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Sophomore middle linebacker Mark Bennett was credited with three tackles in the Mules’ 41-20 win at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. But he wasn’t the only Mark Bennett member of his family to deliver the hits last week.

Bennett is a cousin of Mark DeRosa, the Atlanta infielder who hit a game-winning two-run double in the second game of the Braves’ National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

“I haven’t really seen him in a few years,” said Bennett of his cousin. “I see his mother at family events, like on the Fourth of July, but he can’t make it to those.”

Although he is a Yankees fan, Bennett admits that he takes pride in DeRosa’s accomplishments and was cheering the game-winning double.

He can also take pride in the improved play of the Muhlenberg defense, which allowed only one yard rushing to the Diplomats. The Mules, who were burned for 279 yards on the ground in the opener against Kings Point, gave up just 70 to McDaniel last week. In the last two games, Muhlenberg opponents have carried 77 times for 80 yards.

The defense kept F&M off the scoreboard for the final quarter and a half. “We just made a couple of mental mistakes and gave up some long passes,” said Bennett, who is fourth on the team with 20 tackles. “But we fixed a few things and they didn’t get anything after that.”

Shay Named Player of the Week

Senior wide receiver Kodi Shay of the Muhlenberg football team has been named offensive player of the week by the Centennial Conference.

Shay was honored after amassing 208 all-purpose yards and scoring three touchdowns in the
Kodi Shay
With his 100 yards against F&M, Shay moved into 13th place on the Mules’ all-time list for receiving yardage (1,106).
Mules’ 41-20 victory at Franklin & Marshall. He caught four passes for 100 yards, including scoring tosses of 25 and 2 yards, in addition to returning a punt 43 yards for another touchdown.

It was the second straight 100-yard receiving game and 200-yard all-purpose game for Shay, who entered the week sixth in Division III in all-purpose yardage. He is currently averaging 218.0 all-purpose yards per game, 19.9 yards on 14 pass receptions and 16.2 yards on 13 punt returns.

Sophomore defensive end Daniel McCall was named to the CC Weekly Honor Roll after tying a school record for regular-season games with three sacks. McCall made five tackles in the game, and all were behind the line of scrimmage.

Elsewhere in the CC, McDaniel (2-2, 2-0) squeaked by Ursinus, 24-20, and Johns Hopkins (5-0, 1-0) scored its third straight shutout, posting a 30-0 win against Muhlenberg’s next opponent, Dickinson (2-2, 0-1). Gettysburg (3-1, 0-0) was idle.

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Last updated October 5, 2003