Friday, October 09, 2009

The Friday Tailgate

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Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
Audio: WDCV-FM 88.3. Video: No. Live Stats: No. Twitter: Yes.
It's the game of the day in the Conference ... and could be the game of the season. The undefeated Red Devils (3-0 CC, 5-0), ranked 25th in DIII by the AFCA, welcome the Blue Jays (3-0, 4-1) to Carlisle as their Homecoming opponent. This is the 63rd time that the two schools have met on the gridiron with Hopkins holding a 31-27-4 edge, including three straight wins at Biddle Field. Dickinson's last win over Hopkins at home came in 2001 (17-14, OT). The Blue Jays are 3-5 against teams ranked in the AFCA top 25 (poll debuted in 1999). Turnovers always play a difference in a football game and Saturday should be no different. Hopkins is +10 in turnover margin this season, while Dickinson is +9. Dickinson's Ian Mitchell set a Conference record for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 11. Johns Hopkins RB Andrew Kase leads the Conference in rushing (596 yds) and has 19 100-yard games in his career.

Franklin & Marshall at Ursinus
Audio: Ursinus Sports Network. Video: No. Live Stats: Yes.
The other big game of the day sends the one-loss Diplomats (1-1, 3-1) to Collegeville to face the third CC unbeaten Bears (2-0, 2-2). It promises to be a day filled with footballs, as F&M's John Harrison and Ursinus' Justin Decristofaro have combined to throw for 2,469 yards and 23 touchdowns in just four games. Diplomat WR George Eager leads the Conference with 32 receptions for 421 yards and eight TDs. Bear WR Nick Giarratano caught 11 passes for 218 yards last week vs. Gettysburg. It is the 91st renewal of one of the Centennial's longest-running series. F&M holds a 61-25-4 advantage in a series that began in 1894.

Gettysburg at Moravian
Audio: WSAN-AM 1470. Video: No. Live Stats: No.
This is just the eighth time that the Bullets (1-2, 1-4) and the Greyhounds (1-2, 1-4) have met on the gridiron since 1978. Gettysburg holds a 6-1 advantage and has won both games since Moravian's entrance into the Conference. The Orange and Blue set seven Conference records in last weekend's loss at Ursinus, including combined total offense (1,317) and points (105), most points by a losing team (50), most passing yards (Matt Flynn, 519) and total offense (Flynn, 522), most TD passes (Flynn, 7) and most TD responsible for (tie, 7, Flynn). Gettysburg leads Division III in total offense (534.6) and has scored 20 or more points in each of its five games, averaging 35.6 ppg. Moravian, on the other hand, has been shut out twice, held to a field goal in two other games and is averaging just 5.4 ppg. RB Ryan Rempe was back at full strength last week and ran for 169 yards.

Muhlenberg at Juniata
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The Mules (0-2, 1-3) and the Eagles (0-3, 0-5) square off in Huntingdon for the fifth time in a series that began in 1929. 'Berg has won the previous four games, including a 38-7 decision last fall. Muhlenberg RB Terrence Dandridge leads all freshman in the Centennial with 396 yards rushing. QB Justin Myers came off the bench last week vs. Hopkins to throw three TD passes and earned the start vs. Juniata. The Eagles' offense has struggled this season, producing just 23 points in five games. P Owen Phillips has become a weapon, averaging 38.1 yards per punt with five kicks longer than 50 yards and 10 downed inside the 20 yard-line.

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