Franklin & Marshall vs. Dickinson
Homecoming & Family Weekend
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 65-42-3
In Lancaster: F&M 34-19-2
Streak: F&M +3
First Meeting: Oct. 30, 1889 (Dickinson 10-0)
Last F&M Victory: 35-14, Oct. 20, 2018 - Carlisle, Pa.
Last Dickinson Victory: 13-7, Oct. 3, 2015 - Lancaster, Pa.
Franklin & Marshall faces Dickinson for the 111th time, the longest-running rivalry in school history. The two sides have met every year since 1947, a streak of 73 years. The first meeting came in the Diplomats' inaugural season competing at the collegiate level in 1889. F&M largely dominated the series from 1910 through 1987, dropping only 12 meetings in the eight-decade span. The Red Devils took control in 1988, winning 19 of the next 22 meetings. The Diplomats have had the upper hand as of late, winning the Conestoga Wagon in six of the last nine, including the last three meetings.
The Conestoga Wagon
Since 1963, the F&M Diplomats and Dickinson Red Devils have competed for a model of the wagon that transported both teams to play each other in the two 1889 meetings. A gift of F&M Athletic Director J. Shober Barr and Dickinson A.D. Dave Eavenson, the trophy is meant to symbolize the friendly gridiron rivalry between the two institutions. F&M holds a 31-25 advantage since the inception of the trophy game, including an 18-year victory streak from 1970 until 1987.
The Last Meeting
F&M scored early and often en route to a 35-14 victory over Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on October 20, 2018 in Carlisle. The Diplomats rattled off 35 unanswered points to coast to an easy victory over the Red Devils, putting up points in four of their first six drives.
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.
Seb Silva-Muniz led the defense with nine tackles (6 solo), Bobby McDevitt ended with eight stops (5s) and an interception, while Stephon Smith, Marlen Fenstermacher and Thomas Downs all had five stops.
F&M upset No. 16 Johns Hopkins 20-17 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday.
The Diplomats took the early lead on the back of Keshon Farmer, who hit paydirt twice in the first quarter to give F&M an early 12-7 lead. The offense didn't score again until the fourth quarter, but it ended up being the game-winner, a 68-yard Joe Hartley-Vittoria rumble.
F&M stuffed Johns Hopkins on two separate goal-line stands from the one-yard line and intercepted the Blue Jays twice to grab the win. The victory was F&M's first against Johns Hopkins in six seasons, and the first loss the Blue Jays have suffered in the month of October since 2010.
Garrett Perschy finished 17-23 for 207 yards.
Thomas Downs led the defensive effort with eight stops (six solo), while Luke Strauss (4s, 1a), Peyton Snopek (3s, 2a), and Marlen Fenstermacher (2s, 3a) finished with five tackles. Seb Silva-Muniz added five tackles (4s, 1a), a sack, and his first interception of the season. Kevin Gault had four tackles (3s, 1a) and an interception. Dominic Bertone also had four stops (3s, 1a), with a sack included in his two tackles for loss.
Scouting the Red Devils
This Dickinson squad is flying high off of a 34-0 shutout victory over McDaniel to improve to 3-3 (2-3 CC) on the season. The Red Devils have been a tough opponent on the road, snagging victories at Washington and Lee and Gettysburg, while coming up a touchdown short against No. 22 Susquehanna.
Dickinson sits squarely in the middle of the Centennial Conference pack in most statistical categories, including total defense (4th), scoring defense (4th), total offense (5th), scoring offense (6th), and winning percentage (5th).
The Red Devil offense is often dependent on the big play, as shown by their 16.45 yards per pass completion which ranks 13th in the nation. Junior QB Tim Graham is boom or bust at the helm, completing only 50.4 percent of his passes (and 47.8 percent in conference play), but ranks third in the entire country in passing yards per completion (17.42). Wide receiver's Daniel Salamone and Christopher Longo have emerged as threats in the passing attack, averaging 17.5 and 18.3 yards per catch, respectively. The running back tandem of Phillip Butler and Jeremy Walsh have combined for 10 touchdowns.
The defense is led by LB Brian Snow, who ranks first in the Centennial with 10.5 tackles per game - good enough for 32nd in the nation. Reigning Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, Jordan Hollander, has stood out on defense and special teams this season, notching 35 tackles and three interceptions, while averaging 38.7 yards per punt and returning punts to the tune of 11.1 yards per return.
Senior LB Seb Silva-Muniz had himself a game last week in the upset victory over No. 16 Johns Hopkins, coming up with two goal-line stops against the Blue Jays, snagging an interception at the three, and setting up the game-clinching interception with a sack on the play prior. The 2018 All-CC First Team selection currently leads the Diplomats linebacking corp with tackles for loss, interceptions, and sacks.
Running Over The Competition
Farmer followed up his 10-touchdown performance in 2018 with seven trips to the endzone this season. His 17 touchdowns ranks tied for eighth in program history, just one shy of sitting in a four-way tie for fifth. The sophomore rusher's 5.37 average yards per carry ranks sixth in the F&M record book - the best since E.J. Schneider averaged 6.04 ypc from 2010-2013.
Harley-Vittoria continued his touchdown scoring streak, with his game-winning 68 yard scamper marking the fifth time in six games he's found paydirt this season, and the ninth time in 10 games dating to last season. The junior RB has only been held out of the endzone four times in the past 16 games. His 4.99 yards per rush currently ranks 15th in program history.
The Diplomat rushing attack as a whole has made entries into the F&M record book, ranking eighth in yards per rush (4.25) and 15th in rushing touchdowns (18).