Friday, September 30, 2005

The Friday Tailgate

The 23rd season of Centennial Conference football kicks off Saturday with three games ... two of the contests pit defending Conference champions (granted, we had five champs last season) against each other ... For more information on this week's games ... check out the Gameday section of our website.

Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
The Blue Jays (3-0) are ranked 24th in the country in this week's AFCA poll ... the Red Devils (1-2) have dropped two straight since a season-opening win against Juniata ... this is the 59th meeting between the schools and Hopkins holds a slim 28-26-4 advantage ... Dickinson captured a 17-7 decision last year in Baltimore ... JHU is 22-3 in its last 25 games and is riding a seven-game road win streak ... Hopkins' 30-0 triumph at Biddle Field in 2003 was the Jays' first in Carlisle since 1985 ... listen to the game on WDCV-FM 88.3. (T.J. Lyons, pictured)

Muhlenberg at Franklin & Marshall
The Mules (1-2) and the Diplomats (1-2) meet for the 87th time in a series that dates to 1902 ... it is the third-longest series in the Conference ... F&M holds a 48-37-1 lead and captured a 15-10 decision last year in Allentown ... Muhlenberg has won the last three games at Sponaugle-Williamson Field each by 21 points or more ... Franklin & Marshall's last home win came in 1997 (14-10) ... listen to the game on WMUH-FM 91.7 or WFNM-FM 89.1

Ursinus at McDaniel
The Bears (1-2) travel to Westminster to take on the 24th ranked (by Green Terror (3-0) ... McDaniel is also ranked 25th by the AFCA this week ... it is the 28th meeting between the schools dating to 1976 ... the Green and Gold has dominated the series, winning the last eight games to take a 21-6-1 advantage ... Ursinus' last win was a 7-6 triumph in 1996 in Collegeville, while the last victory at Bair Stadium was in 1993 (42-33) ... Bear QB Vince Gallagher is just 359 yards shy of becoming the 18th passer in CC history to throw for over 4,000 yards ... listen to the game on WTTR-AM 1470.

NCAA Team Rankings (teams ranked in top 30)

Total Defense: Johns Hopkins (15th, 209.7 ypg); Muhlenberg (25th, 245.3)
Pass Efficiency Defense: Johns Hopkins (6th, 77.1 points); Dickinson (28th, 89.6)
Scoring Defense: Johns Hopkins (3rd, 4.3 ppg)
Turnover Margin: McDaniel (11th, 2.0 per game); Dickinson, Ursinus (25th, 1.7)
Team Kickoff Returns: Gettysburg (17th, 25.81 ypr)
Team Punt Returns: Gettysburg (12th, 16.4 ypr)

NCAA Individual Rankings (individuals ranked in top 30)

Rushing: Tom Sturges, Gettysburg (23rd, 128.0 ypg)
Receptions per Game: Anthony Triplin, Johns Hopkins (18th, 7.3)
Kickoff Returns: Nathan Smith, Gettysburg (9th, 32.0 ypr); Dennis Nelson, Dickinson (16th, 29.5)
Field Goals per Game: Ben Scott, Johns Hopkins (2nd, 2.3); Matt Baney, Ursinus (11th, 1.3); Jordon Grube, Muhlenberg (19th, 1.0)
Punting: Corey Allen, McDaniel (16th, 40.7 ypk); Ben Scott, Johns Hopkins (21st, 40.2)
Interceptions: Drew Abbamonte, McDaniel, Andrew Ackley, Dickinson (2nd, 1.3); Mike O'Donnell, Dickinson (9th, 1.0)
Total Tackles: Eric Dube, Dickinson (2nd, 14.7); Harold Barton, Gettysburg (16th, 13.0); Brian Hrynczyszyn, Ursinus (21st, 12.3); Ron Ringgold, McDaniel (29th, 12.0)
Solo Tackles: Harold Barton, Gettysburg (5th, 9.0)
Pass Sacks: Dan McCall, Muhlenberg (10th, 1.7); Mickey Rehring, F&M (30th, 1.2)
Tackles for Loss: Eric Dube, Dickinson (7th, 3.0); Chris Stepien, F&M (17th, 2.5)
Forced Fumbles: Ryan Anderson, Dickinson; Will Corbin, Muhlenberg; Dan McCall, Muhlenberg (13th, 0.67)
Passes Defended: Drew Abbamonte, McDaniel (8th, 2.3); Andrew Ackley, Dickinson (14th, 2.0)


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