Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Friday Tailgate 10/10

We've reached the halfway point of the season and one thing is clear - the Centennial Conference may be the best Conference top-to-bottom in the country. Only one team - Muhlenberg - has an undefeated Conference record - while the other eight teams all have at least one Centennial win. Juniata knocks off McDaniel, who defeated Dickinson, who wiped Moravian from the ranks of the unbeaten. Is there more craziness in store for this weekend?

Tailgate Recipe of the Week
We have a change from the traditional American male meal of red meat or chicken. Try this out on your grill on Saturday.

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Dickinson at Johns Hopkins
Video: No. Radio: WDCV-FM 88.3 and Live Stats: Yes.
This is the 62nd meeting between the Red Devils and the Blue Jays in a series that began in 1891 ... the Jays hold a 30-27-4 advantage ... this is the 40th "Friday Night Lights" game at Hopkins, who holds a 25-13-1 record on Fridays ... Dickinson has won its last two FNL games, defeating Franklin & Marshall the last two seasons ... Devil QB Ian Mitchell is 71 passing yards away from third place on Dickinson's career list ... WR Pat O'Connor's 578 receiving yards is already ninth on DC's single-season chart ... Hopkins QB Hewitt Tomlin had the best statistical day ever by a Centennial freshman signal-caller, accounting for 377 total and 387 passing yards vs. Muhlenberg ... WR Sam Wernick was on the receiving end of 91 and 81-yard scoring tosses from Hewitt and closed the day with five catches for 205 yards - a CC single-game record for yards by a freshman ... RB Andrew Kase ran for over 100 yards in his third straight game and needs 102 yards to become the 10th Centennial back to reach 2,000 career yards in his junior season.

Moravian at Gettysburg
Video: Yes. Radio: WSAN-AM 1470. Live Stats: Yes.
The Greyhounds and the Bullets meet for just the seventh time in a series that began in 1978 ... Gettysburg has won five straight since Moravian opened the series with a 17-10 decision ... the 'Hounds were held to just 173 total yards - 218 below their season average - in the 16-7 loss at Dickinson ... RBs Tyler McCambridge and Tyler deRouen are 4-5 in the Conference in rushing ... PK Brian Reckenbeil has made 52 consecutive PATs ... the Moravian defense leads the CC in scoring defense (11.8) ... Gettysburg leads the Centennial in total offense (440.6) ... QB Matt Flynn threw for 399 yards and three scores in the win vs. Ursinus ... he has 32 career TD passes - just one shy of the school career mark ... he teamed with TE David Rodriguez on a 63-yard score on the Bullets' first play from scrimmage - the first time that has happened since Oct. 22, 1983 ... the Gettysburg defense recorded seven sacks vs. the Bears - the most in a game since 2002 ... the Bullets' five opponents have a combined record of 17-5.

Ursinus at Franklin & Marshall
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The Bears and the Diplomats meet for the 90th time in a series that began in 1894 ... it is the third most-played series in the Conference ... F&M leads 59-26-4 but Ursinus has won the last two meetings ... it is Homecoming at Franklin & Marshall ... QB Nick Dye threw an interception vs. Gettysburg for the first time in 2008, ending a streak of 96 attempts without a pick ... P Greg Zara leads the CC in punting (39.6) ... F&M was idle last week ... RB John Kaschak carried 42 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in the Diplomats' win against Juniata ... the 42 attempts were the second-most in school history and second-highest by a Centennial freshman ... the Diplomats have had just five plays that have gone for 20 or more yards this season ... F&M leads the Conference in pass and total defense, while placing second in scoring defense.

Juniata at Muhlenberg
Video: Yes. Radio: WMUH-FM 91.7. Live Stats: Yes.
The Eagles and the Mules meet for just the fourth time in a series that began in 1929 ... it is the first trip to Allentown for Juniata since 1931 ... the Eagles earned their first-ever Centennial win with the 12-10 triumph vs. McDaniel ... QB Jay Leonard, who has thrown for a school-record 6,562 yards, scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard run ... PK Andrew Masullo made his first two collegiate FG attempts ... Juniata is third in the CC in total defense, allowing 264.6 yards per game ... Muhlenberg, ranked fifth by and sixth by the AFCA, has won 15 consecutive regular-season games ... QB Eric Santagato accounted for all four scores in the win at Hopkins, throwing for three and running for another ... he is 8th and 10th on the Centennial career total offense and passing yardage lists, respectively ... RB John DeLuca needs 15 yards to become the ninth CC back to reach 3,000 rushing yards for a career ... DeLuca is 10th in DIII in rushing with a 144.5 average ... WR Phil Cresta has 12 of his 27 catches on third down - 10 of which have moved the chains ... LB Matt Rathbun has a streak of three games with an interception ... the Mules are 35-10 at home since 2000.

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