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Muhlenberg at McDaniel Game Notes

(c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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2019 McDaniel Football: Week 7

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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 50th meeting between McDaniel (3-3, 2-3 CC) and Muhlenberg (6-0, 5-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1927. The Mules took a 42-18 victory last season in Allentown to make it nine wins in a row and 11 in 12 years to take a 24-22-3 lead in the all-time series. The Green Terror's lone win during the stretch came by a 16-9 margin in Allentown in 2010.

WHEN LAST WE MET: Muhlenberg jumped out to a 28-3 lead after its first four possession, outgaining McDaniel 403-263 on the day in a 42-18 victory. Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown. Isaac Murray ran for a career-high 138 yards for the Green Terror. Mike Hnatkowsky threw for 250 yards, completing 24 of 33 passes to lead the 20th-ranked Mules.

LAST TIME OUT: Dickinson finished with a 369-211 advantage in total yards, shutting out McDaniel for a 34-0 victory last Saturday. Nah'shon Godfrey led the Green Terror defense with seven tackles and two pass breakups. Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) led the offense with 69 yards rushing on 13 carries. Tim Graham threw for 206 yards on 9 of 17 passing to lead the Red Devils.

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.

ON A RUN: Perry Stefanelli broke off a career-long 56-yard run in the third quarter last Saturday to set up McDaniel's lone red-zone opportunity of the game. Stefanelli broke through the middle of the line and scampered for the Green Terror's longest run play of the season. The play accounted for more than 80 percent of his 69 yards rushing on the day. It was the longest play from scrimmage since Isaac Murray had a 63-yard run against Muhlenberg on Oct. 20 last season.

BLOCK PARTY: Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) blocked a PAT attempt on Saturday for his first collegiate blocked kick. It was the second time this season that the Green Terror has blocked a kick attempt. McDaniel blocked a punt at Moravian in the second week of the season.

ONE-MAN BAND: Nah'shon Godfrey not only recorded a team-high seven tackles but also had a pair of pass breakups on Saturday. He also recovered a fumble after he and Kiree Moore (Arlington, Va./Westlake) met on a Red Devil receiver inside the 10-yard line to knock the ball loose and prevent another touchdown late in the first half. Godfrey is second on the team with 49 tackles and leads the team with three interceptions and six total passes defended.

STUCK IN NEUTRAL: The Green Terror has been outgained in all but one game this season. Outside of a season-high 425 yards of total offense against Gettysburg on Sept. 28, McDaniel has not totaled more than 299 yards of total offense in any of the other five games this season. The Green Terror have run more than 63 offensive plays just once this year – a 76-play outing against the Bullets. In all, Green Terror games this season have featured the fewest combined yards in the conference – by a significant margin. McDaniel is averaging just 261.2 yards per games on offense but the defense has surrendered just 336.2 yards per game for a total average of just 597.4 yards per game combined. The next lowest combined per game average is Moravian at 664.5 yards per game.

TURN THE TABLES: The Green Terror lost the turnover battle for the first time this season on Saturday, turning the ball over three times on offense while the defense forced just two turnovers. McDaniel had turned the ball over just once in the first half of the season. The defense has multiple turnovers, however, in five of the six games this season. After entering the week No. 1 in all of college football in turnover margin at +14, the Green Terror is now fifth in Division III at +13.

TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror lost its ninth straight game coming off the bye week last week… McDaniel was shut out for the first time since Muhlenberg blanked the Green Terror 55-0 on Sept. 19, 2015.

COACHES' CORNER: Demarcus White is in his first season as head coach, debuting with back-to-back wins and enters this week with a 3-3 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… Nate Milne is in his second season at the helm of the Mules, winning his first seven games at the head man after serving the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator. He enters this week with a record of 17-2 after guiding the team to a co-championship in the conference last season and at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. Muhlenberg advanced to the third round of the tournament last season. In Milne's years as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, the Mules compiled a record of 25-8, averaging 33.3 points and 428.0 yards per game. He spent the previous seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Susquehanna.

THE WORD ON MUHLENBERG: The Mules enter the week off a 45-21 win over Ursinus last Friday night. Muhlenberg is currently ranked sixth in the latest poll… Trailing 14-7 after the first quarter, Todd Spirt hit a 43-yard field goal and Ryan Curtiss caught a pair of touchdown passes for a 24-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. Mike Hnatkowsky completed 19 of 25 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Curtiss caught seven passes for 103 yards and three scores to earn CC Offensive Player of the Week honors. James Diggs ran for 129 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries… The Mules have scored 38 or more points in five of the six games this season and are averaging a CC-best 40.5 ppg. The defense also has the best scoring defense in the conference at 14.0 ppg… Hnatkowsky is completing a CC-best 70.7 percent of his passes this season. He recorded his 20th career 200-yard passing game last Friday night. Over his last three games, the senior signal caller has thrown for at least four touchdowns in each game and has completed 54 of 68 passes (79.4 percent) with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions… James Diggs has ran the ball 98 times for 462 yards and four touchdowns… Curtiss and Max Kirn each have seven touchdown grabs. Kirn has a team-best 344 yards on 17 catches while Curtiss has a team-high 24 grabs for 341 yards… Frankie Feaster leads the conference with 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss… Joseph O'Hagan leads the way in the Mule secondary with 38 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups. He also has a pair of fumble recoveries… Spirt is 4-for-5 in field goals this season, including hitting a career-long 43 yarder last weekend.