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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 50th meeting between McDaniel (1-1, 0-1 CC) and Franklin & Marshall (2-0, 1-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Diplomats lead the all-time series 33-16-2 and have won the last 14 meetings after the Green Terror took seven straight between 1997 and 2003.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Franklin & Marshall scored the final 12 points to upend McDaniel 43-41 in a battle of early-season unbeatens last season. Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) led the Green Terror with career highs of 167 yards and three touchdowns. Tanner Erisman threw for 285 yards and five touchdowns for the Diplomats, who had allowed just 14 total points in the first two games before McDaniel was able to post 31 first-half points.
LAST TIME OUT: Moravian scored a first-quarter defensive touchdown and added a nine-yard running score in the third quarter for 14-9 victory last week. In a wet, defensive battle, neither offense could muster more than 200 yards of total offense. Joey Cornwell (Rockville, Md./Rockville) punted the ball a career-high 11 times, averaging 39.9 yards per boot that included a career-long 59 yarder. Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) led the defense with 12 tackles, including three for loss. Doug Erney rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries and threw for another 70, completing 5 of 15 attempts.
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.
KICKIN' IT…OVER AND OVER AGAIN: Joey Cornwell was called upon 11 times to punt in Saturday's game. He averaged 39.9 yards per boot over those 11 attempts, including a pair of 50-plus yard boots. He unfurled a career-long 59-yarder in the process. The 11 punts were the most in a single game for the Green Terror since 2004. Cornwell is currently third in the conference in average punting at 38.1 yards per kick.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE: Jarius Ransom and Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) both had career days to lead a stalwart defensive effort last Saturday. Ransom, playing in his second game for the Green Terror, made 12 tackles, including three for loss. Godfrey added 10 stops, including one for loss.
GOING LONG: John Chamberlin (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) led the McDaniel offense once again last week. He ran the ball 16 times for 63 yards. In the first quarter, the senior ripped off a career-long 52-yard scurry that set up a Green Terror field goal. It was the longest run by a Green Terror back since 2015. That run and an Isaac Murray (Columbia, Md./Atholton) 27-yard run earlier in the quarter accounted for more than half of McDaniel's net yards on offense. Chamberlin currently leads the CC in rushing (87.0 ypg).
SLOGGING TO THE END: Last Saturday's game between McDaniel and Moravian featured a combined 330 yards of total offense. There were just 19 combined first downs in the game with the Greyhounds holding a slim 10-9 edge in that category. The two teams actually combined for more punts (22) with each team punting it away 11 times. Both the Green Terror and Greyhounds put up more than 330 yards by themselves in Week 1.
KICK IT THROUGH THE STICKS: Freshmen kicker Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) converted a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter last week. He has now made a field goal in each game and matched his classmate John Compere (Millersville, Pa./Severna Park) for the longest field goal of the year at 37 yards.
RED HOT: The Green Terror has scored on seven of its eight trips into the red zone this season. Half of those trips have resulted in touchdowns while McDaniel is also 3-for-4 on field-goal attempts. The Green Terror defense is holding its opponents to just a 50 percent conversion rate inside the 20. Of the four times an opponent has reached the red zone, they have gotten into the end zone just twice.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror offense lost four fumbles on Saturday… Today's matchup features two of the top three run defenses in the conference. Franklin & Marshall is second (79.0 ypg) and McDaniel is third (86.0 ypg).
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Dailey is in his third season at the helm of the Green Terror. He enters today's game with a 7-15 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… John Troxell is in his 12h season at Franklin & Marshall. He is 73-55, 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. He added three ECAC Bowl games over the next four seasons, including a 38-14 win over Delaware Valley in the Southeast Bowl in 2013. In 2016, he guided the Diplomats back to the postseason after a 7-3 regular season with a spot in the Centennial-MAC Bowl. In 2017, F&M was co-champions of the CC and defeated Widener 21-7 in the Centennial-MAC Bowl. 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 40-17 win over Juniata last Saturday. Franklin & Marshall trailed 17-7 at halftime before outscoring the Eagles 33-0 after the break… Tanner Erisman completed 17 of 28 passes for 113 yards and ran the ball 10 more times for 35 yards… Keshon Farmer had 11 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns… Joe Hartley-Vittoria had 14 rushes for 70 yards and a score… K.J. Pretty and Timothy Walter combined for 15 of the 18 receptions on the afternoon. Walter had eight grabs for 49 yards while Pretty had seven catches for 57 yards… Pretty is second in the CC in receiving, averaging 116.0 yards per game after a 5-catch, 175-yard opener. He also had caught three touchdowns… Farmer is second in the conference in rushing, averaging 84.5 yards per game. He has run for three scores… Joe Granahan and Vincent Speranza lead the defense with 11 tackles each. The Diplomat defense has forced seven turnovers in two games, including six fumble recoveries… Franklin & Marshall has won 12 of its last 13 games after a 10-1 record in 2017.