Friday, November 07, 2008

The Friday Tailgate 11/7

It's the penultimate Saturday of the college football season and the 2008 Centennial championship could be secured outright in Allentown. Muhlenberg clinched a share of the title last Saturday with its victory at Dickinson and can make it back-to-back outright crowns with a win against Ursinus. Moravian and Johns Hopkins - the two-loss teams in the CC - need a Bear victory to keep their hopes of a shared Conference title alive. The Blue Jays must defeat Franklin & Marshall, while the Greyhounds have the week off.

Eight Centennial Conference football players were named to the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first team - John DeLuca, Joe Caporoso, Mike Nolan and Jake Floyd of Muhlenberg; Tyler McCambridge, Brian Reckenbeil and Carl Robinson of Moravian; and Steven Levinson of Johns Hopkins. Two other Hopkins' players - Anthony Catanzano and Mike Stoffel were second-team selections.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week
We have focused on pregame for most of the season ... how 'bout preparing a little halftime snack as well? This recipe for pumpkin roll is just right as Halloween disappears in the rearview mirror.

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Ursinus at Muhlenberg
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The Bears and the Mules get together for the 72nd time on the gridiron since 1900 ... 'Berg holds a 41-23-7 advantage with wins in the last eight contests ... Ursinus' last win was a 35-23 triumph in Allentown in 1999 ... UC's second-ranked rush defense (117.0) will be tested by the Mules' top-ranked rush offense (214.9) ... the Bears' O-Line has allowed a CC-high 33 sacks this season ... the punting game has been a strong point for Ursinus, leading the Conference in average (40.1) and net yards per kick (33.1) ... RB Mark Jaskowski is fourth in the CC in rushing (99.0) but has missed two games due to injury ... Muhlenberg can clinch its second outright Centennial title and sixth Conference crown in eight seasons with a victory against the Bears or Moravian ... the Mules are one of three teams that are 18-0 over the last two regular-seasons, joining Mount Union and Case Western Reserve ... RB John DeLuca needs 339 yards to reach 4,000 rushing yards for his career ... QB Eric Santagato is just the fifth CC signal-caller to reach 6,000 total offense yards for a career and he is 380 passing yards shy of becoming the fourth passer to reach 6,000 ... Muhlenberg is ranked sixth in the country by and third by the AFCA.

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall
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The Blue Jays and the Diplomats meet for the 60th time in a series that dates to 1912 ... F&M holds a 34-23-2 advantage, including a 19-11 win last season in Baltimore to snapped a 10-game Hopkins' win streak in the series ... JHU ran its win streak to three with a 12-0 win against Juniata ... it is the first time since 2003 that Hopkins has posted consecutive shutouts and the first time in school history that JHU has shut out back-to-back Centennial opponents ... RB Andrew Kase rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown, breaking the school single-season yardage record (1,151) ... it was his school-record 14th 100-yard effort and the TD also set a school rushing mark (12) ... Kase needs just 30 more yards to become the 21st Centennial back to gain over 2,500 yards in a career ... QB Hewitt Tomlin was 20-of-30 for 253 yards to raise his season total to 1,591 yards - just 245 shy of the Hopkins record for a freshman ... JHU, now 17-3 in its last 20 games in the month of November, can get its eighth season with seven or more wins since Jim Margraff took over as head coach ... prior to his arrival in 1990, Hopkins had won seven games in a season just five times ... F&M evened its record at .500 with a 20-0 whitewashing of McDaniel ... it was the Blue and White's first blanking of the Terror since 1986 (37-0) ... the Diplomats have shut out three of its four home opponents this season and have yet to yield a second-half point at Sponaugle-Williamson Field in 2008 ... Franklin & Marshall has not finished unbeaten at home since 1992 ... the two top passers in the Conference are on display Saturday - and it's not the QBs, it's the WRs ... Hopkins' Dan Crowley (791.2) and F&M's Jarrell Diggs (656.3) are 1-2 in the CC in the category, but do not have enough attempts to qualify for the Conference lead ... Crowley is 2-for-2 for 86 yards and two TDs, while Diggs is 2-for-3 for 132 yards and two scores.

Dickinson at Juniata
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The Red Devils and the Eagles meet for the 20th time in a series that began in 1921 ... Dickinson holds an 11-8 advantage with five consecutive wins ... Juniata's last victory was a 26-9 win in Huntingdon in 2002 ... Ian Mitchell became just the second Dickinson QB to throw for over 1,500 yards in a season (1,507), joining Matt Torchia (2005-2006) ... he is just 21 yards shy of the 3,000-yard mark for his career ... WR Pat O'Connor grabbed eight passes for 109 yards ... his 64 catches are 10 shy of the school single-season record, while his 1,039 yards shatters the old standard of 750 ... the Red Devils share the Conference lead with 20 sacks ... Dickinson has converted 12-of-17 fourth-downs this season ... Juniata closes its 2008 season and says good-bye to nine seniors against the Devils ... DB Jordan Baird tied an NCAA all-divisions record by forcing four fumbles vs. Johns Hopkins ... he recovered one to go along with nine solo and 11 overall tackles ... QB Jay Leonard went over the 7,000-yard mark in total offense for his career (7,100) and needs 320 in his final game to break the school's career record ... the Eagles have earned 19 first downs via penalty this season.

Gettysburg at McDaniel
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The Bullets and the Green Terror meet for the 62nd time in a series that began in 1891 ... Gettysburg holds a 44-16-1 advantage in this Route 97 rivalry ... the home team has won the last six meetings in the series ... the Bullets were idle last week ... QB Matt Flynn leads the Conference in total offense (270.5) … his fourth-quarter TD pass vs. Dickinson was the 34th of his career, breaking the school mark previously held by Dennis Flaherty '01 ... WB Charles Curcio is fourth in the CC in all-purpose yards (151.2 per game) … Gettysburg leads the Conference in passing and total offense and is second in scoring offense … the Bullets are last in the CC in red zone defense, allowing points on 83.3 percent of opponents' trips inside the 20 ... DE Josh Jerrold leads the Centennial in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (10.5) … Gettysburg is last in the CC in turnover margin (-7) ... McDaniel fell to 2-6 with a 20-0 loss at Franklin & Marshall, ensuring the Terror's third straight losing season - something that has not happened on The Hill since 1987-88-89 ... LB Mike Weick has five straight double-digit tackle games and leads the CC with 12.0 per game ... this weekend is Homecoming Weekend at McDaniel, who has a 52-22-1 record in front of the alums.

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