Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Friday Tailgate 10/31

We say goodbye to October and welcome November with one of the best games of the season as the second-ranked and undefeated Muhlenberg travels to Carlisle to take on Dickinson. In a Conference filled with excellent signal-callers, the two best in the Conference take center stage Saturday in the Mules' Eric Santagato and the Devils' Ian Mitchell. How about the matchup between 'Berg's John DeLuca and Dickinson's staunch run defense? How 'bout those receivers - Muhlenberg's Phil Cresta and the Red Devils' Pat O'Connor? A Dickinson win opens the door for the two-loss CC teams to keep their Centennial title hopes alive. A Muhlenberg win clinches no worse than a tie for the Conference championship.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week
In honor of the Phillies' first World Series title in 28 years ... we think you should seriously consider Philly Cheesesteaks for this weekend's tailgate!

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Muhlenberg at Dickinson
Radio: WDCV-FM 88.3. Live Stats: No.
This is the 63rd meeting between the Mules and the Red Devils with Muhlenberg holding a 37-24-1 advantage ... Dickinson head coach Darwin Breaux won the 100th game of his career last week as the Devils defeated Gettysburg ... Muhlenberg and Dickinson are 1-2 in the CC in rushing offense, 1-3 in rushing defense and tied for the Centennial lead with 17 sacks ... the Devils (4) are 1st and the Mules (5) 2nd in sacks allowed ... … the Red and White defense is second in the CC in red zone defense, allowing scores on just 61.5 percent of opponent trips inside the 20 … 'Berg has scored on 25 of its 28 trips into the red zone (89.3) and has converted 52 of 97 third downs.

McDaniel at Franklin & Marshall
Video: Yes. Radio: WTTR-AM 1470. Live Stats: Yes.
This is the 42nd time that the Green Terror and the Diplomats have met on the gridiron since 1904 ... F&M has won the last four meetings to take a 23-16-2 advantage ... the Diplomats are 3-0 on the home turf this season and have allowed just 13 points at Sponaugle-Williamson Field and none in the second half ... the Terror is +3 in turnover margin this fall but has only converted the 14 miscues into 17 points … McDaniel is last in the CC in passing offense (85.4 yds) … RB T.J. Develin looks to be out because of a high ankle sprain ... F&M is first in pass defense and second in scoring and total defense in the CC … the Diplomats have the fewest sacks in the Conference (5) … QB John Harrison has thrown 10 TD passes – the third-highest total ever by a Centennial freshman … McDaniel needs a win to avoid its third straight losing season – the first time that will have happened on The Hill since 1987-88-89.

Juniata at Johns Hopkins
Radio: Live Stats: Yes.
The Eagles and the Blue Jays meet for just the third time ... it is the first trip to Homewood Field for Juniata since 1929 ... Hopkins' head coach Jim Margraff won the 75th Centennial game of his career with the 14-0 win at Ursinus two weeks ago ... he is just the third coach in CC history to win 75 league games, joining Gettysburg's Barry Streeter (83) and F&M's Tom Gilburg (75) ... Juniata has 14 freshmen on its two-deep this week, while Hopkins has 10 first-years ... Eagle LB Josh Roy had 18 tackles vs. Moravian to surpass the 300-tackle mark for his career ... QB Jay Leonard threw a pair of TD passes and amassed 206 yards of total offense on the day … he went over the 7,000-yard passing mark for his career (7,008) … the Blue Jays were idle last week after a 14-0 win at Ursinus, ending a three-game series win streak by the Bears ... it was the first shutout for the Hopkins defense since Sept. 10, 2005 ... RB Andrew Kase is fifth on the Hopkins career list with 2,296 yards and leads the CC with 11 touchdowns ... WR Sam Wernick caught five balls for 116 yards and is the first JHU player with three TD receptions of 60 or more yards in a season (60, 81 and 91 yards).

Ursinus at Moravian
Radio: WSAN-AM 1470. Live Stats: No.
The Bears and the Greyhounds meet for the 11th time in a series that began in 1901 … Moravian holds a 6-3-1 lead … Ursinus RB Mark Jaskowski carried 35 times for 148 yards and scored twice vs. McDaniel and is now fourth in the CC in rushing (594 yards) … Ursinus is the most penalized team in the Conference (68.0 yards per game) … the Bears have scored on just 59.1 percent of their trips into the red zone … the O-line has allowed a Centennial-high 27 sacks this season … Moravian came from behind last week in the final minute to defeat Juniata, 23-17, in three OTs ... it was just the third three-OT game in Conference history ... RB Ryan Rempe carried 51 times - tying a school record - for a career-high 174 yards, while WR Shawn Sylvainus caught 11 passes for 155 yards … DB Carl Robinson leads the CC with five interceptions and leads all active Centennial defenders with 14 in his career … LB Drew Morrissey reached the 300-tackle mark for his career ... Moravian leads the Conference in turnover margin (+10).

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