THIS WEEK'S GAME: This week's game marks the 88th meeting between Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg in football as the Diplomats hold a 47-40-1 advantage in the series. Historically, Muhlenberg has won five straight over Franklin & Marshall by a combined score of 241-58. The last time that the Mules were victorious in that many consecutive decisions over the Diplomats was from 1911 to 1928 as Muhlenberg captured nine straight.
LAST MEETING - MUHLENBERG 41, F&M 20: Muhlenberg College tailbacks Matt Bernardo and Mike Mrkobrad both ran for over 100-yards as the Mules defeated Franklin & Marshall College 41-20 in Centennial Conference football action at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. In the first half, Bernardo carried 17 times for 109 yards and a touchdown to tie former Gettysburg College tailback Paul Smith '02 for the Centennial Conference touchdown record. Bernardo, who bettered his own CC record for rushing touchdowns with a four yard scamper with 8:45 left in the second quarter to give the Mules' a 14-7 lead. Following Bernardo's departure from the game with a shoulder injury at halftime, Mrkobrad picked up the slack rushing 20 times for 101 yards and a two-yard touchdown run with 14:09 left in the fourth quarter for the 41-20 final. Overall, Muhlenberg dominated the Diplomats on offense running up 444 yards of total offense to F&M's 288. At quarterback, Nick Rosetti completed 14-of-28 passes for 225 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Kodi Shay (25 yards, two yards) while rushing two yards for the first score of the game to put the Mules ahead 7-0 at 5:31 in the first quarter. The Diplomats tied the score on their first possession of the second half following an interception by free safety Justin Koch (Sr., Sckuylkill Haven, PA/Sckuylkill Haven) at the F&M 20 yard line which he returned to the Muhlenberg 43. A 15 yard personal foul penalty for a late hit moved the ball to the Muhlenberg 22 to set up a 22 yard, four play scoring drive by quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Sckuylkill Valley). Facing fourth-and-14 at the Muhlenberg 26, Harner connected with All-America receiver Justin Salton '03 in the end zone to tie the score at 7-7. However, the Mules answered four plays later for a 14-7 lead. Following a kickoff return to the Muhlenberg 41 by Brent Clabaugh, Roseti hit Shay for a 36-yard reception to the F&M 23. Bernardo rushed for three yards and Rosetti sprinted 16 yards to the F&M four-yard line before Bernardo burst through the line for his record tying score with 83A45 left in the first half. The lead grew to 20-7 n the Diplomats next possession as punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) shagged a 29 yard punt to the F&M 43 which Shay returned to the Diplomats' end zone. Brian Hendershot's extra point attempt bounced off the right goal post to keep the lead at 13. The Diplomats responded on their next play as Harner connected with wideout Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) on a 57-yard touchdown pass play to move within six. Following an eight play drive by Muhlenberg and a three and out by the Diplomats, the Mules pushed the lead back to 13 as Rosetti connected with Shay with for a 25-yard TD with 1:04 left in the first half for a 27-14 lead. In the second half, F&M moved to within seven as tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) broke the goal-line on a five yard rush for a 27-20 deficit as Eggertsson's extra point was blocked.Two drives later, the Mules pushed the lead to 14 as Rosetti connected with Shay for a two-yard touchdown pass play to cap a three play, 19 yard drive following an interception of F&M backup quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) at the F&M 40 on the Diplomats' first play from scrimmage after forcing the Mules' to unsuccessfully attempt a 42-yard field goal by Hendershot. The Mules tacked on a four-yard scamper by Mrkobrad in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. For the Diplomats, Harner completed five-of-fifteen passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, while Hiltner connected on seven-of-sixteen passes for 161 yards and one interception in the second half. The key to the game for Muhlenberg was defense as the Mules sacked Harner (2) and Hiltner (5) seven times. Overall, Ryan Peer led Muhlenberg with 10 tackles (4-6-10) with four tackles for loss of 15 yards and half a sack for loss of eight yards. For Franklin & Marshall, linebacker Andy Rehring '04 finished with six tackles-for-loss of 22 yards to shatter the Franklin & Marshall College previous single game record of five TFLs set by former defensive end Chris Gallino '02 (five for 31 yards) during a 2000 game versus McDaniel College. Statistically, the game marked the closest contest between Muhlenberg and F&M since a 31-28 Franklin & Marshall victory in 1998 as the Mules defeated the Diplomats by a combined score of 200-38 over the last four meetings, including a 68-22 rout at Muhlenberg last year.
