway. The offense's giveaway came on an interception late in the first quarter. On defense, Billy Wessells (Middletown, Del./Middletown) recovered a mishandled exchange midway through the opening period, setting up Joe Rollins' 27-yard touchdown scamper one play later – the first points McDaniel scored off a turnover this year. Taylor Rush (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) jumped on a muffed punt late in the first half for the second fumble recovery.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror has not had the same starting lineup in any game this season. The offense put the same starting 11 on the field against Ursinus and Gettysburg. However, the defense has not had the same lineup in any of the first seven games… Through seven games this season, opponents have racked up seven plays of 20 or more yards six times against McDaniel… The 31 points were a season-high for the Green Terror. Entering Saturday, McDaniel had only scored 41 in its first five CC games combined.
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 0-7. 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… Tim Launtz is in his second season at the helm of the Eagles, entering today with a record of 2-15. He became Juniata's 22nd head coach after serving 15 years on the staff, going 1-9 in his first season as the head man. He most recently served seven seasons as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he mentored the receiving corps, defensive backs and served as special teams coordinator from 1997-99. The Huntingdon native graduated from Juniata in 1980.
THE WORD ON JUNIATA: The Eagles enter today's game off a 35-14 loss at Muhlenberg on Saturday, dropping their sixth in a row. Juniata trailed just 14-7 at the break but Muhlenberg ran off 21 straight third-quarter points for the win… Ward Udinski threw for 209 yards on 19 of 36 passing… Julian Valdiserri finished just shy of 100 yards receiving, catching eight passes for 99 yards… Udinksi ran for another 15 yards, including both touchdowns from a yard out… Udinski is second in the CC with 1,653 passing yards, completing 59.8 percent of his passes. He is also tied for the team lead with 265 yards rushing. He has seven rushing touchdowns and six passing… Zach McCaulley has matched Udinski with 265 net yards rushing on just 75 carries… Valdiserri leads Juniata with 37 receptions and is second on the squad with 409 yards receiving… Dominic Bornman has 35 catches for 449 yards… The Eagles have given up 24 or more points in every CC game this year. The 35 points allowed last week were the most since a 28-7 loss to Gettysburg on Sept. 15.