Friday, September 26, 2008

The Friday Tailgate

It's the first "official" Saturday of fall and the showcase game of the weekend takes place in Bethlehem, as Johns Hopkins visits Moravian in a battle of unbeatens. Muhlenberg, ranked fifth nationally, plays host to Gettysburg on Homecoming Weekend. It's Family Weekend in Lancaster and Westminster, as Franklin & Marshall and McDaniel welcome Juniata and Dickinson, respectively, to play before the parents.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week
Ribs are a delicious dish for tailgates, but take a long time to prepare, especially for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Chicken Wings, however, also hit the spot ... here's a video that shows how to cook and serve.

Centennial football page / Centennial Football Gameday

Johns Hopkins (1-0, 3-0) at Moravian (1-0, 3-0)
Video: Service-Electric 2 TV. Radio: WSAN-AM 1470. Live Stats: No.
The undefeated Blue Jays and the undefeated Greyhounds square off at Rocco Calvo Field with first place in the Conference on the line. Moravian captured a wild 44-41 decision last year in Baltimore and holds a 6-3 series lead. Hopkins' last win in Bethlehem was in 1979, as QB Jim Margraff, now head coach at JHU, led the Jays to a 16-6 triumph ... Hopkins has won five straight road decisions and is 16-6 in Centennial games away from home since 2001 ... the Blue Jays have scored 34+ points in each of its three games for the first time since 1915 ... some of the CC's best are on display in this contest - RBs Andrew Kase and Tyler McCambridge ... DBs Chris Baldwin and CJ Robinson, and PKs Alex Lachman and Brian Reckenbeil..

Gettysburg (0-1, 0-3) at Muhlenberg (0-0, 2-0)
Video: Yes. Radio: WMUH-FM 91.7. Live Stats: Yes
The Bullets and the fifth-ranked Mules meet for the 73rd time in a series that began in 1907 ... Gettysburg holds a 41-30-1 advantage but Muhlenberg has won seven of the last eight games ... the Orange and Blue leads the CC in total offense (436.0), while the Cardinal and Gray tops the Conference in total defense (202.0) ... Gettysburg has not played a top-10 opponent since a 44-0 loss to #7 McDaniel in 1999 ... QB Matt Flynn threw for four TDs last week and now has 29 for his career - just four shy of the school record ... Muhlenberg, also ranked seventh by the AFCA, has won 13 straight regular-season games ... the Mules are 8-for-8 in red-zone scoring this season ... RB John DeLuca needs 292 rushing yards to become the ninth player in Centennial history to reach 3,000 for his career.

Dickinson (1-0, 2-1) at McDaniel (0-1, 1-2)
Radio: WDCV-FM 88.3 and WTTR-AM 1470. Live Stats: Yes.
The Red Devils and the Green Terror meet for the 64th time in a series that began in 1904 ... McDaniel holds a 35-27-1 advantage but has dropped three straight ... Dickinson RB Greg Lord has rushed for over 100 yards in all three games ... QB Ian Mitchell is one of just seven Centennial signal-callers to reach 1,000 career rushing yards ... the Devils are first in the CC in red-zone defense, allowing points on just 50 percent of opposition trips inside the 20 ... Dickinson has not won back-to-back games in Westminster since 1986 and 1988 ... McDaniel has dropped consecutive contests since a season-opening win at Saint Vincent ... the Terror has just two senior starters on its 22-man two-deep ... Travis Wenrich is second in the CC in interceptions and third in punting.

Juniata (0-1, 0-3) at Franklin & Marshall (0-1, 1-2)
Video: Yes. Radio: Live Stats: Yes.
The Eagles and the Diplomats meet for just the fifth time in a series that started in 1924 ... Juniata is 0-2 in Lancaster, losing in 1924 and 1985 ... both teams have struggled on the ground, as the Diplomats (96.0) and Eagles (56.3) are 8-9 in the Conference in rushing offense ... Juniata QB Jay Leonard became the school's all-time passing yardage leader with 6,305 yards ... he needs 13 more completions to become the career leader in that category ... Leonard also has a streak of 108 pass attempts without being picked off ... the Eagles have lost 17 straight road games, dating to a 14-7 win at Lycoming on Oct. 30, 2004 ... F&M has struggled in the red zone this season, putting points on the board on just 6-of-13 trips inside the 20 ...
the Diplomats' three previous opponents have combined for a 7-1 record ... QB John Harrison is fourth in the CC in TD passes (4) ... LB Zach Romash is fifth in the Conference in tackles (26).

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