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Thursday, September 26, 2002
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MEN’S GOLF CANCELLED: The men’s golf match scheduled for today at Moravian was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Thanasis Petrakis

The Muhlenberg football team hosts Centennial Conference rival Franklin & Marshall Saturday in its annual Homecoming game. This will be the 1,000th game in F&M football history.

Who: Franklin & Marshall (3-0) at Muhlenberg (3-0)
What: A showdown between the top offense (Muhlenberg, scoring 40.7 points per game) and the top defense (F&M, allowing 7.3 points per game) in the CC
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Mike Loughlin will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here.

Series History: Franklin & Marshall leads the all-time series, 47-37-1, and it’s been either a nailbiter or a blowout the last 12 times the teams have met. Seven of thosee games were decided by four points or fewer; the other five by 28 points or more. Muhlenberg has won the last three meetings, scoring at least 42 points all three times.

Scouting the Diplomats: Franklin & Marshall improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1989 by coming from behind to defeat Ursinus, 34-10, last week. The win ended a 13-game Centennial Conference losing streak in which the Diplomats were outscored, 462-104. Senior free safety Bill Stone was named CC defensive player of the week after picking off a pass and tying for the team lead with 14 tackles. Senior defensive end Chris Gallino also recorded 14 stops, and with three tackles for loss increased his career total to 42, just 7½ short of the CC record. Senior receiver Justin Salton leads the CC with 23 receptions. Senior quarterback Dave Makson ranks 21st in CC history with 210 career completions. F&M is first in the CC in scoring defense but is last in total offense.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is 3-0 for the third time in four seasons after eking out a 28-21 win at Dickinson last week. The Mules opened up a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, only to have the Red Devils come back to tie the score. The winning touchdown was scored when senior Justin Jones hit junior Kodi Shay with a 44-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 9:19 to play. Jones, the CC offensive player of the week, passed for a season-high 259 yards and ran for a touchdown, while Shay caught five passes for a career-high 123 yards. For the second straight week, junior free safety Thanasis Petrakis (left) helped seal the win with a late turnover, intercepting a pass with 1:23 left. Junior running back Matt Bernardo needs one touchdown to tie the school record of 41 in a career. Muhlenberg, which hasn’t been 4-0 since 1983, leads the CC in both passing offense and passing defense and is tied with F&M for the lead in turnover margin.

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Last updated September 26, 2002