Juniata (1-0, 0-0 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (1-0, 0-0 CC) | Sponaugle-Williamson Field
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 12-1
In Lancaster: F&M 8-0
In Huntingdon: F&M 5-1
In Centennial Play: F&M 10-0
First Meeting: 10/18/1924 (F&M 27-0)
Last Meeting: 9/26/2016 (F&M 45-22)
Last F&M Win: (45-22) 9/16/2017
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 14th time F&M and Juniata have convened on the gridiron and the 10th time since Juniata attained associate membership status in the Centennial Conference. F&M won all 10 meetings since the Eagles landed in the league, including a 45-22 victory last season. F&M's 29-12 win in Huntingdon in 2007 rekindled the rivalry after a 21-year hiatus. The first two contests were played in Lancaster - 61 years apart. The Diplomats won the first game played back on Oct. 18, 1924, by a 27-0 margin.
Records Watch: Taalib Gerald sits in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories entering the week. He is fourth with 20 rushing touchdowns with Keith Wert '78 owning the record at 28. His 24 touchdowns scored rank fifth, while his 144 points are sixth. Dale Amos '90 holds both records with 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively. Gerald enters the week with 1,547 rushing yards which place him ninth, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall picked up a decisive 48-7 opening-day victory over Lebanon Valley in non-conference football action on Saturday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight over the Dutchmen since the series revival in 2014 for F&M.
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F&M finished with 333 yards while its defense limited the Dutchmen to just 121 yards of offense.
Tanner Erisman completed 20-of-24 passes for 212 yards and four scores. He added another 55 yards on nine rushes with one score. K.J. Pretty hauled in six passes for 108 yards and two scores while Dillon Alderfer ended the day with 69 yards on eight grabs with one touchdown. Taalib Gerald netted 37 rushing yards on 11 touches with one touchdown for the Diplomats.
Juniata Last Week: The Juniata College football team had an offensive explosion in the second half, putting up 35 points en route to a 41-32 victory over visiting Grove City last Saturday.
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Joel Reighard was all over the field to help the Eagles to victory. He made eight tackles (six solo), had one TFL, a pass break up, a 70 yard punt-return touchdown, had seven kickoffs that averaged over 57 yards and kicked six extra points.
Austin Montgomery was 26-for-32 for 333 yards, four touchdowns passing and a rushing touchdown. Justin Helsel caught nine balls for 139 yards and three touchdowns while Matt Lehr carried the ball 15 times for 87 yards. AJ Brocato had six receptions for 53 yards and Jake Notestine caught three balls for 56 yards. Aldo Legge had two sacks and two TFLs while Nick Gray and Tanner College each made six tackles and notched a sack and a TFL a piece.
The Last Meeting: Dave Shellhammer and Taalib Gerald combined for 289 rushing yards and five scores to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 45-22 victory over Juniata last season.
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Zachary 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 on Saturday. 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.