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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 73rd meeting between McDaniel (3-2, 2-2 CC) and Dickinson (1-4, 1-3 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Green Terror leads the all-time series 37-35-1 but the Red Devils took a 13-10 win in Carlisle last season and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings. The Green Terror did win 14-7 in the last meeting in Westminster in 2016.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Dickinson held McDaniel to a season-low 10 points to win a defensive battle 13-10 last season. Drew Scott led the Green Terror with 10 tackles on defense. Tyler Heisey paced the Red Devils defensively with 11 stops. Bamasa Bailor led the McDaniel offense with four catches for 43 yards. Matt Cathey (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) added 60 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also caught a 14-yard pass.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel outscored Juniata 17-7 after halftime to rally for a 24-21 victory. The offense finished with 321 yards of total offense while the defense recorded eight sacks on the afternoon. John Chamberlin (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) ran the ball 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense while Ray Doh (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) led the defense. Doh had three sacks while Siga recorded a career-high nine tackles and a forced fumble. AJ Brocato caught five passes for 106 yards, including a touchdown, to lead the Eagles.
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: Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) was named CC Special Teams Player of the Week. He helped the Green Terror to a 24-21 victory at Juniata on Saturday. He connected on a career-long 45-yard field goal. He also hit an extra point and averaged 52.0 yards on a pair of kickoffs.
HELLO, ALUMS: Today is Homecoming on the Hill for McDaniel. The Green Terror is 55-28-1 on Homecoming, including winning 14 of the last 25. Dickinson has been McDaniel's Homecoming foe on its last two trips to Westminster. The Green Terror defeated the Red Devils 14-7 in 2016 but fell 33-28 in 2014. Today also caps a three-week Homecoming tour for McDaniel. The Green Terror defeated both Gettysburg (25-0) and Juniata (24-21) on their respective Homecomings.
SACK LUNCH: The McDaniel defense recorded eight sacks as a unit last week at Juniata. It marked the most sacks in a game since the defense got to the Moravian quarterback eight times on Sept. 10, 2011. It is only the fifth time in program history that a Green Terror defense notched at least eight sacks. Seven different players had a hand in a sack on Saturday.
DOH-RAY-ME: Ray Doh was a key part of the defense that was in the Eagle backfield all day. Doh recorded three total sacks, which was the most in by a single player in a game since Sam Cox had five in that 2011 game against Moravian. Doh is currently tied for fifth in the conference with 4.0 sacks on the season – 1.5 behind his teammate and conference leader Garvin Brooms (Olney, Md./Good Counsel).
FROM DOWNTOWN: Peyton Denlinger established a career long with a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter at Juniata. He is now 4-for-4 on the season, hitting a field goal in each game of his collegiate career so far. Denlinger's field goal was the longest for the Green Terror since Spencer Wiersberg forced overtime against Juniata last season with a 46-yarder. It is the fourth straight season that McDaniel has had a kicker convert a field goal of 40 yards or longer.
DON'T RUN: The Green Terror defense has limited the last two opponents to a combined 50 yards rushing on 60 carries. Gettysburg mustered just 33 yards on 28 attempts two weeks ago before Juniata could rush for just 17 yards on 32 carries. Neither team was able to record a run of longer than 10 yards.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE: McDaniel enters this weekend as the conference's top scoring defense, allowing just 13.6 points per game. The defense is also tops in total defense, allowing just 241.4 yards per game – 35 yards a game better than any other defense in the league. The Green Terror has the No. 1 pass defense (162.6 ypg) and second-best rush defense (78.8 ypg).
RED ZONE HOT: The Green Terror have been nearly automatic when getting inside its opponents 20 this season. McDaniel has turned 15 of its 16 trips into points for a conference-best 94-percent conversation rate. Eleven of those 15 scores have been touchdowns, including 10 rushing scores.
TERROR TIDBITS: Matt Schleifer (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) grabbed his first touchdown grab of the year, scoring from 27 yards out just 85 seconds after Peyton Denlinger's go-ahead field goal… The Green Terror has scored multiple touchdowns in four of its five games but no player has more than one score in a game this year… Ten of McDaniel's 12 touchdowns have been rushing scores… Saturday was the first time since the 2014 season opener that the Green Terror won a game in which it trailed at halftime.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Dailey is in his third season at the helm of the Green Terror. He enters today's game with a 9-16 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… Brad Fordyce is in his second season at the helm of the Red Devils, entering today with a record of 4-11. He spent the previous two seasons as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell. No stranger to the Centennial Conference, Fordyce served seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at Susquehanna and was also on the McDaniel staff for nine seasons, including the final four years as defensive coordinator.
THE WORD ON DICKINSON: The Red Devils enter today's game off a 30-24 overtime loss to Susquehanna last week. Dickinson held a 24-20 lead going into the fourth quarter before Elijah Hoffman hit a 21-yard field goal for the River Hawks with 6:26 to play in regulation. Neither team crossed midfield for the remainder of regulation. Dickinson missed a 38-yard field goal in the top of the first overtime before Mitch Carsley caught a 22-yard score on second down of Susquehanna's possession… Billy Burger has thrown for 454 yards, completing 46 of 87 passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions… Dickinson is last in the CC in passing offense at 124.6 yards per game… Burger, however, has rushed for 146 yards – one of three Red Devils with at least that many yards on the ground… Phillip Butler has carried the ball 63 times for 324 yards and two touchdowns… Jeremy Walsh has 59 carries for 213 yards and a score… James Turner leads the conference with 66 total tackles in just five games. He is averaging 13.2 stops per game that includes a 23-tackle outing to open the year against Washington and Lee. He also has 3.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and an interception… The Red Devils have lost two games in overtime this season.