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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 31st meeting between McDaniel (2-2, 1-2 CC) and Juniata (0-4, 0-3 CC) in a series that dates back to 1923. The Eagles hold a 16-13-1 lead in the all-time series, including winning 42-41 in overtime last season. The Green Terror won the last meeting in Huntington, 20-13.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Juniata converted a two-point conversion in overtime to defeat McDaniel 42-41 last Saturday. Matt Schleifer (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the Green Terror with 254 all-purpose yards. He hauled in five passes for a career-best 145 yards while also racking up 105 kickoff return yards and four punt return yards. Bamasa Bailor also had 100 yards receiving, grabbing nine passes for 129. Matt Cathey (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) had career highs of 32 carries and 164 yards on the ground for an offense that rolled up 535 total yards. Austin Montgomery led the Eagles with 219 yards passing and three touchdowns but he also caught the game-winning two-point conversion on a trick play in overtime.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel combined a balanced offense with a stifling defense to top Gettysburg, 25-0. The Green Terror outgained the Bullets 350-123, scoring in every quarter and pitching its first shutout since 2010. Davon Ingram (Sparrows Point, Md./Dundalk) caught five passes for 82 yards while John Chamberlin (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) ran the ball 25 times for 81 yards. Johnny Davis caught three passes for 49 yards – more than half of Ryan Finlay's 90 yards passing – for the Bullets.
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.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) was named CC Defensive Player of the Week after his 10-tackle performance. He was the center of a complete team defensive effort that limited the Bullets to 123 yards of total offense, including just 33 rushing, in McDaniel's first shutout since 2010.
WHAT A BOOT: Joey Cornwell (Rockville, Md./Rockville) has kept one-upping himself in the punting game as the season has gone along. He averaged a season-best 41.5 yards on eight punts on Saturday at Gettysburg. However, it was his first and last of those punts that highlighted the day. In his first punt of the day, the senior unfurled a 71-yarder to tie the program record for longest punt. William Seibert established the original record with a 71-yard boot against Lebanon Valley on Nov. 13, 1948 before Scott Glouse matched it at Lebanon Valley on Oct. 29, 1983. It was the first punt of more than 60 yards since 2014. Cornwell bookended the big boot with a coffin-corner punt that pinned Gettysburg at the two-yard line inside the final two minutes of the game.
WE LIKE DONUTS: The McDaniel defense pitched its first shutout in nearly eight years on Saturday. The last time the Green Terror did not allow an opponent to score in a game was a 35-0 win over Susquehanna on Oct. 9, 2010 at then-Bair Stadium. You have to go back another six seasons to find the last shutout on the road. In 2014, McDaniel blanked Catholic on the road 34-0 on Sept. 18. That season was also the last time the Green Terror shut out the Bullets, topping Gettysburg 31-0 on Oct. 9.
SAFETY HATS: McDaniel's defense added a cherry on top with 1:40 to play on Saturday with a safety to cap the 25-0 win. Garvin Brooms (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) got his second sack of the afternoon on third down, taking down the Bullet quarterback in the end zone for the Green Terror's first safety since Oct. 19, 2013 against Franklin & Marshall.
YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Aaron Pray III (Germantown, Md./Maret School) saw his first action in a Green Terror uniform on Saturday at Gettysburg. He carried the ball 12 times and netted 28 yards rushing. The sophomore transfer also scored his first collegiate touchdown, punching in a two-yard score with 10:38 to play in the second quarter.
SPREAD THE LOVE: McDaniel scored three rushing touchdowns on Saturday by three different running backs. In addition to Aaron Pray's run from short range, Isaac Murray (Columbia, Md./Atholton) broke a 20-yard scamper with 5:05 to play in the third quarter and John Chamberlin (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) paid off an Aaron Grant (Brooklyn, N.Y./Emmaus Hall) 28-yard fourth-down grab with a two-yard touchdown with 4:45 to play.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror held the ball for 40 minutes, 38 seconds on Saturday… The 25-point victory was McDaniel's largest margin of victory since the 35-0 win over Susquehanna on Oct. 9, 2010… The Green Terror leads the conference in scoring defense (11.8 ppg) and is second in yards allowed (228.8 ypg)… McDaniel is also tops in the CC in converting red zone opportunities at 93 percent, scoring on 13 of its 14 trips… This is the second of three straight weeks of Homecoming games for McDaniel. After topping Gettysburg in front of its alums last week, the Green Terror faces Juniata for Homecoming before returning home for its own Homecoming festivities on The Hill.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Dailey is in his third season at the helm of the Green Terror. He enters today's game with a 8-16 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… Tim Launtz is in his eighth season at the helm of the Eagles, entering today with a record of 26-48. He became Juniata's 22nd head coach after serving 15 years on the staff, going 1-9 in his first season as the head man. In his third year, he guided the squad to a 7-3 regular-season record and ECAC Bowl appearance. He most recently served seven seasons as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he mentored the receiving corps, defensive backs and served as special teams coordinator from 1997-99. The Huntingdon native graduated from Juniata in 1980.
THE WORD ON JUNIATA: The Eagles enter today's game off a 62-7 loss at Muhlenberg last week to remain winless on the year. Juniata tied the game at 7-all on a Shaheed Ross three-yard touchdown grab on the first play of the second quarter before the Mules reeled off the final 55 points… Muhlenberg outgained Juniata 517-127, including limiting the Eagles to just four net yards rushing… Tim Graham completed 13 of 25 passes for 97 yards… Dan Drop led the defense with seven tackles, including a sack. Joel Reighard added seven stops of his own to go with an interception and blocked an extra-point attempt… Shaheed Ross leads a trio of Eagle receivers with double-digit catches, hauling in 18 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns… Reighard leads the Juniata defense, averaging 9.0 tackles per contest… The Eagles have a conference-high six interceptions through the first four games… For the season, Juniata is averaging just 61.0 yards per game rushing – a total which ranks last in the conference… The Eagles are also last in the CC in scoring defense (43.8 ppg) and total defense (440.5 ypg).