LAST WEEK'S GAME - MUHLENBERG 27, GROVE CITY 3: Senior linebacker Dan Walker led a tough defensive effort with three sacks and senior running back Jason Spencer rushed for a career-high 153 yards as the Muhlenberg football team defeated Grove City, 27-3 and improved to 3-0 for the fourth time in six years. With a ground attack that netted 249 yards, quarterback Nick Rosetti completed only eight passes with three for touchdowns. Sophomore fullback Keith Shalvoy scored the first two touchdowns of his career. The Muhlenberg defense held Grove City, which came in averaging 191.0 yards on the ground, to 27 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Through three games, the Mules have allowed only 119 yards on 100 runs. The Wolverines managed only 109 total yards and eight first downs, and their only points came after a fumbled punt. Muhlenberg struck first in a sloppy first quarter, putting together a 13-play, 74-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard plunge by Shalvoy with just 21 ticks on the clock. Spencer, starting his first game as the Mules' featured back, rushed for 40 of his yards on the drive. Muhlenberg was driving for a touchdown late in the half when Rosetti was picked off at the three-yard line. Two plays later, however, junior rover Phil Gasker intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards to the Wolverine 20. That set up Muhlenberg's second touchdown, scored when Spencer took Rosetti's screen pass 10 yards into the end zone. Muhlenberg held Grove City to three plays on each of its first four second-half possessions, adding on two touchdowns to pull away. The first came on a 22-yard pass from Rosetti to junior Chris Poehls, who made his first career catch on the play, and the second on a 7-yard toss to Shalvoy. Walker finished with 11 total tackles, including five for loss, and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but the play was nullified by an offsides penalty. Junior linebacker Mark Bennett added 10 tackles and a half-sack, while junior James Crowley and freshman Ryan Merrill each recorded his first career interception. Junior defensive end Tom Wargacki recovered a fumble for the third game in a row.
LAST WEEK'S GAME - CARNEGIE MELLON 31, F&M 14: Carnegie Mellon quarterback Jarrod Highberger completed nine-of-12 passing attempts for 251 yards including scoring strikes of 83, 26 and 31 yards as the Tartans handed Franklin & Marshall College its first loss of the season 31-14 in non-conference Division III football action. Overall, the Tartans balanced offense of 221 rushing yards and 251 passing yards was too much for the Diplomats as Carnegie Mellon rolled up 472 yards of total offense, including 106 yards on the ground by tailback Travis Sivek. For the Diplomats, starting quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) completed eight-of-13 passing attempts for 107 yards, including a 20 yard pass to Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) with 9:14 left in the first quarter to cap a six play, 55 yard drive for a 7-0 lead. The Tartans answered with 4:20 left in the first quarter as Sivek scampered four yards for a touchdown to close out an 11 play, 60 yard drive. Carnegie Mellon took the lead for good with 11:10 left in the second quarter as Highberger hit Matt Dalka on the first play from scrimmage at the Carnegie Mellon 17 yard line for an 83 yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Franklin & Marshall attempted to knot the score at 14-14 prior to halftime as backup quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) entered the game and led the Diplomats from their own 20 yard line down to the Carnegie Mellon 15 for a first down with nearly two minutes left on the clock. However, three straight incomplete passes brought up fourth down and out the field goal unit as a pass attempt to Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) by holder Kyle Turner (Fr., Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) on a fake field goal was intercepted by Jarrod Mock in the endzone with 10 seconds left in the half. In the second half, the Tartans increased the lead to 17-7 as Neil Stegall hit a 27 yard field goal for CMU to close out a seven play, 26 yard drive following a 37 yard punt by F&M kicker Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) which Mock returned 44 yards to the F&M 35. The Tartans repeated the feat on their next possession as Eggertsson punted 52 yards to the CMU 33, but Adam Lovrovich returned the kick 14 yards to the Carnegie Mellon 47. Highberger then went to work as he