Moravian (5-2, 4-2 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (5-2, 4-2 CC)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. | Shadek Stadium
Series Record: F&M leads 22-8
In Lancaster: F&M leads 15-2
In Bethlehem: F&M leads 7-6
In Centennial Play: F&M leads 6-5
First Meeting: Sept. 24 1932 (F&M 21-7)
Last F&M Win: Oct. 28, 2017 (36-14)
Last MC Win: Oct. 24, 2015 (34-19)
Series Streak: F&M +2
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 31st meeting in a series that began in Lancaster in 1932 with a 21-7 F&M win. It will be the 12th meeting between these schools as members of the Centennial Conference. F&M holds a 22-8 edge in a series in the previously on-again, off-again relationship. The first eight games were spread out over 42 seasons. The teams met for 11-consecutive seasons (1972-1982) competing in the MAC with F&M holding a 10-1 lead at the end of that streak. The series has been competitive since Moravian joined the CC, with F&M holding a slight 6-5 edge.
Statistical Rankings: F&M is first in the conference and ranks second nationwide with 13 fumble recoveries this season, while also ranking 11th in the country with the fewest penalties. Kevin Lammers leads the CC in punt returns, and Joe Granahan is third with 6.5 sacks.
F&M outgained Moravian 404-191 on offense and held a 35:34-24:26 in time of possession.
Tanner Erisman completed 26-of-36 passes for 291 yards and three scores. K.J. Pretty hauled in nine passes for 139 yards, his sixth 100-yard plus performance of the year, and three touchdowns while Dillion Alderfer had 58 yards on six grabs and Fortunato Perri ended with 46 receiving yards for F&M.
Taalib Gerald racked up 81 yards on 20 rushes and became just the fourth Diplomat to amass 2,000 or more career rushing yards.
Drew Tomlinson connected on two field goals (30 yds. & 26 yds.) and averaged 50.3 yards on seven kickoffs, including one touchback.
Ben Okun paced the defense with seven stops (5s), Joe Granahan ended with six tackles, including one for a loss. Vincent Speranza tallied five stops, forced a fumble and had three tackles for a loss, including one sack.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall scored early and often en route to a 35-14 victory over Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. Full recap.
Tanner Erisman completed 17-of-30 passes for 208 yards and two scores and added another touchdown on the ground. Keshon Farmer broke the century mark with 101 yards on 15 rushes and a score while K.J. Pretty hauled in five passes for 97 yards with a touchdown and Timothy Walter ended with 67 yards on six grabs.
Sebastian Silva-Muniz led the defense with nine tackles (6 solo) and a forced fumble, Bobby McDevitt ended with eight stops (5s) and an interception, while Stephon Smith, Marlen Fenstermacher and Thomas Downs all had five stops.
Moravian Last Week: The Moravian College football team rallied from a 14-6 deficit in the second quarter behind freshman quarterback Christopher Mills to post a 31-14 victory over Juniata College in Centennial Conference action for Homecoming on Rocco Calvo Field Saturday. Full recap.
Mills, who moved to 3-0 as the Greyhounds' starting quarterback, completed 22-of-29 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, and he added 17 yards on nine carries as the Blue and Grey racked up 432 yards on 71 plays while controlling the clock for 34:26. Sophomore wide receiver Nick Petros had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game with eight catches for 170 yards.
Dallas Owen led the Greyhounds' defense with 11 tackles while Nick Tone had eight tackles with three and a half for loss. Brady Hornbaker had seven tackles while sophomore defensive back Jalen Richardson had four tackles with a pair of pass break-ups. Freshman defensive lineman Tijir Bleam added Moravian's other sack among his two tackles.