Friday, October 19, 2007

The Friday Tailgate 10.19

Little Brown Buckets and Homecomings dot the weekend's slate of games with a key tilt taking place at the Battlefield.

pictured: Chris McInerney, Dickinson

Dickinson (5-1) at Gettysburg (5-2)
It's the annual battle for the "Little Brown Bucket" between two neighboring rivals with a shot at the Centennial title on the line. It is the 73rd time that the Red Devils and the Bullets have met on the gridiron since 1892 with Gettysburg holding a 40-30-2 series advantage. The last time these two teams came into the Bucket battle so high in the standings was 1994 when Dickinson was 8-0 and Gettysburg 7-1. This season, with one CC loss, both teams are a game back of front-running Muhlenberg and can ill afford another Conference defeat. It's another teacher vs. pupil game for Gettysburg coach Barry Streeter, as Dickinson head man Darwin Breaux was an assistant under Streeter until 1989.

Muhlenberg (6-0) at Franklin & Marshall (1-5)
It's Homecoming in Lancaster as the Mules and the Diplomats meet for the 89th time since 1902. F&M holds a 50-37-1 series lead and has taken three straight from 'Berg. Muhlenberg is 6-0 for the first time since 1946 and have won seven in a row for the first time since the 1947 and 1948 teams won a school-record nine consecutive games. The Mules are ranked 24th by and 21st by the AFCA. Franklin & Marshall's last win over a ranked opponent was a 20-7 triumph over #16 McDaniel in 2004.

Ursinus (5-1) at McDaniel (1-5)
The Bears and the Green Terror meet for the 32nd straight year in a series that began in 1976. McDaniel holds a 24-6-1 advantage and has won six in a row from Ursinus at Bair Stadium. The Bears' last win in Westminster was a 42-33 shootout in 1993. Injuries have taken their toll on the Terror, who will start third-stringer Zach Swope at QB. McDaniel has just five senior starters listed among the top 22.

Juniata (0-6) at Moravian (5-2)
It's Homecoming Day at Rocco Calvo Field as the two Centennial newcomers meet in the 53rd renewal of their series, whch is tied at 25-25-2. The series has had a history of close games with a streak of five straight years in which the game ended in a regulation tie from 1995 until 1999. Four of those games went to overtime and three won by Moravian. Does anyone want to play running back for the 'Hounds? Moravian has lost Tyler McCambridge, Tyler DeRouen and now Morgan DeRouen to injuries. Juniata is still looking for its first Centennial win and its first road victory since 2003 (0-13).

NCAA Statistical Leaders (Top 20)
Total Defense: 3. Muhlenberg, 164.2
Rushing Offense: 20. Gettysburg, 249.4
Rushing Defense: 9. Muhlenberg, 59.8
Pass Efficiency Defense: 2. Muhlenberg, 71.7
Scoring Defense: 3. Muhlenberg, 6.2
Pass Sacks Allowed: 15. Gettysburg, 1.0
Turnovers Gained: 20. Moravian, 20.0

Rushing Yards per Game: 5. Tom Sturges, Gettysburg, 149.4
Passing Efficiency: 15. Marc Braxmeier, Moravian, 158.7
Receptions per Game: 7. George Eager, Franklin & Marshall, 8.2
Punt Returns: 14. Charlie Curcio, Gettysburg, 14.8
Kickoff Returns: 4. Ryan Van Wright, Ursinus, 34.2
Field Goals per Game: 5. Brian Reckenbeil, Moravian, 1.6; 12. Alex Lachman, Johns Hopkins, 1.3
Total Tackles: 11. Eric Dube, Dickinson, 13.8
Forced Fumbles: 3. Andrew Morrissey, Moravian, 0.57

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