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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 18th meeting between McDaniel (0-1, 0-0 CC) and Moravian (0-1, 0-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1972. The Greyhounds hold an 11-6 advantage in the all-time series, including three wins in the first three meetings since the renewal of conference foes in 2007 as well as last season, 21-7. The Green Terror snapped that streak with a 13-10 victory in 2010 in Westminster and made it back-to-back victories with a 35-14 home win in 2011.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Moravian scored 14 points in the final 1:06 of the first half to break a 7-all deadlock and defeat McDaniel 21-7 in the CC opener for both teams last season. Matt Emerson led the Green Terror on offense with 153 yards rushing on 21 carries. Joe Tegan led the offense for the Greyhounds with 129 yards rushing. Jimmy Lahue completed 14 of 22 passes for 178 yards.
LAST TIME OUT: Catholic jumped out to a 27-0 lead en route to a 48-16 win over McDaniel last week. Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) led the Green Terror on defense with a career-best 12 tackles while Erik Klugh (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor) chipped in 11 tackles – all solo stops. Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton) added 11 tackles, including a sack, and also caught an 18-yard pass off a fake punt in the fourth quarter. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the offense with 118 yards on 22 carries, leaving him 20 yards shy of second place on the program's all-time list. He also had both touchdowns. Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) went 17-for-41 for 218 yards.
WITH HONORS: Joe Rollins and Derrick Miles were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Rollins was named the offensive ledger after leading the Green Terror with 118 yards on 22 carries. He also scored both touchdowns. Miles earned the defensive nod after recording a career-high 12 tackles to lead the defense.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar, Derrick Miles, Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser), Joe Rollins and Pat Tighe (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) will captain the squad in 2013. All five are first-time captains and mark the most since 2009.
OPENING STATEMENTS: McDaniel had won back-to-back CC openers, snapping a four-year skid, but dropped a 21-7 decision at Moravian last year. After a one-year hiatus, the Green Terror returned to opening the conference slate against Moravian in 2011. The Greyhounds won each of the first three CC meetings when the two teams meet in the first conference game of the season. The Green and Gold are 14-16 in conference lidlifters since the inception of the CFC. The Green Terror dropped its first eight openers after the creation of the CFC in 1983 – all to Gettysburg. For the first 20 years, McDaniel and Gettysburg squared off with the Bullets holding a slight 11-9 advantage. Ursinus was the first opponent on the Green Terror's CC schedule for the next four years. McDaniel won the first three of those meetings.
THREE'S COMPANY: The Green Terror had three defenders reach double-digit tackles last week against Catholic. Derrick Miles led the way with a career-best 12 stops. Erik Klugh and Mike Cousar both added 11 tackles. All 11 of Klugh's stop came as solo tackles. Included in Cousar's 11 stops was a 19-yard sack that forced an intentional grounding call.
FAKING IT: Mike Cousar was also on the receiving end of a fourth-quarter fake punt by McDaniel. Facing fourth-and-8 at the Catholic 37, the snap went directly to Mike Oliveto in the personal-protector position. Oliveto found Cousar for an 18-yard gain and first down that led to a Joe Rollins six-yard touchdown run five plays later.
ROLLINS ALONG: Senior Joe Rollins enters his this week's game with 3,385 rushing yards in his career, which ranks third all-time in program history. He is one of just five running backs in the 30-year history of the CC to eclipse the 3,000-yard plateau in his first three seasons. Rollins needs just 21 yards to pass Rob Johnson for second place alone. Rollins would need a single-season program-record 2,014 yards to match Eric Frees' record of 5,281 yards from 1988 to 1991.
NEW MEMBER TO THE CLUB: Sophomore QB Ryan Yamada recorded his first 200-yard yard passing game last Saturday, completing 17 of 41 passes for 218 yards. He became the 15th Green Terror signal caller to record a 200-yard passing game and the first since Nick Valori (Sewall, N.J./Washington Twp.) threw for 231 in the 2012 season opener at Catholic.
SIX PACK OF KICKS: Six different Green Terror players returned a kickoff in Saturday night's opener. Erik Klugh was the team's leading returner with three returns for 36 yards. The other five men only had one return each, including the deep men on every kickoff – Joe Rollins and Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key). Rollins had a 21-yard return the one time he touched the ball while O'Melia took it back 12 yards.
AERIAL ATTACK: McDaniel was able to get a number of players involved in the passing game during the opener. Seven different players caught at least one of Ryan Yamada's 17 completions. Joe Rollins, in addition to his 22 rush attempts, was the leading receiver with five catches for 36 yards. Mike Oliveto caught four balls for 58 yards while Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and JT Kotowski (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) each had three snags for 44 and 41 yards, respectively.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror will enter the regular season with a roster of 96 players. Of those 99 players, 64 are either freshmen or sophomores. McDaniel will have a freshman class of 41 in 2013 – by far its largest class on the roster.
TERROR TIDBITS: Joe Rollins notched his 16th 100-yard rushing game last Saturday. The only Green Terror player with more in program history is all-time leading rusher Eric Frees (28)… Six McDaniel players have celebrated birthdays in the last eight days… In last week's opener with Catholic, the two teams combined to run 167 plays… The Green Terror was the most penalized team in the conference last week, being flagged nine times for 99 yards.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his second season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 0-11. He spent the previous 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… Jeff Pukszyn is in his third season as the head coach at Moravian after serving 10 years as assistant head coach. He enters today's game with a record of 4-17 after back-to-back 2-8 campaigns in his first two seasons. He joined the staff as a part-time coach in 1997 after a three-year playing career under former head coach and current Director of Athletics Scot Dapp that saw him named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference first team in 1994 and 1996. The two-time captain joined the staff full time in 1999 as defensive coordinator, a position he retains as the head man.
THE WORD ON MORAVIAN: The Greyhounds enter today's game off a 31-7 loss at Ithaca last Saturday… Robbie Moyer went 14-for-26 for Moravian for 163 yards to lead the offense. He also accounted for the squad's only touchdown, rushing for 16 yards on 15 attempts, including a five-yard run in the third quarter for the score… Anthony Orlando racked up 18 tackles to lead the defense, including 11 solo stops… Kevin Bracken also reached double digits with 11 stops… The Greyhounds turned the ball over four times, resulting in nine of the Bombers' points. Ithaca also stopped Moyer in the end zone late in the third quarter for a safety.