Saturday's Game: F&M (6-3, 5-3 CC) at Gettysburg (3-6, 3-5 CC)
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 102nd meeting between Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall in a series that began with a 68-0 Franklin & Marshall win in 1890. Gettysburg has a two game edge in the series at 48-46-7.
The bulk of the series has been played out in Lancaster, with 70 of the 101 games on the books having been settled on the Sponaugle-Williamson gridiron. F&M holds a 38-28-4 lead in those games, while the Bullets lead 20-8-3 in games played in Gettysburg. The series is the longest for the Bullets and the second-longest for the Diplomats.
The series took a 16-year hiatus when the Bullets went to the Middle Atlantic Conference University Division and the Diplomats went to the College Division in 1959. It resumed in 1976, and after five consecutive games in the month of September, the rivalry returned to a November showdown in 1981.
The Lincoln Trophy: Since 1890, the teams have used one road to travel between each institution, the Lincoln Highway. In honor of the namesake of the highway, the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, and his importance to the town of Gettysburg, a special trophy, called the "Lincoln Football Trophy" is handed out to the winner of the Gettysburg-Franklin & Marshall football game. The Lincoln Trophy is a replica wooden stovepipe top hat that was created and donated by a local craftsman, Bill Hewitt. The wood used are from the remains of two witness trees from the town of Gettysburg that President Lincoln would have passed during his visit following the battle in 1863.
Last Time We Met: Gettysburg turned two turnovers into 14 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-7 victory over Franklin & Marshall last year on Nov. 14.
Max Havlusch paced the defense with nine stops (6s) and a tackle for a loss (TFL). Ryan Feulner had eight tackles (7s) and Vincent Moffett finished with a forced fumble, and eight tackles. Luke Foukas had 2.5 TFLs and a fumble recovery to go along with seven stops while Benjamin Okun finished with an interception and four tackles.
Matt Magarity completed 11-of-26 passes for 116 yards and added 29 more on the ground. Logan Lewis racked up 80 yards on 22 rushes and Shellhammer had 76 yards on 18 carries.
Keyes hauled in five passes for 79 yards to pace the receiving core.
Cody Hubbs averaged 42 yards per punt and placed three inside the 20.
F&M Last Week: No. 7 Johns Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall 48-28 last Saturday.
Dave Shellhammer led the ground game for F&M with 77 yards on 19 carries while Tanner Erisman and Zachary Bradley ended with 32 and 24 yards respectively. Bradley had the edge with 203 pass yards on 17 completions with two scores and Erisman ended the game with 43 yards and two scores.
Steve Elf paced the defense with 11 stops (5s), Brendan Daly had six stops and Vincent Moffett ended with five tackles for the Diplomats. Tyler Petri and Frank McGlinchey both had a tackle for a loss and Ben Okun ended the day with two pass break-ups.
Gettysburg Last Week: Dickinson College out-scored Gettysburg College 17-3 in the fourth quarter and then held the Bullets off the scoreboard in the second overtime session to pick up a 37-34 victory and claim the Little Brown Bucket at Biddle Field last week.
Gettysburg (3-6, 3-5 CC) led 24-10 entering the fourth quarter at Dickinson (1-8, 1-7 CC), but the hosts ran off 17 unanswered points to force a game-tying 29-yard field goal by sophomore Justin Geisel with 22 seconds left. After exchanging touchdowns in the first overtime, the Bullets missed a field goal before a 27-yarder by Stephen Walker finished off the win.
Danny Thompson finished 12-of-21 for 171 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on 16 carries. Davidov led the ground attack with 59 yards on nine carries. Abdul-Karim grabbed five receptions for 78 yards and Ryan Thompson added 44 yards on three catches. McFadden finished with a game-high 227 all-purpose yards.
Junior Frank Olmo piled up a career-high 19 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and one sack. Sophomore Mike McKnight logged 11 tackles and classmate Jake Skinner posted seven stops.
Burger went 17-of-28 for 220 yards and carried the ball 27 times for 121 yards and four touchdowns. Stephen Black added 93 yards rushing on 21 carries and Walbert grabbed six receptions for 103 yards. James Turner paced Dickinson's defense with 11 tackles and Kevin Sherry added eight tackles and three sacks.