Franklin & Marshall vs. Gettysburg
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 49-48-7
In Lancaster: F&M 39-28-4
Streak: F&M +3
First Meeting: Nov. 22, 1890 (F&M 68-0)
Last F&M Victory: 34-10, Nov. 10, 2018 - Gettysburg, Pa.
Last Gettysburg Victory: 21-7, Nov. 14, 2015 - Lancaster, Pa.
This matchup is about as even as it gets, dating back to the 1890's, with F&M holding a one-game edge over Gettysburg after 104 meetings. F&M has held a slightly larger edge since joining the same conference in 1976, holding a 24-17-1 advantage since the Bicentennial. The Diplomats won the last three meetings against the Bullets, including a 30-point blowout in 2017 and a 24-point victory in 2018.
The Lincoln Trophy
Since 1890, the teams have used one road to travel between each institution, the Lincoln Highway. In honor of the namesake of the highway, the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, and his importance to the town of Gettysburg, a special trophy, called the "Lincoln Football Trophy" is handed out to the winner of the Gettysburg-Franklin & Marshall football game. The Lincoln Trophy is a replica wooden stovepipe top hat that was created in 2014 and donated by a local craftsman, Bill Hewitt. The wood used is from the remains of two witness trees from the town of Gettysburg that President Lincoln would have passed during his visit following the battle in 1863.
The Last Meeting
F&M defeated Gettysburg 34-10 in the 2018 regular-season finale to retain the Lincoln Trophy. The Diplomats scored 20 unanswered points to seal the victory, including two touchdowns in the final six minutes.
Joe Granahan finished with six tackles and 1.5 sacks to bring his career sack total to 34.5, breaking the school and Centennial mark of 33.5, held by C.T. Marsh '12.
Tanner Erisman completed 13-of-23 passes for 233 yards and three scores. Joe Hartley-Vittoria racked up 90 yards on 22 rushes with a score and K.J. Pretty ended 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.
F&M's Last Game
Franklin & Marshall exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter to break a 16-16 tie and defeated Ursinus 44-16 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action last Saturday.
The Diplomats' defense loomed large in the victory, forcing seven Bears turnovers. F&M terrorized the Ursinus quarterbacks to the tune of six sacks and three interceptions. The Diplomat run defense stifled the conference-leading rushing attack to only three yards per carry - and outside of a 70-yard rush, held the Bears to only 31 yards rushing on 33 attempts.
Scouting the Bullets
Gettysburg enters the game on a three-game skid, losing to Johns Hopkins, No. 20 Susquehanna, and No. 5 Muhlenberg by a combined 140 points. Unfortunately, the rest of the season has looked similar for the 1-8 Bullets, with their lone victory coming in a 31-28 victory on October 19th at Juniata.
The Bullets' offense runs almost exclusively through first-year quarterback Logan Edmond, who has rushed for 582 yards on 126 attempts this season. He also throws the ball, completing 75 of 181 attempts for 984 yards, five touchdowns, and 10 picks. Mike Welsh carries the rock as Gettysburg's primary running back option, running for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense is led by inside linebacking tandem Alex Stillman and Matt Lynch, who have combined for 136 tackles, four interceptions, and three sacks. Justin Lessel leads the secondary with 54 tackles and four picks. The defensive front is anchored by sophomore DT Alex Raimond, who has racked up 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Players of the Week
The Diplomats had two players named Centennial Conference Football Players of the Week after their performances against Ursinus last weekend. Kevin Gault was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Kevin Lammers was named Special Teams Players of the Week.
Kevin Gault led the way for the Diplomat defense in their dominating performance against Ursinus. Gault totaled seven tackles (4 solo), including 3.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The senior defensive lineman has stuffed the stat sheet in his final season, racking up 32 tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.
Lammers had one kick return for 68 yards which set up F&M's first points of the game against the Bears. The senior wideout now has the highest average yards per kickoff return in a season in Diplomat history, averaging 28.33 yards per return this year.
This seems to be a weekly entry, but with the rate that Keshon Farmer keeps finding paydirt, it's no wonder. After notching a trio of touchdowns on the ground last week against Ursinus, his season total of 11 falls just one shy of the school record for a season. Last week's effort was the third time Farmer has hit the three touchdown mark in a game, tying him with Taalib Gerald for the most in school history.
Farmer now sits in a tie for third place all-time in Diplomat history with 21 rushing touchdowns, matching John Kaschak (2008-11) and Ted D'Amico (1973-75). His 5.2 career yards per rush ranks seventh in program history.
Let's Go Bowling
Franklin & Marshall's victory over Ursinus helped solidify its case for a spot in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series, but the Diplomats will still need assistance to clinch.
With No. 5 Muhlenberg (8-0 CC) and No. 19 Susquehanna (7-1 CC) continuing their winning ways, it remains likely that both teams will receive invites to the NCAA DIII Football Championship. This leaves Johns Hopkins (5-3 CC), Dickinson (4-4 CC), Franklin & Marshall (4-4 CC), and Moravian (4-4 CC) competing for three spots in the Bowl Series.
With F&M's losses to both Moravian and Dickinson, the Diplomats need a victory AND likely need one of the two teams to lose in the final weekend of competition. Moravian ultimately faces the toughest task at Muhlenberg, while Dickinson faces Ursinus at home.