Diplomats Ready to Reclaim Wagon Trophy - Week 5 Game Notes

Diplomats Ready to Reclaim Wagon Trophy - Week 5 Game Notes

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Saturday's Game: Game 5 |  Franklin & Marshall (3-1, 2-1 CC) at Dickinson (0-4, 0-3 CC) | Carlisle, Pa.

Series History:  Saturday will mark the 108th meeting between these two teams and is the longest rivalry in the Centennial Conference. The series started in Carlisle on Oct. 30, 1889, with a 10-0 Dickinson win and the teams gathered again on Nov. 28th of that year, with F&M posting a 22-0 shutout. The Diplomats lead the series 62-42-3, but Dickinson has won 22 of the last 27 meetings. 

The Wagon:  Since 1963, the F&M Diplomats and Dickinson Red Devils have played for a model of the wagon that transported both teams to play each other in the two 1889 meetings. A gift of F&M Athletic Director J. Shober Barr and Dickinson A.D. Dave Eavenson, the trophy is meant to symbolize the friendly gridiron rivalry between the two institutions. F&M holds a 28-25 advantage since the inception of the trophy game, including an 18-year victory streak from 1970 until 1987.  

The Last Meeting: Dickinson defeated Franklin & Marshall 13-7 on Oct. 3. The Red Devils took an early 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter, when Dickinson made the best of an F&M penalty on third-and-two, and finished off an eight play, 74-yard drive for the early advantage.  

F&M had a chance to add points at the end of the second quarter. The Diplomats marched 45 yards in 38 seconds and Billy Zwicharowski set up for a 32-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked, sending the teams to the break with Dickinson leading 7-0.  

Billy Burger led Dickinson on a 92-yard drive early in the third quarter that was capped off with a nine-yard pass to Chris Soulas. The extra point went wide left, giving the Red Devils a 13-0 advantage with 4:46 left in the third.  

The Diplomats finally got the ball moving midway through the fourth quarter when F&M went to a hurry-up offense. Matt Magarity picked up 67 yards through the air and finished off the drive with a 14-yard pass to Andrew Heird to make it 13-7.  

F&M outgained Dickinson 374-256 yards on offense and held a slight 18-17 edge in first downs.   

David Shellhammer rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries and Stephon Smith finished with 31 on seven touches. Magarity finished with 237 yards and one score while Andrew DeStefano picked up 82 yards on seven catches.  

Brendan Daly led the defense with eight tackles and Steve Elf, A.J. Koikoi and Cullen Falvey each had six stops apiece.  

F&M Last Week: Dave Shellhammer and Taalib Gerald combined for 289 rushing yards and five scores to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 45-22 victory over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action.  

After a fourth down hold by its defense early in the second quarter, F&M took over on its own 33. Dave Shellhammer carried the ball four times for 52 yards to start and put F&M on the Juniata 16-yardline. Three plays later, Taalib Gerald got the call and raced into the end zone from three yards out to give F&M a 7-0 edge. 

Zach Bradley completed 10-of-16 passes for 168 yards in his season debut. Bobby Keyes hauled in four passes for 107 yards and Dillion Alderfer finished with 33 yards on two grabs. 

Shellhammer had a career-high 174 yards on 21 carries for an 8.3 average per touch. He scored twice and had a long run of 59 yards. Gerald added another 115 on the ground on 19 touches with three scores. 

Cody Hubbs handled all the kicking duties for the Diplomats. He went 6-for-6 in PATs and hit a 32-yard field goal. Hubbs also averaged 34.8 yards per punt and 52.3 yards per kickoff. 

Luke Foukas paced the defense with six stops while Dylan Jones and Brendan Daly both ended with five tackles each. Ben Okun, Jeff Leone, Vincent Moffett, Steve Elf and Tyler Petri all finished the day with four tackles. Jones, Petri and Brendan Kilkenny all recorded a sack for the Diplomats. 

Dickinson Last Week: Dickinson suffered another tough loss last Saturday as host Moravian College scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to post a 24-10 win over the Red Devils..

Billy Burger completed 24-of-38 passes for 288 yards on the day with sophomore Jake Walbert making nine catches for 135 yards. Tyler Dowdle and Darrion Bunce each covered 43 yards on three receptions. 

Sophomore Tyler Heisey led the defensive effort with 11 tackles while Pat Irwin andJordan Hollander each recorded nine stops.

Senior Kevin Sherry returned to action, recording seven tackles, including two for losses and a six-yard sack.