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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 23rd meeting between McDaniel (1-0, 0-0 CC) and Moravian (1-0, 0-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1972. The Greyhounds hold a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series, including three wins in the first three meetings since the renewal of conference foes in 2007. The Green Terror snapped another three-game winning streak by Moravian with a 35-14 win in Bethlehem last season.
WHEN LAST WE MET: McDaniel racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and shut out Moravian for the final three quarters in a 35-14 victory last season. Will Koester threw for 289 yards, completing 20 of 28 passes with two touchdowns to lead the Green Terror. Eli Redmond led the Greyhounds with 65 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and pitched a second-half shutout to defeat Catholic, 27-12. The Green Terror scored three touchdowns from inside the 10-yard line and each freshman kicker hit a fourth-quarter field goal. Davon Ingram (Sparrows Point, Md./Dundalk) caught five passes for a career-best 88 yards. Brady Berger threw for 226 yards, completing 27 of 45 passes to lead the Cardinals.
LEADING THE WAY: Paul Flagg (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown), Markos Katrakazis (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown), Angelo Payne (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) and Jared Staub (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) will captain the squad in 2018. All four seniors are first-time captains.
OPENING STATEMENTS: McDaniel has won four of its last eight CC openers, snapping a four-year skid. The Green Terror defeated Moravian 35-14 last season to snap a three-game losing streak in CC lidlifters. 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 met in the first conference game of the season. The Green and Gold are 16-19 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.
200-LEVEL COURSE: Ben Igo (York, Pa./York Suburban) threw for 212 yards in his first collegiate start last weekend. He completed 15 of 22 passes. He did not throw a touchdown or interception. However, he did have a one-yard rushing touchdown late in the second quarter for his first collegiate score. He connected on three passes of 20 or more yards, including hitting Davon Ingram for a 62-yard pass that set up his own rushing score.
RUNNING AND CATCHING: John Chamberlin (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) and Davon Ingram each set career highs on the offensive side of the ball. Chamberlin ran the ball 16 times for a career-best 111 yards. He also caught a pair of passes for 20 yards to give him a career-high 131 all-purpose yards. Ingram caught five passes for 88 yards.
TOUTING THE ROCK: McDaniel ran the ball 55 times on Saturday – the most since the 61 rush attempts last season against Catholic. The Green Terror controlled the clock for 36 minutes, 2 seconds that included holding the ball for 22:50 in the second half alone. After the defense got a goalline stand, the offense put together a drive that saw 14 of 15 plays on the ground, marching the ball 83 yards and cutting 7 minutes, 14 seconds off the clock.
KICK IT THROUGH THE STICKS: Freshmen kickers Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) and John Compere (Millersville, Pa./Severna Park) each connected on their first collegiate field goals in the fourth quarter last week. Denlinger paid off the 16-play march with a 31-yard kick before Compere connected from 37 yards on the next drive to wrap up the win.
YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Jalen Jones (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) made his first interception for the Green Terror late in the fourth quarter last Saturday. After Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) tipped a pass one play after Peyton Denlinger's 31-yard field goal, Jones tracked it down and gave the ball right back to the offense just four seconds after the three-pointer.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror defense forced three fumbles but did not recover any of them… The defense picked off a pair of passes. In addition to Jalen Jones' pick, Aris Mayfield (Calverton, Md./Parkdale) set up the first touchdown with a second-quarter interception… Saturday marked the first time in Mike Dailey's tenure that the Green Terror did not score first in a victory.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Dailey is in his third season at the helm of the Green Terror. He enters today's game with a 7-14 record, going 3-7 in his each of his first two campaigns as the head man after seven seasons as an assistant on the staff. Dailey joined the Green Terror staff in 2009 with a pedigree of success at all levels of football that included compiling a record of 115-83 and two championships in 12 years as a head coach in the Arena Football League (AFL), leading the Albany Firebirds and Colorado Crush that included winning league titles in 1999 and 2005. For his first six seasons on the McDaniel sidelines, he served as defensive coordinator. His scheme put pressure on opposing quarterbacks game-in and game-out, recording 101 sacks and 55 interceptions. He helped produce 12 All-Centennial Conference selections, including four first-team nods. In 2015, Dailey shifted responsibilities to the offensive side of the ball – something he is renowned for from his days in the AFL. He spent one season coordinating the pass game and working specifically with the wide receivers… Jeff Pukszyn is in his eighth season as the head coach at Moravian after serving 10 years as assistant head coach. He enters today's game with a record of 27-45. After three 2-8 campaigns in his first three seasons, the Greyhounds posted a 5-5 mark in 2014. In 2015, the squad finished 8-3 with a trip to the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. He joined the staff as a part-time coach in 1997 after a three-year playing career under former head coach and recently retired 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 conference opener off a 24-0 win over King's in their opener last Saturday… It marked Moravian's first shutout win since Oct. 23, 2010 and a 42-0 win over Juniata. It was the first home shutout win since a 42-0 victory over Delaware Valley on Oct. 20, 2001… The Greyhounds racked up 452 yards of total offense… Doug Erney went 15-for-23 passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 11 times for 79 yards… As a team, Moravian ran for 262 yards – the most of any CC team in Week 1. In fact, the Greyhounds were the only team with more than 200 yards rushing… Senior Eli Redmond rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries… Roberto Dietz added 14 carries for 91 yards… Brady Hornbaker led the defense with nine tackles while Noah Breidinger had eight stops.