engineered a seven play, 53 yard drive capped by a 26 yard pass to Jon Cakert for a 24-7 lead with 6:24 left in the quarter. Franklin & Marshall's misfortune continued on their next possession as Hiltner drove the Diplomats from their own 22 to the Carnegie Mellon 31 before defensive tackle Mike Burnside picked off a pass at the CMU 35 to close out F&M's last scoring chance of the quarter. Starting at their own 31, the Tartans attempted to ice the game prior to the fourth quarter as Highberger led CMU to a second down and goal at the Franklin & Marshall goal-line with seconds left on the clock. On second down, Sivek attempted to break through the pile, but Mickey Rehring (Fr., Harrison, TN/State College) and TJ Scanlon (Jr., Avon, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) drove him back for no gain as the horn sounded to end the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Sivek attempted to leap over the pile as Paul Fields (Fr., Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) and Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) dropped the back for no gain. Facing fourth-and-goal, the Tartans attempted to have Sivek break the goal-line once again, but Scanlon and George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) dropped him at the line once again to give the ball back to F&M with 14:11 left on the game clock. However, the Diplomats could move the ball no further than their own 13 yard line as Eggertsson punted to the CMU 43 where Lovrovich returned the kick 26 yards to the F&M 31 to set the Tartans up in Diplomats' territory. Carnegie Mellon needed just one play to capitalize on the field position as Highberger hit Ryan Neupaver for a 31 yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead with 12:05 left to go in the game. Franklin & Marshall again attempted to close the gap as Hiltner drove the blue and white down to the Carnegie Mellon 10 yard line for a first down. Following back-to-back-to-back incomplete passes, Hiltner connected with EJ Leary (Jr., Seymour, CT/Seymour) for a 10-yard touchdown completion for the 31-14 final as the senior quarterback finished the day 11-of-28 for 165 yards with a touchdown and an interception. On defense, linebacker John Warnick (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel) led the Diplomats with 11 tackles, while linebacker Joe Locastro (Jr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) and defensive back Ryan Sychterz (Jr., Sinking Spring, PA/Holy Name) each added eight tackles. For CMU, Ryan Moloney, Nate Scarmazzi and Adam Wirth each tallied six tackles to lead the Tartans efforts as Carnegie Mellon held F&M to 399 yards of total offense, including 109 rushing yards.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: F&M's 31-14 loss at Carnegie Mellon wrapped up the team's out of conference games as the Diplomats recorded the first winning season against out of conference squads (3-1) since the 1996 team downed CMU (28-7), Randolph Macon (20-13) and Hobart (38-24) back when there were eight CC schools. This year, the Diplomats handled Bethany (35-7 W), Oberlin (41-21 W) and Hobart (35-14 W) to achieve the winning record.
LANCASTER 5-0: Franklin & Marshall saw their five game week win streak come to an end last week at Carnegie Mellon courtesy a 31-14 defeat. Entering last week the team had dropped Ursinus (37-17 W) and Gettysburg (14-13 W) to end the 2003 season and Bethany (35-7 W), Oberlin (41-21 W) and Hobart (35-14 W) the last three weeks. It marked the first five game win streak since the 1996 team knocked off Muhlenberg (53-0 W), Dickinson (14-12 W), Hobart (34-24 W), McDaniel (38-7 W), Swarthmore (35-7 W), Johns Hopkins (20-14 W) and Gettysburg (35-6 W) to end the regular season before falling 20-0 to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the ECAC South Region Championship game.
FOUR WINS?: F&M saw their three game win streak to open the season also end last week. The 2002 team was the last to open a year 3-0 with victories over Oberlin (13-6 W), Catholic (13-6 W) and Ursinus (34-10 W), but the streak came to a halt in the fourth game as the Diplomats dropped a 68-22 game at Muhlenberg in the 1,000th game in F&M football history.
RUSHING TOWARDS HISTORY: Historically, Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) is 278 yards away from joining Andy Surtz '97 (705 carries for 2,913 yards) as the only Franklin & Marshall players with 2,000 career rushing yards. For his career, he has rushed for 1,695 yards with 10 touchdowns, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns.
