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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 66th meeting between McDaniel (1-3, 1-2 CC) and Gettysburg (2-2, 1-2 CC) in a series that dates back to 1891. The Bullets lead the all-time series 47-18-1, including a 35-3 win last season. The last Green Terror victory was by a 36-30 margin in 2010.
WHEN LAST WE MET: After a tightly contested first half, Gettysburg outscored McDaniel 21-0 in the second half to secure a 35-3 CC victory. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror with his second straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 138 yards on the ground. He also added 28 yards receiving. As a team, McDaniel finished with 198 yards rushing – the first time this season the Bullets allowed more than 100 yards rushing in a game. Kody Smith paced the hosts with 108 yards passing and 48 yards rushing. Ted Delia added 68 yards rushing and three scores.
LAST TIME OUT: Ursinus jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 40-21 victory over McDaniel in CC action last Saturday. Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) led the Green Terror with his fifth career 100-yard receiving day, catching seven balls for 143 yards that included a pair of spectacular touchdown grabs. Jason Golderer led the Bears on the ground with 160 yards on 32 carries. Jerry Rahill caught eight passes for 181 yards and three scores.
WITH HONORS: Nick O'Melia, Ralph Bernardo (Rockville, Md./Thomas S. Wootten) and Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. O'Melia was named to the offensive list after leading the Green Terror with seven catches for 143 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. Bernardo earned the defensive nod after establishing a career high with 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops. Windisch earned a spot on the special teams ledger after recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area), Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin), 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.
BLOCK PARTY: The Green Terror still does not have an official punt-return yard through four games. However, McDaniel does now have a touchdown. On the second play of the second quarter, Ursinus was punting from its own 11-yard line. Mike Oliveto broke through the line and blocked the kick. Marty Windisch was able to fall on the ball for his first collegiate touchdown. Aqil Tweedy (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonia Forge) nearly got to a second Bear punt in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.
O-ME, O-MY: After netting just 64 yards on nine catches through the first three games of the season, Nick O'Melia reemerged as a big-play receiving threat in a big way last Saturday at Ursinus. O'Melia grabbed seven catches for 143 yards to record his fifth career 100-yard receiving game. Two of his grabs went for touchdowns, including a one-handed snag in the corner of the end zone with 6:12 remaining in the game. The 143 yards receiving was O'Melia's third most in a single game.
BACKING IT UP: McDaniel starting linebackers combined last Saturday for nearly half of the team's tackles, registering 33 of the 67 for the game. Freshman MLB Ralph Bernardo established a career high with 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops. Senior OLB Taylor Rush (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) added a career-best 11 stops, including 10 of the solo variety while Mike Cousar chipped in with eight to give him a team-best 38 on the season.
RUSH HOUR: In addition to his 11 tackles on Saturday, Taylor Rush also had two tackles for loss. The senior also recorded his first interception, snagging the pass on Ursinus' first play from scrimmage. It was the third Green Terror interception in the last three games after Mike Cousar recorded picks in each of the previous two contests.
OFF HIS ROLL: For the first time this season, Joe Rollins was held under 100 yards rushing. His 65 rushing yards was the fewest he has had in a game since Oct. 13 at Franklin & Marshall last season when the Diplomats held him to just 50 yards. It snapped his streak of seven straight games with at least 100 yards – the longest stretch by a Green Terror back since Rob Johnson did it during the 1992 season. Rollins now has 3,792 yards for this career. His 525 yards this season ranks 10th in Division III.
SOMEONE FORGOT THEIR SACK LUNCH: McDaniel has just three sacks through the first four games of the season. Two of those three sacks came in the first game of the season against Catholic, including Mike Cousar being credited for a 19-yard sack on an intentional grounding penalty. Pat Tighe also had a sack against the Cardinals. Kenny Vercilien (Salisbury, Md./Wicomico) has the Green Terror's other sack, getting to the Moravian quarterback in the fourth quarter.
TIME TO DO THE LAUNDRY: McDaniel enters this week's game as the most penalized team in the league, being flagged 29 times for a total of 285 yards. However, it is not just the Green Terror being flagged in games. McDaniel has also drawn the most penalties on its opponents of any CC team this season with 26. In Green Terror games this season, an average of 13.75 flags have been thrown and accepted, accounting for more than 136 penalty yards per game.
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: Nick O'Melia's third-quarter touchdown was the first offensive touchdown by a Green Terror player not named Joe Rollins… Ryan Yamada's 48-yard touchdown strike to O'Melia was the longest throw of his career… Joe Rollins has 586 yards in three career games against Gettysburg with three 100-yard rushing games… Brett Haas (Laurel, Md./Atholton) has four punts of 50 or more yards over the last two games.
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 1-13, picking up his first win on Sept. 14 – a 21-14 victory over Moravian. 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… Barry Streeter, the dean of CC coaches, is in his 35th season guiding the Bullets. His 176-167-5 record not only ranks best amongst those to guide Gettysburg but is also the most wins of anyone to coach in the conference. He has three CC titles to his credit and one appearance in the NCAA semifinals (1985).
THE WORD ON GETTYSBURG: The Bullets enter today's game off their first conference win of the season – a 42-28 Homecoming victory over Susquehanna. The two teams combined to roll up 1,090 yards of total offense with the hosts finishing with a slight edge, 546-544… Zach Miller led Gettysburg, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns on 18-for-24 passing. He also ran for another 45 yards… Aden Twer and Tommy LeNoir combined for 254 of the 319 receiving yards. Twer caught seven passes for 135 yards while LeNoir had four grabs for 119… Kyle Wigley added a 100-yard rushing performance with 135 yards and a touchdown on the ground… Wigley is currently third in the league with 492 rushing yards… Twer is third in receiving yards with 324… The Bullets rank second in the conference in total offense (502.5 ypg) but last in total defense (521.2 ypg).