Diplomats Host McDaniel - Week 3 Game Notes

Diplomats Host McDaniel - Week 3 Game Notes

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Game 3
Franklin & Marshall vs. McDaniel
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.

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Series Record: F&M 34-16-2
In Lancaster: F&M 18-8-2
Streak: F&M +15
First Meeting: Oct. 1, 1904 (McDaniel 12-0)
Last F&M Victory: 21-14, Sept. 15, 2018 - Westminster, Md.
Last McDaniel Victory: 21-7, November 1, 2003 – Westminster, Md.

Series History

One of F&M's oldest rivals returns to Lancaster for a Centennial Conference tilt, looking for their first victory in over 15 years against the Diplomats. McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) first met the Diplomats in 1904, winning the initial contest 12-0. The next two battles in the 1900's were similar barnburners, with F&M taking 12-6 and 6-0 victories.

The rivalry rekindled in 1981, as the Diplomats and Green Terror found themselves as conference rivals in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The modern series has largely been dominated by long stretches of victories by F&M, sandwiching a stretch by then nationally-ranked Western Maryland in the '90s and early '00s. Between 1982 and 1996, the Diplomats took 12 of 15 games from Western Maryland, outscoring the Green Terror by over 200 points during that stretch. A change in fortune led to Green Terror dominance over the next seven years, taking every meeting against the Diplomats.

Since 2004, F&M has taken all 15 meetings, including a 43-41 victory at home in 2017 that ranks amongst the highest-scoring games in school history.

The Last Meeting

F&M shut out the Green Terror offense in the second half, as a 1-yard score from Joe Hartley-Vittoria early in the 4th quarter was enough to escape from Westminster with a 21-14 victory.

Tanner Erisman completed 14-of-25 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown. Timothy Walter was the leading receiver with six grabs for 92 yards and K.J. Pretty ended with 32 yards on four grabs.

Joe Hartley-Vittoria had a game and career-high 112 yards on 26 rushes with one score and Keshon Farmer ended with 58 yards on 10 carries with a score.

Joe Granahan led the defense with nine tackles (5 solo), including 3.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Marlen Fenstermacher had five stops (3s) and Bobby McDevitt along with Frank McGlinchey both ended five tackles, with two going for a loss each. McGlinchey also recorded a sack as did Brendan Kilkenny and Kevin Gault was in on half-a-sack.

F&M's Last Game

F&M scored early and often en route to a 54-0 victory over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon.

Full recap here.

F&M outgained Juniata 512-104 yards of total offense, holding the Eagles to just 85 yards through the air and 19 on the ground.

Garrett Perschy completed 12-of-16 passes for 184 yards and added 50 yards on the ground with two scores. Tim Walter caught six passes for 107 yards and a score, while Eric Harris picked up 59 rushing yards with a score and Keshon Farmer ended with 47 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Dante Wilson racked up 48 yards on the ground, while Joe Hartley-Vittoria and Mark Himmelsbach both had a touchdown.

Seb Silva-Muniz led the defense with four stops, including half a sack. Peter Orio was in on a sack and both Jackson Hale, Charlie Coslett, and Marcellus Reid ended the day with a sack. Nick Leone had two pass breakups and three stops as well.

Jack Rodenberger averaged 60.4 yards on seven kickoffs, with four going in as touchbacks and connected on a 26-yard field goal with five extra points.

Scouting the Green Terror

McDaniel also has a perfect 2-0 start to its season, courtesy of victories against Misericordia (24-14) and Moravian (13-10).

The Green Terror put up the final 10 points of the game against Moravian, including a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. McDaniel's defense did most of the heavy lifting, picking off the Greyhounds four times, forcing three fumbles, and finishing with three sacks.

Ball security will be key in the upcoming matchup, as the Green Terror rank tops in the Centennial Conference in takeaways (9), interceptions (6), and turnover margin (4.5 per game).

Senior Nah'shon Godfrey was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for the week of September 13-14. Godfrey had nine tackles, two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup in the victory over Moravian.

Putting the Special In Special Teams

Franklin & Marshall first-year kicker Jack Rodenberger was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Special Teams Player of the Week, announced on Sunday. The honor is the first for both Rodenberger and a member of the F&M football team this season.

Rodenberger averaged 60.4 yards on seven kickoffs, with four going in as touchbacks and connected on a 26-yard field goal with five extra points.

Hitting The Ground Running

A week after adding new entries into the F&M record book against Lebanon Valley, the Diplomats continued to rewrite the records after their 283-yard effort against Juniata.

F&M's six trips to the endzone on the ground rank first in school history, beating out their five score effort the week prior. The 11 rushing touchdowns are the most over a two-game stretch in Diplomat history.

The Diplomats' 283 yards on 55 carries against Juniata ranks ninth in school history in both carries and net yards rushing. It's the most carries in a game since F&M put up 55 against Gettysburg in 2017, and the most rushing yards since they hung 289 yards on the road against Juniata in 2016.

The 512 combined yards (283 rush, 229 pass) ranks eighth, the best effort since putting up 525 yards (303 rush, 222 pass) against Moravian back in 2014.

Leading the Conference

After two weeks, F&M's offense is tops in the Centennial Conference in multiple categories, ranking the same efforts in the top 30 teams nationally. The Diplomats lead the conference in completion percentage (67.6% - 30th nationally), first downs (48 - 13th), rushing offense (260.5 ypg - 18th), sacks allowed (1 - 19th), and time of possession (36:24 - 11th).

The Diplomats' defense is no slouch, either. The defensive unit leads the conference in first downs allowed (23), scoring defense (10 ppg - 29th), passing efficiency defense (74.42 - 14th), passing yards allowed (117 ypg - 25th) and total defense (222.5 ypg - 27th).

Special teams have also been excellent, ranking first in punt return defense (0 yards - 16th) and second in kickoff return defense (16.5 ypa).


Junior wideout Kevin Lammers threw for his first career touchdown on Saturday afternoon thanks to some trickery at the end of the second half. He became the first non-QB Diplomat to toss for a touchdown in a decade - the last being running back John Kaschak against Gettysburg on November 14th, 2009. He's the first wide receiver to toss a touchdown since Jarrell Diggs threw two in the 2008 season.

Finding Paydirt

Keshon Farmer and Garrett Perschy both find themselves ranked amongst the top-scoring rushers in the nation. Farmer's fourth touchdown of the season against Juniata vaulted him to fourth in Division III, while Perschy's three rushing touchdowns place him 11th nationally.