A DIPLOMATIC VENDETTA: For Franklin & Marshall, this game will mark the first meeting between the Diplomats and Mules in Allentown since a 68-22 loss on September 28, 2002. The game held special significance for the Diplomats as it marked the 1,000th game in program history making the Diplomats the only non-Division I team at that time to have played 1,000 games. In the game, Muhlenberg College tailback Matt Bernardo ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown and rushed 14 times for 117 net yards and touchdowns of 25 and 24-yards as the Mules rolled to the 46 point victory. Muhlenberg built an early lead and never look back as the Mules tallied 14 points in the first quarter and pounded home 30 points in the second for a 44-7 lead at halftime. Following an 11-play, 75-yard series that culminated in a pass from MC quarterback Justin Jones to wideout Alfredo Mercuri for a 7-0 lead at the 6:47 mark, the Mules would go up by 14 when Jones hit Kodi Shay for a 57-yard touchdown. F&M would climb back into the game on the next series, as quarterback Dave Makson '03 led the Diplomats down the field on an eight play, 80 yard drive in which he beat the Mules' pass defense for a 49-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Justin Salton '03 with 3:23 left in the first quarter. The Mules jumped back onto the board 2:35 into the second quarter as Bernardo scampered 25 yards for a 21-7 lead. Two drives later, Joe Getz intercepted a Makson pass attempt at the F&M 24 to set up a rush by Bernardo who found the endzone for a 28-7 lead. Following a kickoff to the F&M 1 that kick returner Jeff Giordano brought out the F&M 20, the Mules would regain the ball as tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) fumbled at the 20 on first-and-10. Muhlenberg needed just eight seconds to push the lead to 28 as Jones hit Rob Sherman for a 20-yard reception and touchdown for a 35-7 lead. F&M turned the ball over again on their next possession as punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) fumbled the ball on the F&M 14. However, the Diplomats' defense would hold Muhlenberg to a 27-yard field goal attempt by Chris Reed, which sailed wide left, to stay within 28 points and a comeback bid. Starting on their own 20, the Diplomats couldn't retain possession of the football, as Makson was sacked at the F&M 11 and fumbled the football which Tony Briscella scooped up and returned 11 yards for a 41-7 lead. Nick Rosetti's two-point conversion pass would fall short of its intended receiver to keep the Diplomats within 44. However, on first-and-10, Makson's pass attempt to Matt Wagaman '03 was picked off by Beau Sherry at the F&M 33 and returned to the goal line. Again the Diplomats' defense would hold as Bernardo was tackled by Pete Mohoric '03 and Matt Lintal '03 for loss of one yard and back-to-back Jones' completion attempts were incomplete. The Mules would add to the score, however, as Reed converted a 19-yard field goal for a 44-7 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Mules got right back on the scoreboard as Bernardo returned Eggertsson's opening kickoff 87 yards to the Diplomats' endzone for a 51-7 lead. On F&M's next possession, following a seven-yard sack of Makson to bring up 4th-and-12 at the F&M 18, Eggertsson's punt attempt would be blocked and roll into the endzone where Ben Phillips fell on the ball for a 58-7 lead. The Mules' tacked on a 49-yard field goal by Reed with 8:27 left in the third quarter to hold a 61-7 lead. F&M fired back as Makson engineered a 10 play, 65-yard drive before hitting Salton for an 11-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 61-14 at the end of the third quarter. Following a Justin Saverine punt to the F&M 48 yard line to open the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) led F&M 52 yards on nine plays before hitting wideout Jared Novack on a seven yard fade route for a touchdown and a 61-22 deficit. Muhlenberg tacked on the final score of the day with 2:06 left in the game as Rosetti connected with Toomey Anderson for a 13-yard touchdown. Muhlenberg quarterback Justin Jones finished the day with eight completions on 16 attempts for 151 yards and three touchdowns, while Makson connected on 14-of-28 attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The key to the game would be turnovers and sacks. Overall, F&M fumbled five times, losing three, and threw two interceptions as the Mules' took direct advantage for 30 points. For F&M, Salton was the offensive star of the game pulling in 12 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Andy Rehring '04 recorded a game high eight tackles, while Ben Phillips led the Mules with seven tackles.
F&M PICKED FOURTH BY CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE SIDS & COACHES: The Franklin & Marshall College football team was selected to finish fourth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season poll of the Conference's head football coaches and Sports Information Directors. The ranking marked a two-place improvement for F&M over the team's sixth place selection in 2003 and a three spot improvement over the team's projected finish of seventh in 2001 and 2002. Johns Hopkins, who shared the CC title the past two years, was the preseason favorite to win the honor outright in 2004. The Blue Jays were a unanimous choice, receiving all 12 (teams not permitted to vote for themselves) for 72 points in the annual preseason poll of coaches. Muhlenberg was the second pick with two first-place votes and 62 points. McDaniel was third with 49 points. Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg followed in fourth and fifth place with 33 and 32 points, respectively. Ursinus (25) and Dickinson (21) rounded out the poll.
F&M PICKED FIFTH IN CENTENNIAL CONFERERENCE BY D3FOOTBALL.COM: The Franklin & Marshall College football team was selected to finish fifth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season ranking by D3football.com. Johns Hopkins was the preseason favorite to win the honor the title in 2004 according to D3football.com as Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Ursinus, F&M, Gettysburg and Dickinson rounded out the rankings.
