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Justin Jones

The Muhlenberg football team opens defense of its 2001 Centennial Conference co-championship on Saturday. In the 19-year history of the CC, no team has lost its opener and gone on to win the title.

Who: Muhlenberg (2-0) at Dickinson (0-2)
What: The CC opener for both teams
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Mike Loughlin will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here. The game also will be broadcast by WDCV, 88.3 FM in Carlisle. To listen to their broadcast, click here.

Series History: Muhlenberg leads the series, 32-23-2, dating back to 1923. Dickinson won 11 straight, from 1988 to 1998, including six straight shutouts, but the Mules have averaged 39.3 points in winning the last three games.

Scouting the Red Devils: A week after playing pass-happy Cal Lutheran, the Mules face a Dickinson squad that ran the ball on 105 of 129 offensive plays the first two weeks of the season. The Red Devils are the only 0-2 team in the CC and were outscored 53-12 in the two games. Dickinson’s leading rusher is Antonio Tiberi, who has 155 yards on 41 carries. Quarterback Issac Custer has gone 5-for-17 for 117 yards. He is also the only Red Devil to have scored a touchdown in 2002. Tight end Scott Blum, a converted lineman, leads Dickinson with four catches for 91 yards. Punter Cody Peer averaged 38.9 yards on 10 punts in a 27-3 loss to Hobart last week.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is 2-0 for the third time in four years and has scored at least 40 points in each of its first two games for the first time ever. The Mules lead the CC in scoring offense, turnover margin, net punting, punt returns, kickoff returns and kickoff coverage. Junior running back Matt Bernardo is closing in on two milestones: He needs 73 yards to become the third player in team history to rush for 2,000 in a career, and he needs two touchdowns to tie the school record of 41. Senior quarterback Justin Jones (left) is third in the CC in pass efficiency and total offense. Senior Chris Reed is perfect on 16 kicks this year and leads the CC in scoring with 28 points. Junior rover Dan Miller is the only CC player with two interceptions.

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Last updated September 19, 2002