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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 45th meeting between McDaniel (1-1, 0-1 CC) and Muhlenberg (2-0, 1-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1927. The Mules took a 58-0 victory last season in Westminster to make it four wins in a row and six in seven years to pull within 22-19-3 in the all-time series. The Green Terror's lone win during the stretch came by a 16-9 margin in Allentown in 2010.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Muhlenberg scored on its second offensive play en route to a 58-0 CC victory over McDaniel last season. Joe Rollins led the Green Terror with his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 123 yards on 21 carries. He also caught three passes for eight yards and returned three kickoffs for 91 yards to amass 222 all-purpose yards. The Mules rolled up 505 yards of total yards on offense, including 264 yards passing by Nick Palladino, completing 23 of 29 attempts. He also ran for 70 yards while Thomas DiCarlo added 86 rushing yards.
LAST TIME OUT: Moravian returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and rode that momentum to a 28-7 victory over McDaniel in the CC opener last Saturday. Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) led the Green Terror with 69 yards receiving on six catches, including a touchdown. Eli Redmond paced the Greyhounds with 222 all-purpose yards, including 109 rushing.
WITH HONORS: Luke Fernandez (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) and Brett Haas (Laurel, Md./Atholton) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Fernandez was named the defensive ledger after leading the Green Terror with a career high-tying 10 tackles that included seven solo stops. Haas earned the special teams nod after averaging 37.0 yards on his eight punts. He dropped four of those punts inside the 20-yard line without a touchback.
LEADING THE WAY: Brandon Jones (Middle River, Md./Eastern Tech) and Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) captain the squad in 2014. The two captains mark the fewest under Mike Hoyt and is the first time in program history since 2007 that just two players will serve in the role. This is the second straight year that Oliveto will serve as a captain.
GREAT SCOTT: Freshman LB Drew Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick) has made an early impact on the McDaniel defense. He enters this week third on the team with 13 total tackles. He made eight stops last Saturday at Moravian – all solo tackles. He also had three tackles for loss last week and had a pair of interceptions in the opener at Catholic.
WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: Senior WR Mike Oliveto leads the CC through two games this season with 208 receiving yards. He hauled in nine passes for 136 yards in the opener at Catholic on Sept. 5 before making six grabs for 72 yards last Saturday at Moravian. He has three receptions of 20 yards or longer already this season – half of the team's total pass plays of that length – including a 59-yard reception at Catholic for the team's longest play from scrimmage on the young season.
AERIAL ATTACK: Behind Mike Oliveto's CC-best 208 yards, McDaniel has the conference's top passing offense through two weeks. The Green Terror are averaging 255.5 yards per game passing, which is more than 30 yards per game more than any other team in the league. McDaniel has thrown the ball a CC-high 90 times this season, completing 52.2 percent of those attempts. Conversely, the Green Terror's rush offense ranks ninth in the conference, averaging just 110.0 yards per game.
DEBUT PERFORMANCES: Three McDaniel freshmen made their debuts in the fourth quarter at Moravian on Saturday. The trio of offensive players made a contribution on the Green Terror scoring drive late in the game. John Chamberlin (Franklinville, N.J./Williamstown) and Remington Blue (Coventry, R.I./Bishop Hendrickson) saw their first action in the backfield. Chamberlin carried the ball three times for 14 yards while Blue had a five-yard run. Blue also caught a 13-yard pass out of the backfield while Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) also had his first collegiate catch – a seven-yard gain. Ben Webber (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) made his first contribution to the passing game on that drive. The freshman tight end caught an eight-yard pass in addition to his 11-yard kickoff return earlier in the game.
NO SACK LUNCH: The McDaniel offense line has allowed just two sacks this season – one in each game played so far in 2014. The Green Terror is one of four conference teams to have allowed two or fewer sacks this season. Johns Hopkins and Moravian have also only allowed two sacks while Ursinus has yet to allow a defense to get to the quarterback.
WHAT A BOOT: Brett Haas punted the ball eight times on Saturday – the most of any game thus far in the junior's collegiate career. He amassed 296 yards off his right foot and dropped four balls inside the 20-yard line. On the season, he is averaging 37.8 yards per kick and has just one touchback. The three punts against McDaniel have netted minus-1 yards of return. The team's net 36.2 yards per kick ranks second in the CC.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror enters this week with 104 players on its roster. Of that 104, 75 are either freshmen or sophomores (72.1 percent), including 45 first-year players. McDaniel has just 11 players listed as seniors on the roster, seven of which have an additional year of eligibility if they choose to use it.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror defense has forced six turnovers this season, which is second most in the conference… McDaniel is third in the CC with 43 first downs but has converted just 10 of its 30 third-down attempts… Opponents are converting 48.3 percent of their third-down opportunities (14 of 29)… McDaniel fell to 0-4 in Bethlehem since Moravian joined the CC in 2007…
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his third season at the helm of the Green Terror with an overall record of 3-19, picking up his first win on Sept. 14, 2013 – 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… Mike Donnelly is in his 18th season at Muhlenberg. He has compiled a record of 116-67 to date with the Mules to rank as the winningest coach in the 111-year history of football. Since taking over a program that won a total of 18 games in the eight years prior to his arrival, Donnelly has turned Muhlenberg into a perennial championship contender and national top-10 team. He was named regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com after leading the Mules to their first undefeated regular season and second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs five seasons ago, backing that up with a CC title and NCAA bid in 2008. Donnelly guided Muhlenberg to the program's first-ever NCAA berth in 2002 – part of five consecutive postseason appearances from 2000-04 that included NCAA bids in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
THE WORD ON MUHLENBERG: The Mules enter today's game off a 42-7 win over Franklin & Marshall to move to 2-0 on the season… Muhlenberg outgained the Diplomats 434-169 on the day, including a 16-for-27 showing from Nick Palladino, who finished with 229 yards and two touchdowns… Nick Lamb caught five passes for 100 yards while Max Cepeda carried the ball seven times for 104 yards… The Mules shut out their opponents for the first 117 minutes, 9 seconds of the season before F&M scored a touchdown on a two-yard run with 2:51 to play on Saturday… Muhlenberg has the top-ranked defense in the conference, allowing just 40.5 yards per game rushing, 100.0 yards per game passing and 140.5 yards per game overall… Palladino has hit on 63.3 percent of his passes this season and thrown five touchdowns without an interception… Lamb has 199 of the team's 396 receiving yards this season… The Mules have only converted on eight of their 29 third-down tries (27.6 percent) but the defense is holding opponents to a CC-best 16.1 percent (5-for-31).