Week 10 Notes - F&M Welcomes Gettysburg for the Regular Season Finale

Week 10 Notes - F&M Welcomes Gettysburg for the Regular Season Finale

Today's Game: 

Gettysburg (6-3, 5-3 CC) at F&M (6-3, 5-3 CC) 

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Series History: Saturday's game marks the 101st meeting between Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall in a series that began with a 68-0 Franklin & Marshall win in 1890. Gettysburg has a one-game edge in the series at 47-46-7. 

The bulk of the series has been played out in Lancaster, with 69 of the 100 games on the books having been settled on the Sponaugle-Williamson gridiron. F&M holds a 38-27-4 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 game was played on Thanksgiving Day for four decades and in the early 1980s, the contest would serve as the deciding game for Centennial Conference supremacy as the last game of the regular season. 

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" will be 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.  

F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall fell 45-24 to No. 8 Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. 

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Matt Magarity completed 15-of-27 passes for 160 yards and two scores and Tanner Erisman added 42 on four completions. 

Logan Lewis racked up 57 yards on 22 rushes while Andrew DeStefano hauled in six passes for 57 yards. Bobby Keyes finished with 47 yards on four catches and Lewis added 46 receiving yards. 

Nathan English led the defense with 12 stops (5s), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Vincent Moffett had nine stops while Luke Foukas, Jon Naji, Ryan Feulner, Brendan Daly and Max Havlusch all had five stops each. Foukas had a half sack and Naji finished with a sack of his own. 

Gettysburg Last Week:  The Bullets held the Little Brown Bucket high thanks to a 20-17 victory over the Red Devils at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium Saturday afternoon. 

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Gettysburg out-gained Dickinson 328-286 in total offense, including 232-189 on the ground. The Red Devils held a sizeable advantage in time of possession with more than 38 minutes. 

The seniors helped lead the way in their final home game. Kyle Wigley piled up 89 yards on 17 carries, while Sam  McDermott went for 68 yards on 13 rushes. The senior quarterback was an efficient 8-of-11 for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Fred Pulzello finished with two catches for 32 yards. Senior punter Robby Fay averaged 39 yards on his three punts. 

Junior Chris Miller racked up 10 stops and senior Michael Kornegay came away with eight tackles. Sophomore Joey DiCristofaro and Joe Scaglione each recorded seven tackles, with the former adding a sack. Junior Michael Pennella posted six solo tackles and one sack.

Madden carried the ball 31 times for 83 yards. Burger recorded 74 yards on the ground and 112 yards through the air, while Madden added seven receptions for 39 yards. Jake Myers and Kevin Sherry each totaled 11 tackles for Dickinson. 

Class of 2016: Sixteen players from the Class of 2016 will play their last regular season on Sponaugle-Williamson Field. Anthony Carlucci, Anthony Castaneda, Jonathan Cox, Ryan Feulner, Max Havlusch, Andrew Heird, Tre Henderson, Ryan Ignatovig, A.J. Koikoi, A.J. Kolen, Tim Leone, Matt Magarity, Lou Moeller, Matthew Pisarcik, Matt Ranieri, Sean Triandis make up the F&M football class of 2016. 

Bowl Chances: F&M can clinch a spot in the inaugural Centennial-MAC Bowl with a win and a Muhlenberg loss. The bowl series will involve the top two teams from each conference that are not selected for the NCAA Division III championship tournament.  

The top team from each conference that is not selected to the NCAAs will play host for a game in the series. The next team from each conference will be the road team and play against the top team in the other conference. The bowl games are scheduled for Saturday, November 21. 

The Last Meeting: Gettysburg defeated Franklin & Marshall 26-14 last season and claimed The Lincoln Football Trophy with the win. 

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Chris Miller picked off Matt Magarity early in the second and raced 55-yards down the sideline to put the Bullets up 20-7 early in the second quarter.  

Zackery returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards and Magarity took it from there six plays later with a 42-yard run to bring the Diplomats within six, 20-14 with 11:58 left in the second.

The Diplomats threatened multiple times in the second half, but the Bullets defense answered the call every time. Early in the fourth, F&M had a first-and-goal on the two, but Gettysburg forced a turnover on downs. 

Matt Magarity finished 17-of-28 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also added 68 yards on the ground, while Scott LaValva was held to 46 yards on 22 carries. Paul McGann hauled in seven passes for 78 yards. Zackery also posted seven receptions and 45 yards. 

Luke Foukas paced the defense with six stops (4s) while Max Havlusch had six stops, including a sack. Brian Velasco also had six tackles (5s) and A.J. Koikoi had a sack and six solo stops.  

The Last Meeting in Lancaster: E.J. Schneider scored four times to help deliver Franklin & Marshall a 36-26 victory over Gettysburg last year on Nov. 16, 2013. E.J. Schneider completed 14-of-25 passes for 159 yards and added 135 more on the ground.  

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Frank Strumolo went over the 100-yard plateau for the third-straight week with a game-high 177 yards on 36 carries and a score. Jordan Zackery led all receivers with 81 yards on six catches and Tim Muller finished with 45.  

The F&M defense was in the Bullets' backfield all afternoon, racking up 10 sacks and holding the Bullets to just 268 yards. Gettysburg came into the game with the second-best offense in the conference, averaging 481 yards a game.  

Ryan Young led the group with 15 tackles (10 s); four went for a loss including two sacks. John Stark had eight stops while Brian Velasco and Leo Chubinishvili ended with six apiece. Chubinishvili, Brendan Wengerter and A.J. Koikoi all collected two sacks while Troy Harrison and Jonathan Cox picked up a sack apiece.