15th ANNIVERSARY OF 1989 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 15th anniversary of the 1989 football team which finished 10-1 (6-1 Centennial Conference) to tie the school record for most single season wins, get head coach Tom Gilburg his 100th career victory and capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title with a 31-18 victory at St. Johns behind the play of Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Year, Associated Press and Kodak All-America wide receiver and ECAC Most Valuable Player Dale Amos '90.
30th ANNIVERSARY OF 1974 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 30th anniversary of the undefeated 1974 football team. Under Coach Bob Curtis, the team rolled to a 9-0 record (8-0 MAC) with wins over Hamilton (14-9), Ursinus (45-6), Johns Hopkins (63-13), Swarthmore (70-0), Dickinson (54-13), Widener (26-22), Lebanon Valley (47-7), Moravian (40-28) and Muhlenberg (47-13) on their way to winning the MAC South Title. In addition, the team finished the year ranked first in the nation (Division I, II, III) in points per game averaging 45.1 points per contest. Further, the team set 33 individual and team single game, season and career records during the season highlighted by amassing 4.229 yards of total offense.
40th ANNIVERSARY OF 1964 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 40th anniversary of the undefeated 1964 football team. Behind the play of MAC MVP Seiki Murono '66 (who repeated as MAC MVP in 1965) and the coaching of George Storck, the team cruised to an 8-0 record (7-0 MAC) with wins over Johns Hopkins (21-6), Swarthmore (21-12), Dickinson (6-5), Carnegie Mellon (18-14), Haverford (14-6), Widener (19-17), Muhlenberg (29-22) and Ursinus (20-6).
90th ANNIVERSARY OF 1914 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 90th anniversary of the 1914 football team which played under head coach Charlie Mayser. Historically, the team finished 6-2-1 with wins over Penn (10-0), Lebanon Valley (3-0), Swarthmore (16-0), Dickinson (44-6), Haverford (14-0) and Gettysburg (7-6), a tie with Ursinus (6-6) and losses to Lehigh (12-0) and Cornell (26-3). The game against Penn marked the first major event in F&M football history as the F&M Weekly, Franklin & Marshall's student newspaper, reported on the game, "The bloody carnage now taking place in Europe could not be compared to the awful havoc by the wearers of the Blue and White upon the sons of Ol' Penn within the very walls of the City of Brotherly Love...it is the greatest football win in F&M's history." The win marks the only victory in the F&M-Penn rivalry for the Diplomats as the Quakers hold a 34-1 advantage in 35 meetings.
105th ANNIVERSARY OF 1899 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 105th anniversary of the largest margin of victory in Franklin & Marshall College football history as F&M crushed Temple University 96-0 in the second to last game of the 1899 season as the team finished 3-5-1. Believed to be the worst defeate in Temple University football history, the game occurred just 15 years after Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple in 1884 as "an informal adult-education outgrowth of his Baptist Temple ministry. Temple College was chartered in 1888 and was incorporated as Temple University in 1907. In 1965, Temple became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education" according to owlsports.com, the online home of Temple athletics.
115th ANNIVERSARY OF 1889 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 115th anniversary of the 1889 F&M football team which rolled to a 5-1-1 record in the first full season of intercollegiate competition for the school. Following an 0-2 mark in 1887 with a pair of losses to the York YMCA (9-0, 6-4), and an 1888 season in which excitement over the presidential election caused the season to be postponed, the 1889 team started F&M's intercollegiate history by winning 60-0 at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The team followed up the first win in program history with a tie (12-12) at home and win on the road (16-0) versus Bucknell, a 10-0 loss at Dickinson, and home wins over Swarthmore (22-4), Dickinson (22-0) and Fordham (56-0).
WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL: Placekicker/punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) was named to the September 26 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll for his performance against Carnegie Mellon. Against the Tartans, he averaged 43.2 yards per punt off five punts for 216 yards with a long punt of 52 yards and two punts inside the Carnegie Mellon 20-yard line. In addition, he hit two extra points as he is 17-for-17 on PATs this year and has a 24-for-24 PAT streak dating back to missing a PAT in overtime in a 20-14 win over Dickinson on October 25, 2003 in Lancaster. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.9 yard average (20 punts for 838 yards) and point after efficiency (17-for-17). Further, he ranks fifth in field goals (two), third in field goal percentage (two-for-three, 66.7 percent) and ninth in scoring with 5.8 points per game as Eggertsson has 23 points in four games as the Diplomats have opened the season 3-1 for the first time since 2002. The honor marked the second straight week Eggertsson was honored by the Conference Office as he was named the September 19 Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a 35-14 victory over Hobart College on September 18. Against the Statesmen, he averaged 49.2 yards per punt off four punts for 197 yards, including a 65-yarder, with two downed inside the 20-yard line. In addition, his only punt of the first half was partially blocked but went 47 yards to inside the 20-yard line and pinned the Statesmen deep in their own territory. For his career, Eggertsson has punted 113 times for 4,260 yards, an average of 37.70 yards per punt, as he moved ahead of Andy Gilburg '00 (37.2) and into second place in career punting average in the history of Franklin & Marshall College behind Jon Bushey '97 (38.4).
ON A ROLL: Wide receiver Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) and linebacker John Warnick (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel) were named to the September 26 Centennial Conference Football Honor Roll for their performances against Carnegie Mellon. An offensive honor roll recipient, Donofrio caught three passes for 63 yards, including a 20-yard aerial for a touchdown from quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) as he raised his season receiving totals to six receptions for 126 yards with two touchdowns. Warnick earned a spot on the defensive honor roll as he had 11 tackles, including four solo hits, versus the Tartans. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, he ranks among the leaders in tackles (fifth, 35) and tackles for loss (sixth, five for 21 yards) as he has raised his career totals to 41 tackles with eight tackles for loss of 26 yards.
HARNER HAS THE TOUCH: For his two-year career at the College, F&M quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) has completed 170-of-339 attempts for 2,072 yards and 14 touchdowns while running for 200 yards for 2,272 yards of net offense.
IN THE CONFERENCE: Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (first, 31.2 points), scoring defense (fifth, 18.2 points), pass offense (first, 279.8 yards), pass defense (fourth, 192.0 ypg), kickoff returns (fourth, 18.7 yards), punting (second, 33.9 yards), turnover margin (fourth, +1), rushing offense (fifth, 139.5 yards), rushing defense (fourth, 132.2 yards), total offense (first, 419.2 yards), total defense (fifth, 324.2 yards), punt returns (fourth, 7.5 yards), pass efficiency (second, 142.2 yards), pass defense efficiency (fourth, 117.9 yards), first downs (first, 86), opponent first downs (sixth, 66), sacks by (third, nine), penalty yards (fourth, 51.5 yards), opponent penalties (third, 63.0 yards), fourth down conversions (third, 64.3 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 23.1 percent), red zone defense (second, 66.7 percent), third down conversions (first, 39.1 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 33.9 percent), sacks against (third, six), field goal percentage (third, .667 percent), PAT kicking (first, 17-for-17) and time of possession (fourth, 30:20).
ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL: Punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) and quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) rank among the nation's best in the September 27 NCAA Division III football statistics. Eggertsson ranks fourth in the nation with a 41.9 yard average with 20 punts for 838 yards. Harner ranks 15th in passing efficiency (160.5) as he has completed 40 of 71 attempts for 692 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in four games. As a team, the Diplomats rank 19th in passing offense (279.8 ypg) as Franklin & Marshall has completed 74-of-139 attempts for 1,119 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
SOUTHERN LINE: Division I transfers Aubrey "Dev" Wakeley (Fr., Gardendale, AL/Gardendale) of Jacksonville State (AL) and Brian Rice (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel) of Southeast Louisiana State could strengthen F&M's offensive line. The first 300+ pound linemen for Franklin & Marshall since 400 lbs. Thor Mahan in 2000, the duo will anchor a line which will look to key the Diplomats' rushing attack as F&M gained 1,060 yards on 357 carries last season.
PUTTING FANS IN THE SEATS: Franklin & Marshall College finished the 2003 season ranked 98th in Division III home football attendance. F&M, which drew an average of 1,804 fans to its five home dates, experienced an average increase of 505 fans per game this year as the Diplomats drew 9, 020 people to Sponaugle-Williamson Field in 2003. Franklin & Marshall joined McDaniel and Gettysburg as the only Centennial Conference schools to experience an increase in attendance last year. Ranked 10th in the nation in average attendance (3,738), Muhlenberg drew 14,950 people for four home games, an average increase of 1,142 people per game. In addition, Gettysburg, ranked 52nd in average attendance (2,531) drew 12,656 people for five home games, an average increase of 768 over the 2002 season.