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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 45th meeting between McDaniel (1-4, 1-3 CC) and Franklin & Marshall (3-2, 3-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Diplomats lead the all-time series 28-16-2 and have won the last nine meetings after the Green Terror took seven straight between 1997 and 2003.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Franklin & Marshall scored the final 21 points of the game to secure a 35-10 victory over McDaniel last season. 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.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel was idle last week. Two weeks ago, Gettysburg rolled up 636 yards of total offense en route to a 50-28 victory over McDaniel. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) racked up 313 yards himself, including 269 rushing yards on 32 carries to lead the Green Terror, who registered a season-high 436 yards of offense as a team. Zach Miller led the Bullets with 253 yards passing on 17 of 22, throwing for a pair of touchdowns. Aden Twer caught four of those passes, including a 61-yad touchdown late in the third quarter.
WITH HONORS: Joe Rollins and Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Rollins was named to the offensive list after leading the Green Terror with 269 rushing yards and another 44 yards receiving for 313 all-purpose yards. He also ran for three touchdowns. Cousar earned the defensive nod after recording a game-high 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also had a tackle for loss and forced fumble.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar, 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.
HELLO, ALUMS: Today is Homecoming on the Hill for McDaniel. The Green Terror is 54-24-1 on Homecoming, including winning 13 of the last 20. Franklin & Marshall is no stranger to coming to Westminster for Homecoming. The Diplomats were the Homecoming opponent in both 2005 and 2007 and both games needed overtime. In 2005, Franklin & Marshall prevailed 17-14 in overtime for their first win over McDaniel since 1996. In 2007, the two teams decided on an encore. This time the Diplomats found the end zone in the extra period and forced a fumble on the Green Terror's attempt in the first overtime to escape with the win, 24-17.
OUTRUNNING A BULLET: In the last game, Joe Rollins ran for a season-high 269 yards on 32 carries to add to his already impressive career against Gettysburg. In four career games against the Bullets, Rollins ran for 855 yards, running for more than 100 yards all four years. Two of his top three single-game performances came against Gettysburg. On Nov. 6, 2010, he had his coming out party with a 294-yard day before capping his career against the Bullets with a 269-yard outing. The only performance that has been better in his career was a program record-tying 311-yard day against Moravian on Sept. 10, 2011.
WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: Mike Cousar had one of his top career performances two weeks ago to lead the defense. Cousar recorded a game-high 15 tackles, including a career high-tying 10 solo stops. He also forced a fumble. The senior linebacker leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference with 52 total tackles. Of those, 34 are solo stops – a total which ranks 22nd in all of Division III.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Green Terror's last game two weeks ago against Gettysburg was its most offensive showing of the season. McDaniel posted season highs for points scored (28) and total yards (436). The 436 yards were nearly 50 yards more than in any other game this season and the most since a 449-yard game against Susquehanna on Nov. 3, 2012.
SCORING IMBALANCE: Joe Rollins enters today's game ranked 29th in Division III in scoring. His 48 points is also second in the CC. His eight touchdowns is twice as many touchdowns as the rest of the team combined. Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) has caught two touchdowns while Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) has one touchdown grab. Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) also has a touchdown to his credit, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a score.
TIME TO DO THE LAUNDRY: McDaniel enters this week's game as the most penalized team in the league, being flagged 36 times for a total of 339 yards. However, it is not just the Green Terror being flagged in games. McDaniel has also drawn the second most penalties on its opponents of any CC team this season with 33, but opponents have had a CC-high 314 yards marched off in penalties. In Green Terror games this season, an average of 13.8 flags have been thrown and accepted, accounting for more than 130 penalty yards per game.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror enters this week's game with a roster of 94 players. Of those 94 players, 63 are either freshmen or sophomores. McDaniel will have a freshman class of 42 in 2013 – by far its largest class on the roster.
TERROR TIDBITS: Joe Rollins ripped off a season-long 49-yard run two weeks ago against Gettysburg. It was the longest play of the season for any Green Terror player… The McDaniel defense has been on the field for 399 plays through five games – the second most defensive snaps of any CC team… The same 22 Green Terror players have not been the starters in any two games this season… Marty Windisch is one of 36 players in Division III with a punt-return TD. Four of those players are in the CC.
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 1-14, 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… John Troxell is in his eighth season at Franklin & Marshall. He is 39-39, guiding the Diplomats to a 9-2 record and ECAC South Atlantic title in 2009 after back-to-back 4-6 records and a 3-7 inaugural season at the helm. Troxell took the reins following five seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette, serving as video coordinator, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach for the 2004 and 2005 Patriot League champions.
THE WORD ON FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: The Diplomats enter today's game off a bye week. Two weeks ago, Franklin & Marshall defeated Dickinson 35-14 at home to retain the Conestoga Wagon in a Homecoming battle… Jordan Zackery returned a punt for a touchdown for the second straight week, taking the game's first punt 73 yards to the house… E.J. Schneider threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 25-for-36 passing… Tim Muller caught seven passes for 109 yards while Paul McCann hauled in eight balls for 80 yards… For the season, Schneider has thrown for 1,147 yards, completing 64.5 percent of his passes. He has also run for a team-best 265 yards. His 1,412 yards of total offense ranks third in the CC… Zackery is second in receptions (28) and receiving yards (282) behind Muller (30-283). Zackery, however, also has 279 kick-return yards and 276 punt-returns yards to rank third in the conference in all-purpose yards (849)… Brendan Wengerter leads the CC with 60 tackles and nine sacks.