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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 51st meeting between McDaniel (2-0, 1-0 CC) and Franklin & Marshall (2-0, 1-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Diplomats lead the all-time series 34-16-2 and have won the last 15 meetings after the Green Terror took seven straight between 1997 and 2003.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Each team scored on their first offensive possession and added a second-quarter touchdown before Franklin & Marshall tacked on a third score in the fourth quarter for a 21-14 win over McDaniel. Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) led the defense with 10 tackles. Joe Hartley-Vittoria carried the ball 26 times for 112 yards with a touchdown.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel's defense forced seven turnovers and the offense scored the final 10 points, including a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining for a 13-10 win at Moravian last Saturday. Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) led the defense with nine tackles, including sack, forced fumble, two interceptions and a pass breakup. Nick Petros caught eight balls for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the Greyhounds. He also earned a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week for his play.
WITH HONORS: Nah'shon Godfrey earned Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after his play last week. He led a strong defensive effort that forced seven turnovers in a 13-10 win over Moravian. Godfrey had nine tackles, including seven solo stops. He also had two interceptions, a sack, forced fumble and a pass breakup.
LEADING THE WAY: Tracey Easton (Waldorf, Md./North Point), Nah'shon Godfrey, Jake Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.), Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) and Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) will all captain the squad in 2019. All five are first-time captains. It marks the most captains since the Green Terror also had five in 2013.
PICKIN' IT: Nah'shon Godfrey had his first career two-interception game on Saturday. It led a defense that picked off four Greyhound passes, tying the program record for interceptions in a game. The last time the Green Terror intercepted four passes in a game was Oct. 30, 2010 at Franklin & Marshall. Kai Leibfried (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) also had his first collegiate interception in the game and Kiree Moore (Arlington, Va./Westlake) returned an interception 56 yards.
LIKE A BAKERY: As a whole, the McDaniel defense forced seven turnovers in last Saturday's 13-10 win at Moravian. It is the most known turnovers forced by a Green Terror defense since 1967. The 20-0 win over Lycoming that day featured seven fumble recoveries in a 20-0 win. McDaniel forced six turnovers against Johns Hopkins on Nov. 12, 2011. In addition to four interceptions, the defense also forced and recovered a pair of fumbles in the victory.
TAKE IT, KEEP IT: Through the first two games of the season, the Green Terror defense has forced nine turnovers, which is the fourth most in Division III. Meanwhile, the offense has not turned the ball over in either of the first two games. With a +9 turnover margin, McDaniel is has the best margin in the nation. St. Thomas (Minn.) has only played one game and posted a +5 margin, so the Tommies' per-game margin ranks higher in Division III.
SECOND CHANCES: Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) had a chance at a career-long 47-yard field goal with 5:14 to play in the game on Saturday but pushed it wide left. However, Moravian was flagged for being offsides on the play, giving Denlinger a second chance. Lined up for a season-long 42-yarder, the sophomore drilled it to cut the Green Terror deficit to 10-6 at the time and set up a chance for a game-winning touchdown one drive later.
JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME: Junior Nick Alberto (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) had a career day last Saturday. Entering the game with three career receptions, Alberto caught eight passes in the game. However, none were bigger than his eighth of day. With 12 second left, Alberto snagged a ball in the back-right corner of the end zone and was able to get a foot down inbounds for the game-winning touchdown. It was his first collegiate score.
HARLOW'D GROUND: Demarus White is the first Green Terror head coach to win start his career 2-0 since Dick Harlow won his first three games as mentor in 1926. Harlow went on to post a 60-13-7 record (.794) in nine seasons. Harlow also coached at Penn State, Colgate and Harvard with a 149-69-17 all-time record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
TERROR TIDBITS: McDaniel has been outgained 672-514 in the first two games. The Green Terror is ninth in the CC in total offense – the only 2-0 team not in the top four… McDaniel has allowed a 100-yard receiver in each of its first two games.
COACHES' CORNER: Demarcus White is in his first season as head coach, debuting with back-to-back wins and enters this week 2-0. He has served the last three seasons on staff as defensive coordinator. Since arriving in 2016, his scheme has consistently put pressure on opposing offenses. In each of the previous three seasons, his defenses finished in the top six in the conference in total defense, pass defense and sacks. The unit produced 74 sacks and 20 interceptions in the last three seasons. He has helped produce five all-conference defenders in those three seasons, including a first-team selection in linebacker Jarius Ransom last season. He previously had stops at Iona, ASA College and Rutgers prior to his time on the Hill… John Troxell is in his 13th season at Franklin & Marshall. He is 81-58, guiding the Diplomats to a 9-2 record and ECAC South Atlantic title in 2009 after back-to-back 4-6 records and a 3-7 inaugural season at the helm. He added three ECAC Bowl games over the next four seasons, including a 38-14 win over Delaware Valley in the Southeast Bowl in 2013. In 2016, he guided the Diplomats back to the postseason after a 7-3 regular season with a spot in the Centennial-MAC Bowl. In 2017, F&M was co-champions of the CC and defeated Widener 21-7 in the Centennial-MAC Bowl. The Diplomats made it three straight Centennial-MAC Bowl wins with a 21-20 victory over Lycoming in 2018. Troxell took the reins following five seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette, serving as video coordinator, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach for the 2004 and 2005 Patriot League champions.
THE WORD ON FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: The Diplomats enter today's game with a 2-0 record for the third straight season. After a 35-20 win at Lebanon Valley to start the year, Franklin & Marshall whitewashed Juniata 54-0 in its home and conference opener last Saturday. Garrett Parschy was 12-for-16 for 184 yards through the air. Tim Walter caught six passes for 107 yards… The Diplomats outgained the Eagles 512-104 on the afternoon. The defense held Juniata to six drives of three plays or fewer… Franklin & Marshall has scored the most points of any conference team through the first two games with 89 points. The Diplomats are second to Susquehanna in total offense at 404.0 yards per game… At 248.0 yards per game, Franklin & Marshall has the best running attack in the league… The Diplomats have a balanced run game. Keshon Farmer has run for 136 yards and four scores while Joe Hartley-Vittoria has 115 yards and two TDs. Eric Harris has run for 93 and a touchdown… No Franklin & Marshall defender has more than nine tackles this season.