Lycoming (5-5) at Franklin & Marshall (7-3)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 | Shadek Stadium | 12:00 p.m.
Series Record: LC leads 2-0
First Meeting: Oct. 20, 1966 (LC 17-0)
Last F&M Win: Never
Last LC Win: 12-0, Oct. 28, 1967
Streak: LC +2
Franklin & Marshall and Lycoming have met just two times. The meetings came in 1966 and 1967, and the Warriors came away with shutouts in both meetings, 17-0, and 12-0. The teams are familiar with each other as F&M and Lycoming have scrimmaged in the preseason the previous seven years.
Multiple seniors enter their final game ranked in the top-3 in a handful of career records.
Tanner Erisman is first in both pass efficiency (148.9) and yards per pass (7.9) while ranking second with 57 passing touchdowns and 74 touchdowns responsible for. K.J. Pretty is second with 28 receiving touchdowns, and Joe Granahan became the all-time sack leader last week with 34.5 career sacks.
F&M is first in the conference and 10th nationwide with 14 fumble recoveries and fifth in the country in time of possession at 35:33. Stevie Gerovasilis is 11th nationally with three blocked kicks, and Kevin Lammers leads the CC with 11.6 yards per punt return, while K.J. Pretty is first with 11 receiving touchdowns.
F&M in the Bowl
F&M's third-straight appearance in Centennial-MAC Bowl Series is the most by any school in either conference. F&M is 1-1 in those two games, falling to Albright in the first year, before defeating Widener last season.
The Centennial Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) announced on Nov. 5, 2015, their partnership to hold two postseason football games between member institutions known as the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. In the spring of 2018, the two conferences voted and approved an additional bowl game to increase the series to three games beginning in the fall of 2018. The Centennial-MAC Bowl Series will now be the top three teams from each conference that are not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship.
The format of the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series has changed with the additional game. The top seeds, second seeds, and third seeds will face each other unless the teams have already played that season. In that case, commissioners from each conference will determine new pairings. The Centennial Conference will host the top-seed and third-seed games, and the MAC will host the second-seed game in even years, and vice versa in odd years.
This season (2018), the bowl games are scheduled for Saturday, November 17. The Centennial Conference (teams) will host the No. 1 seed and No. 3 seed games, while the MAC (team) will host the No. 2 seed game this year.
Ticket prices for both Centennial-MAC Bowl Series games will be $5 for adults, $2 for students (elementary through college) and free for Special Olympics athletes and children under six.
The two conferences will support the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) partnership with Special Olympics by donating 25 percent of ticket revenue generated during the Bowl Series to the organization.
Seven members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned spots on the All-Centennial Football Team. Five earned first team honors, one landed on the second team, and one received honorable mention. The Diplomats now have 139 first team all-time selections, which is third in the conference.
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Two first-team honors came on offense with K.J. Pretty and Brian Denoncour earning spots. Two more came on defense as Joe Granahan and Sebastian Silva-Muniz were honored and Kevin Lammers was honored as a first team specialist. Brendan Kilkenny was a second-team selection, and Phillip Weiser received honorable mention.
K.J. Pretty was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Offensive Player of the Week for football announced on Sunday. The honor was the first for Pretty this season and the third for a member of the F&M football team.
Pretty caught six passes for 146 yards and tallied three touchdowns in the Diplomats' 34-10 win at Gettysburg. His scoring catches covered 71, four and 35 yards.
F&M Last Week
Franklin & Marshall defeated Gettysburg 34-10 in the regular-season finale to retain the Lincoln Trophy. The Diplomats improved to 7-3, 6-3 CC, while the Bullets fell to 1-9, 1-8 CC.
F&M outgained Gettysburg 332-147, holding the Bullets to under 100 yards in both passing (81) and rushing (61).
Tanner Erisman completed 13-of-23 passes for 233 yards and three passes. Joe Hartley-Vittoria racked up 90 yards on 22 rushes with a score and K.J. Prettyended with 146 yards on six grabs and three touchdowns.
Bobby McDevitt led the defense with eight stops, including three for a loss and half a sack, Marlen Fenstermacher had seven tackles, and Brendan Kilkenny had six tackles including a sack. Thomas Hourican and Justin Brown both had a sack for the Diplomats.
Lycoming Last Week
A gutsy second-half performance by the Lycoming College football team's defense, which never let Misericordia University inside the 19-yard line, helped the Warriors to a 21-14 MAC win in the regular-season finale.
Elijah Shemory finished 11-of-22 for 148 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times. Brock Zollicoffer caught four passes for 43 yards and a score. Junior Jacob Fimbres led Lycoming's running game with 13 rushes for 39 yards, and Joseph had eight carries for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Dominic Loffredo led the Warriors with 11 tackles, one for loss. Joe Pinzka had seven tackles and an interception, senior D.J. Boyd had six tackles, and a breakup and an interception Smith and Stankiewicz had five stops.