Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Friday Tailgate #3

Although Moravian and McDaniel kicked off the Centennial football season last Saturday, this could be considered the "official" kick-off weekend, as three other Conference games are on tap.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week
It's the 100th meeting between Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall in a series that began in 1889. The winner brings home the "Conestoga Wagon Trophy" - a miniature wood-carved replica of the mode of transportation used between Carlisle and Lancaster for that first meeting a century ago. You may want to celebrate by making a Shoo-Fly pie in honor of this storied rivalry. Or ... you may choose more conventional tailgate fare.

Centennial football page / Centennial Football Gameday

Franklin & Marshall (1-1) at Dickinson (1-1)
Radio: WDCV-FM 88.3. Live Stats: None.
The Diplomats lead the series, 59-37-3, and play under the lights for the first time ever in Carlisle ... F&M has not won at Biddle Field since 1998 ... it could be viewed as irresistible force meets immovable object, as Dickinson averages 234.5 yards on the ground, while the Diplomats surrender just 85.5 ... Devil RB Greg Lord has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the two games and is third in the CC in rushing (112.5) ... his five TDs lead the Conference ... Diplomat LBs Zach Romash and Lewie Briggs are 1-2 in the CC in tackles for loss ... F&M's defense has allowed just four third-down conversions in 25 tries (16%).

Johns Hopkins (2-0) at Gettysburg (0-2)
Video: Pay-per-View. Radio: none. Live Stats: Yes
The Bullets lead the all-time series, 20-13-2 ... Hopkins has won six of the last seven games at the Battlefield, but Gettysburg won the last meeting in 2006 ... Hopkins freshman QB Hewitt Tomlin completed 19-of-39 passes for 195 yards and three TDs vs. Randolph-Macon ... RB Andrew Kase had 95 yards rushing and scored the game-winning touchdown in the 3rd overtime ... Hopkins is 4-for-4 in red zone scoring this season ... DB Chris Baldwin and LB Colin Wixted are 1-2 in the CC in tackles ... Gettysburg amassed 475 yards of total offense, but surrendered 643 to the high-powered Hampden-Sydney "O" ... the 1,118 combined yards is the third-highest single-game total in Centennial history, while the 40 points in the third-highest total by a team in a loss in CC annals ... P Brian Betley leads the Conference with a 40.8 yard average ... DB Joe Delaney and LB Tim Widdoes are 2-4 in the CC in tackles.

Juniata (0-2) at Ursinus (1-1)
Radio: none. Live Stats: Yes.
The Eagles and the Bears meet for the 14th time in a series that began in 1922 … JC has won the last four meetings in Collegeville, including the last contest in 1977 ... Juniata QB Jay Leonard threw for 214 yards in the loss to Susquehanna, making him the second JC quarterback to surpass 6,000 career yards (6,089) ... he needs just 123 yards to become the school's all-time leader ... DL Jason Marquis, a co-captain along with heralded Ohio State recruit Terrelle Pryor on last season's Jeannette HS state championship team, led the defense with seven solo tackles ... the Eagles are looking to break a 16-game road losing streak ... JC's last road win was a 14-7 triumph at Lycoming on Oct. 30, 2004 ... Ursinus fell at Lebanon Valley, 31-19, last week, despite 213 passing yards from QB Nick Dye ... he threw a pair of TD passes and also ran for another ... Dye has thrown 45 passes this season without an interception ... WR Shea Wisler snared six passes for 87 yards ... PK Greg Zara is 2-for-2 on field goal attempts this season with a long of 39 yards ... it's Family Day at Patterson Field.

McDaniel (1-1) at Catholic (2-0)
Radio: WTTR-AM. Live Stats: None.
The Green Terror and the Cardinals meet for the 14th time in a series that dates to 1912 … McDaniel dropped its home and Conference opener to Moravian, 42-3 … the Terror was held to just 113 total yards, while surrendering 500 to the 'Hounds ... McDaniel is a young football team with just six seniors on its 22-man two-deep ... the Terror defense is second in the country in pass efficiency defense (27.55) ... a win would give McDaniel its first undefeated non-conference season since 1999 and snap Catholic's three-game win streak against the Conference ... the Cardinals are 2-0 with wins against Shenandoah and Franklin & Marshall ... QB Keith Ricca has thrown for 8,488 yards and 67 TD passes in his career ... Catholic is the only team in the ODAC with a positive turnover margin (+1).

Moravian (2-0) at Lebanon Valley (2-0)
Radio: WSAN-AM and WMSS-FM. Live Stats: Yes.
The Greyhounds and the Flying Dutchmen meet for the 66th time ... Moravian opened its Conference schedule with a 42-3 win at McDaniel ... the offense racked up 388 rushing and 500 total yards ... RB Tyler McCambridge was the Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 162 yards and three TDs ... he is second in the CC with a 113.0 yard per game average ... QB Marc Braxmeier has completed 65.6 percent of his passes and three TDs ... PK Brian Reckenbeil is second in CC history with 38 consecutive PATs (dating to the 2007 season) ... DL Doug Bocchino leads the Conference with 2 1/2 sacks ... LVC is 2-0 for the first time since 1979 with wins against Gettysburg and Ursinus ... RB Charlie Parker went over the 2,000-yard rushing mark last week.

Muhlenberg (1-0) at Union (1-0)
Video: Pay-per-View. Radio: WRUC-FM. Live Stats: None.
The Mules and the Dutchmen meet for the ninth time with the series tied at 4-4 ... Muhlenberg was idle last week, after a season-opening 34-21 win against Wilkes … 'Berg is ranked sixth in this week's poll … QB Eric Santagato completed 18 of 26 passes for 308 yards and three TDs – a lofty 206.8 efficiency rating … it was the first 300-yard game by a 'Berg QB since 2000 … WR Phil Cresta caught seven passes for 152 yards, including a 32-yarder for a score … RB John DeLuca carried 33 times for 167 yards, giving the Mules a 100-yard rusher, a 150-yard receiver and a 300-yard passer in a game for the second time in program history … it was DeLuca's 11th career 100-yard effort … LB Matt Rathbun led the defense with eight tackles, while DE Jake Floyd had three tackles for loss in his first collegiate start … Muhlenberg has won 12 straight regular-season contests … Union opened its season with a 24-14 win at Springfield … RB Chris Coney ran for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown.

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