Susquehanna at McDaniel
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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 13th meeting between McDaniel (0-8, 0-7 CC) and Susquehanna (4-4, 3-4 CC) in a series that dates back to 1961. The all-time series is tied at 6-all after the Crusaders snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with a 29-14 win in Selinsgrove. The Green Terror won the inaugural CC showdown 35-0 in the last meeting in Westminster.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Susquehanna scored the final 16 points of the game to defeat McDaniel 29-14 last season. Nick Valori (Treasure Island, Fla./Washington Twp. [N.J.]) completed 20 of 31 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown to lead the Green Terror, who got six catches from Mike Oliveto and five from Woody Butler. Oliveto's six catches were worth 80 yards while Butler's had 74 yards receiving. Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) caught four balls for 33 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown. Greg Tellish rushed 25 times to lead the Crusaders, accumulating 172 yards. He also caught three passes for a team-high 73 yards. Quarterback Rich Palazzi was 15-for-20 for 230 yards.
LAST TIME OUT: Juniata scored 14 points after McDaniel pulled within 10-7 with 12:25 to play in the game to secure a 24-7 CC victory last Saturday. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) ran for 106 yards on the day for the Green Terror, recording his fourth 100-yard rushing day of the season. Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) threw for 147 yards on 13 of 26 passing and his first collegiate passing score. Ward Udinski led the Eagles with 306 yards passing, completing 18 of 26 passes with a touchdown. He also ran for another 65 yards and two scores.
WITH HONORS: Ryan Yamada, James Price (Baltimore, Md./W.E.B. DuBois) and Zach Martin (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Yamada earned the nod on offense after throwing for 147 yards on 13 of 26 passing. He threw his first collegiate touchdown pass. Price was named to the defensive ledger after leading the Green Terror defense with eight tackles, including a half-sack, and two pass breakups. Martin earned a spot on the special teams list after blocking a kick for the second week in a row. On Saturday, Martin blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter. He also added eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss.
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.
THANK YOU, SENIORS: Today marks the final home game for up to 18 McDaniel seniors. Of those 18 players, no fewer than 12 have been a starter this season. Eight of those 12 have been multiple-year starters for the Green Terror, who has amassed 12 wins over the last four years.
HELLO, ALUMS: Today is Homecoming on the Hill for McDaniel. In addition to the normal festivities, halftime will feature the dedication of the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium. The Green Terror is 54-23-1 on Homecoming, including winning 13 of the last 19.
DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE: Today's halftime will feature the dedication of the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, which includes a 1,434-seat grandstand. Gill, class of 1961, is a current trustee and spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the stadium. The halftime ceremony will include President Dr. Roger Casey, board chair Martin K.P. Hill, Gill, members of the stadium committee and donors as well as student-athlete leaders. Athlete-led tours of the stadium, which includes team rooms, a concession area, VIP suite and separate game operations, coaches and broadcast areas, are available from 10 a.m. until the end of the game.
ZACH ATTACK: Senior Zach Martin blocked a kick for the second straight week in addition to his 19 tackles over the last two contests. A week after blocking a third-quarter Dickinson punt and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown, Martin blocked a 27-yard field-goal attempt late in the third quarter at Juniata.
KEEP ROLLING ALONG: Joe Rollins reached triple digits for the fourth time in six full games this season. The 106-yard day on Saturday was his 13th career 100-yard rushing day. He now has 2,858 yards for his career. The junior needs just 166 more yards over the final two games for his second straight 1,000-yard season. That total would also move him into third place all-time, passing Joe Brockmeyer.
SACK LUNCH: After recording just three sacks over the first six weeks of the season, the Green Terror recorded has had three sacks in each of its last two games. Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) led the way with his first two-sack day among his career-high seven tackles. Miles had 3.5 tackles for loss on the day. James Price and Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) also had a half-sack each. McDaniel now has nine sacks on the year after recoding 81 over the last three seasons.
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Ryan Yamada and Dinambi Butler (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll) connected on the Green Terror's lone touchdown of the day on Saturday. It was Yamada's first collegiate passing TD and Butler's first score.
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.
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 and once against Dickinson and Juniata. However, the defense has not had the same lineup in any of the first eight games… Three McDaniel receivers had no fewer than three catches and 34 yards. Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) made five grabs (34 yards). Aqil Tweedy (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) had 58 yards on three catches.… Tight ends coach Greg Tellish played for Susquehanna, graduating last spring.
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 0-8. 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… Steve Briggs is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Crusaders. He enters today's game with a 122-109 record. He guided Susquehanna to a Liberty League championship in the team's final season with the conference in 2009. In his 22 seasons in charge, he has compiled 14 non-losing seasons.
THE WORD ON SUSQUEHANNA: The Crusaders enter today's game off a 24-17 win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Susquehanna was able to muster only 224 yards of total offense but scored 17 points off three Diplomat turnovers. One play after a Will Dyson interception, Taylor Kolmer hit Mike Ritter for an 80-yard touchdown pass for a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Nick Algeldinger returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and 17-14 lead… Ritter is the conference's leading receiver with 610 yards on 43 grabs… Eight different Crusaders have thrown a pass this season. Kolmer is 85-for-144 for 902 yards and five touchdowns… Connor McGrath is the team's leading rusher with 676 yards and five scores… Spencer Hotaling is second in the CC, averaging 39.7 yards on his 32 punts. He is also 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts and 20-for-21 in extra-point tries… Adrian Bernard and Jack McCarty are third (76) and fifth (69), respectively, in the conference in tackles… Bernard has a CC-high three forced fumbles while McCarty has recovered a CC-high three fumbles… Dyson is the league leader in passes defended with nine breakups and three interceptions.