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FOOTBALL RANKS IN EIGHT CATEGORIES

Through games of Sept. 28, the Muhlenberg football team ranked among the Division III leaders in eight categories:

Chris Reed, tied for second in field goals (2.00 per game)
Matt Bernardo, fifth in kickoff returns (36.8 yards per return)
Team, fifth in scoring (47.5 points per game)
Team, seventh in turnover margin (plus-2.75 per game)
Bernardo, tied for 14th in scoring (12.0 points per game)
Bernardo, 23rd in all-purpose yards (175.0 per game)
Nick Otranto, tied for 26th in sacks (1.3 per game)
Otranto, tied for 39th in forced fumbles (0.50 per game)

Nick Otranto
Otranto
CC CHAMPIONSHIP POTENTIALLY ON THE LINE IN SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL GAME

The Muhlenberg football team, ranked 28th in Division III, travels to 26th-ranked McDaniel for a game that figures to go a long way in determining the Centennial Conference chamionship.

Who: Muhlenberg (4-0, 2-0) at McDaniel (3-1, 2-0)
What: A showdown between the defending CC co-champions
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Scott S. Bair Stadium
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here.

Series History: McDaniel (formerly known as Western Maryland) has won seven of the last eight meetings (the other game was a tie) to take a 16-13-3 series lead. Muhlenberg’s last series win was by a 29-27 score in 1993. The Mules haven’t won in Westminster since 1988 and managed only three points each of the last two times they played there.

Scouting the Green Terror: A change in name hasn’t meant a change in success for the five-time defending CC champion. McDaniel is off to a 3-1 start, its only loss coming by three points to Bridgewater, the second-ranked team in Division III. The Green Terror leads the CC in scoring defense (19.5 points per game), total defense (268.0 yards per game) and pass defense (159.8 yards per game) and hasn’t allowed a first-quarter point all season. On the other side of the ball, the Terror is first in total offense (426.0 yards per game). Senior quarterback John Luster, who rallied McDaniel to an overtime win against the Mules last year, leads the CC in pass efficiency and has thrown just one interception in 95 attempts. Senior running back Jemel Johnson has 359 yards and is one of four Green Terror backs averaging more than five yards per carry.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is 4-0 for the first time since 1983 after a decisive 68-22 win against Franklin & Marshall last week. The Mules lead the CC in scoring offense (47.5 points per game), passing offense (205.2 yards per game), turnover margin (plus-11), kickoff returns (28.5 yards per return), punt returns (11.9 yards per return), net punting (34.9 yards per punt) and sacks (14), and they have scored at least one touchdown on special teams in every game this season. Junior running back Matt Bernardo is the program’s all-time touchdowns leader, with 43, and needs four points to become the leading scorer. Senior quarterback Justin Jones has five touchdowns and only one interception the last two weeks. Senior linebacker Beau Sherry has already tied a school record with four fumble recoveries this season.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated October 3, 2002