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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 32nd meeting between McDaniel (3-1, 2-1 CC) and Juniata (1-3, 1-2 CC) in a series that dates back to 1923. The Eagles hold a 16-14-1 lead in the all-time series, including winning 42-41 in overtime in the last trip to Westminster. The Green Terror won last season in Huntingdon, 24-21.
WHEN LAST WE MET: McDaniel outscored Juniata 17-7 after halftime to rally for a 24-21 victory last season. The offense finished with 321 yards of total offense while the defense recorded eight sacks on the afternoon. John Chamberlin ran the ball 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense while Ray Doh and Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) led the defense. Doh had three sacks while Siga recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble. AJ Brocato caught five passes for 106 yards, including a touchdown, to lead the Eagles.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored 16 straight points in the second half to take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and defeat Gettysburg 32-22 last week. Tyler Palermiti (Hudson, Fla./Dunedin) led the Green Terror with 244 yards on 17 of 26 passing. Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) added eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks, to go with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and breakup. Linwood Nicolas, Jr. led the Bullets with three catches for 103 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown grab.
LEADING THE WAY: Tracey Easton (Waldorf, Md./North Point), Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College), Jake Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.), Kofi Siga 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.
WITH HONORS: Jarius Ransom earned the CC Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading a solid defensive effort on Saturday. He recorded eight tackles, including 2.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks, to go with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and pass breakup.
HELLO, ALUMS: Today is Homecoming on the Hill for McDaniel. The Green Terror is 55-29-1 on Homecoming, including winning 14 of the last 26. McDaniel last hosted Juniata on Homecoming Weekend for the infamous Snowcoming Game on Oct. 29, 2011. In that game, the Green Terror topped the Eagles 23-19 on a blanket of snow in the last season at Scott S. Bair Stadium.
200-LEVEL COURSE: Tyler Palermiti completed 17 of 26 passes on Saturday for a career-high 244 yards. It was the junior's first collegiate 200-yard passing game. He completed seven passes of 17 or more yards in the contest but did not throw a touchdown pass. Palermiti's 244-yard day was the most by a Green Terror quarterback since Will Koester threw for 357 against Juniata on Sept. 30, 2017.
TURN IT AROUND: The McDaniel defense forced two more turnovers in Saturday's win, recovering a pair of Gettysburg fumbles. The defense finished the day with five forced fumbles but recovered two of them. The two turnovers pushed the Green Terror's turnover margin on the year to plus-13. However, the defense did have a streak end. It was the first time in six games that McDaniel did not have an interception. The last time that happened was at Ursinus on Oct. 27 of last season.
BACK WHERE HE BELONGS: Perry Stefanelli scored his first touchdown in two years on Saturday. The sixth-year player, who had missed 16 straight games entering this season, found the end zone twice against the Bullets. The last time he found paydirt was a three-touchdown game as part of a 167-yard explosion at Franklin & Marshall on Sept. 16, 2017. He now has 13 career touchdowns.
SPREAD THE LOVE: Two more Green Terror players recorded their first touchdowns on Saturday. Kevin Sheckells (Pasadena, Md./St. Mark's) and Daqwan Hill (Germantown, Md./The Avalon School) each found the end zone for the first time in the McDaniel careers. Sheckells scored the Green Terror's first touchdown, powering home from inside the one-yard line in the first quarter. Hill scored on a seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Nine different McDaniel players have scored a touchdown this season.
ISN'T IT NICE?: Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) made a pair of field goals last Saturday and enters this week 6-for-9 on the season in field-goal attempts. The sophomore has made at least one field goal in each of the last six games and has put one through the uprights in 11 of his 14 career games. His six field goals this season is tied for the most in the conference and has the longest active streak of consecutive games with a field goal.
TERROR TIDBITS: The 32 points scored in Saturday's win was the most the Green Terror had put up in two seasons, dating back to a 41-point outing against Juniata on Sept. 30, 2017… Saturday was the first game this season in which the Green Terror outgained its opponent… McDaniel is looking for its first 4-1 start to a season since 2010. The Green Terror finished 5-5 that year.
COACHES' CORNER: Demarcus White is in his first season as head coach, debuting with back-to-back wins and enters this week with a 3-1 record. 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… Tim Launtz is in his ninth season at the helm of the Eagles, entering today with a record of 27-57. He became Juniata's 22nd head coach after serving 15 years on the staff, going 1-9 in his first season as the head man. In his third year, he guided the squad to a 7-3 regular-season record and ECAC Bowl appearance. He most recently served seven seasons as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he mentored the receiving corps, defensive backs and served as special teams coordinator from 1997-99. The Huntingdon native graduated from Juniata in 1980.
THE WORD ON JUNIATA: The Eagles enter today's contest off a 42-5 loss to Muhlenberg on Saturday. Juniata's scores came on a 25-yard Sam Craig field goal and a safety 1 minute, 15 seconds apart in the second quarter. Austin Montgomery completed 13 of 25 passes for 51 yards. Sean Owens hauled in four passes for 77 yards… The Eagles have scored 77 points in their first four games. However, 44 of those points (57.1 percent) came in a 44-38 win at Ursinus on Sept. 21. Juniata has netted just five points in its other two conference games this season… Montgomery has not only thrown for 631 yards this season but he is also the team's leading rusher with 214 yards on 59 carries. He has two rushing touchdowns to go with his five through the air. Montgomery has two 200-yard passing games and two 100-yard rushing games. He ran for 100 and threw for 257 against Grove City and had 111 rushing and 229 passing against Ursinus… The Eagles enter this week ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (19.3 ppg) and ninth in total offense (287.5).