Diplomats Head to Muhlenberg in a Battle of the Unbeatens - Week 5 Game Notes

Diplomats Head to Muhlenberg in a Battle of the Unbeatens - Week 5 Game Notes

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Game 5
No. 23 Franklin & Marshall (4-0, 3-0 CC) at Muhlenberg (3-0, 3-0 CC)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 | 1:00 p.m.

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Series Record: F&M 55-45-1
In Lancaster: F&M 28-18-1
In Allentown: MC 27-27
In Centennial Play: F&M 19-15
First Meeting: Oct. 4, 1902 (F&M 69-0)
Last MC Win: 35-19, Sept. 10, 2016
Last F&M Win: 17-14, Sept. 30, 2017

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 102nd meeting in a series that began in Lancaster 112 years ago with a 69-0 F&M victory. The shutout was the first of nine-consecutive whitewashes spread out across 22 years. F&M took the first four, while Muhlenberg captured the next five. Shutouts are a staple of the series with 26 contests ending with at least one team posting a goose egg. In 1930, the teams held each other scoreless. The Diplomats travel to Allentown for the 55th time, with the series tied 27-27 at Muhlenberg. F&M leads the all-time series 55-45-1 with a 19-15 mark in Centennial action.

Rankings: F&M is ranked 23rd in the AFCA Coaches Poll and sits at 24th in the D3football.com poll. The Diplomats are the only Centennial team ranked in either poll.

Around the Conference: Joe Granahan leads with 5.5 sacks this season, Keshon Farmer's 6.7 yards per rush is also first and K.J. Pretty leads the CC with four receiving scores. 

F&M is ranked first in Division III with 10 fumble recoveries and sits at seventh in time of possession (35:19).

Kilkenny Campbell Trophy Semifinalist: Franklin & Marshall's senior defensive linemen Brendan Kilkenny was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. From the 179 semifinalists named, the NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on October 31, and each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Learn more here.

Last Time We Met: Franklin & Marshall defeated Muhlenberg 17-14 in the final football game at Sponaugle-Williamson Field last season. View the full recap here

Tanner Erisman completed 26-of-39 passes for 252 yards and two scores and had another 32 yards on the ground. K.J. Pretty led all receivers with 104 yards on 11 grabs, and two scores and Dillion Alderfer had 65 yards on five catches. 

Garrett Perschy averaged 34.6 yards per punt with three inside the 20, Drew Tomlinson hit a 21-yard field goal and averaged 61 yards on four kickoffs, while Harley Wedholm connected on two extra points for F&M. 

Vincent Moffett paced the defense with 12 tackles (5s), recovered a fumble and had an interception return for 21 yards. Ben Okun had 13 stops (8s) and two pass breakups, while K.J. Boston and Bobby McDevitt finished with eight and six tackles, respectively. 

F&M Last Week: No. 21 Franklin & Marshall scored on its second play in overtime, and the defense came away with an interception to secure a 14-7 victory over Susquehanna. Read the full recap here

Tanner Erisman completed 15-of-29 passes for 129 yards and a score and added 23 more on eight rushes. Joe Hartley-Vittoria had a game-high 107 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown for his second-straight 100-yard rushing performance of the season, while K.J. Pretty ended with six grabs for 62 yards and one touchdown.

Sebastian Silva-Muniz paced the defense with eight stops (5s) and a forced fumble, while Marlen Fenstermacher and Bobby McDevitt both finished with seven stops each. Fenstermacher had an interception, and K.J. Boston had six stops, one going for a loss.

Muhlenberg Last Week: Sophomore Michael Hnatkowsky threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 62-7 Homecoming win against Juniata. Click here for the full recap.

The 62 points were the most scored by Muhlenberg at home against a Centennial Conference opponent since 2002.
 
Hnatkowsky completed 23-of-27 passes for 278 yards while playing only two series in the second half. It was the third time in his career he accounted for five touchdowns; the first was last year vs. Juniata in his first career start.
 
Juniors Max Kirin and Chris Hillburn caught two touchdown passes apiece for the Mules, who broke open a 7-7 tie by scoring on four straight possessions in the second and third quarters.
 
The defense, meanwhile, held the Eagles (0-4, 0-3) to 127 total yards, including just four on 29 rushing attempts, and picked off three passes.