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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) opener marks the 14th meeting between McDaniel (1-0, 0-0 CC) and Moravian (0-1, 0-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1972. The Greyhounds hold a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series, including win of 43-14 and 42-3 in the first two meetings since the renewal of conference foes in 2007. The last Green Terror win was by a 21-7 margin in the 2002 ECAC Southeast Bowl.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Tyler McCambridge rushed for 162 of Moravian's 388 yards on the ground to lead the way in a 42-3 victory at McDaniel in the CC opener for both teams last season. Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) rushed for 65 yards to led the Green Terror, who were held to just 113 yards of total offense while the Greyhounds rolled up 500 yards in all. McCambridge also accounted for three touchdowns in a rushing attack that reeled off 338 yards. Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) paced the McDaniel defense with a career-high 12 tackles while Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) also notched a career best with 11 stops.
LAST TIME OUT: Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) threw for a career-best 238 yards and four touchdowns to lead McDaniel to a 52-37 victory over St. Vincent last Saturday. As a team, the Green Terror reached 50 points for the first time in more than four years and had its largest single-game point total since a 54-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 20, 2001. For Massucci, who completed 22 of 28 passes, it marked the first time a McDaniel quarterback had 200 yards passing since Tom Wenrich threw for 208 against Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 27, 2007.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Freshman C.J. Billera (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) was named the CC Special Teams Player of the Week after making his debut with a bang, racking up 169 all-purpose yards. Of those yards, 158 came in the return game. As part of his 94 punt-return yards, he took a third-quarter punt back 90 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. He added 64 yards on four kickoff returns.
WITH HONORS: Tom Massucci and Travis Wenrich earned spots on their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week for their parts in the Green Terror victory. Massucci earned the offensive nod after keying the largest offensive output since 2001 with a career-high 238 yards. He engineered touchdown drives on six of McDaniel's first seven possessions. Wenrich was named to the defensive ledger after pacing the squad with seven tackles, including as part of a sack.
OPENING STATEMENTS: After winning eight straight CC openers, McDaniel dropped its third consecutive conference lidlifter last year, falling to Moravian 42-3 to fall to 12-14 in conference openers since the inception of the CFC. The Green Terror dropped its first eight openers after the creation of the CFC in 1983 - all to Gettysburg. Moravian is just the third different team to be the Green and Gold's first opponent on the conference slate. For the first 20 years, McDaniel and Gettysburg squared off with the Bullets holding a slight 11-9 advantage. Ursinus was the first opponent on the Green Terror's CC schedule for the next four years. McDaniel won the first three of those meetings.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), Austin Herr (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola), Mike Weick and Eric Zwilsky will all captain the squad in 2009. The five captains are the most named by the Green Terror since five players led the 2003 squad. Three of the four elected to the post this season are two-time captains. Cahill, Slaughter and Zwilsky were all captains in 2008 as well. They are the 11th, 12th and 13th two-time captains during Tim Keating's tenure.
BETTER THAN A 200-SERIES GPS: In the early years of Tim Keating's tenure at the helm of the Green Terror, 200-yard passing games used to be common place. Between 1993 and 2001, then-Western Maryland signal callers combined for 49 such performances. Since the start of 2002, there have been just seven with Tom Massucci becoming the 13th known quarterback to accomplish the feat. Massucci becomes the first, however, since the last quarterback to share his namesake Tom Wenrich threw for 208 yards on Oct. 27, 2007. Massucci's 238-yard outing was the most since John Luster threw for 357 yards in the 2002 opener against Bridgewater and goes down as the second-best opening weekend performance by a McDaniel signal caller.
DOING HALF THE WORK: Matt Cahill almost single-handedly got Tom Massucci to his new career high for passing yards. With two career starts and four appearances under his belt, Massucci didn't pass for more than 150 yards in any game as a freshman. Last week, he connected with his senior wide receiver eight times. On the eight catches, Cahill racked up a career-high 118 receiving yards for his second career 100-yard receiving day. The 118 yards was the most by any Green Terror receiver since Joey Ellis caught nine balls for 176 yards against Bridgewater on Sept. 7, 2002.
YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Freshman C.J. Billera made his debut with a big day in the return game for McDaniel, accumulating 169 all-purpose yards. Of those yards, 158 came in the return game and 94 were on his two punt returns. The first time he got his hands on a returnable punt, the rookie speedster took the ball 90 yards for his first collegiate score. It matched the program record for longest punt return in program history.
LUCKY NO. 7: C.J. Billera wasn't the only freshman to make a name for himself in game No. 1. Rookie kicker Nick DeLuca (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) etched his name in the record book right away, connecting on all seven of his extra-point attempts. The seven PATs broke Chris Patterson's eight-year-old record of six against Susquehanna on Sept. 8, 2001. DeLuca also added a 19-yard field goal for 10 points in his first game in a Green Terror uniform.
THREE OUT OF FOUR AIN'T BAD: Sophomore TE Woody Butler (Middletown, Md./Middletown) has made four receptions to this point in his collegiate career. Of those four catches, three have been in the end zone. The only time he touched the ball on offense as a freshman, he hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass at Catholic. In his first game as the starting tight end, Bulter caught three passes for 33 yards, including touchdown receptions of 19 and six yards in the first half on Saturday.
TERROR TIDBITS: The 52 points scored against St. Vincent were the most for McDaniel since posted a 54-0 win over Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 20, 2001... Saturday was the second straight game the Green Terror returned a punt for a touchdown. Matt Cahill returned one 70 yards in McDaniel's 2008 finale at Johns Hopkins... Saturday's win was No. 99 for Tim Keating in his 17 years at the helm of the Green Terror.... Senior OL Paul Selfinger (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) caught a pass that deflected off a defender in the second quarter Saturday. The reception of minus-7 yards was the first for any active lineman... The Green Terror has the best rush defense in the conference (59.0 ypg)... McDaniel was chosen to finish eighth in the nine-team CC in the annual preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors. Johns Hopkins is the preseason favorite.
COACHES' CORNER: Tim Keating is in his 17th season at the helm of the Green Terror. His 99 victories are the most by any McDaniel coach. Keating enters the 2009 campaign with record of 99-65-3, guiding the program to seven CC championships and a pair of NCAA playoff wins. Before coming to the Hill, Keating notched a 26-23 record in five seasons at Wesley... Scot Dapp is in his 23rd season leading Moravian. Dapp enters today's game at 135-92-1 overall. Dapp's 135 victories is the most by any coach in program history. During his tenure, Moravian has reached the NCAA tournament twice, including a berth in the 1988 South Region championship game. He has also guided the Greyhounds to a MAC championship (1988), a Commonwealth championship (1993) and four ECAC appearances (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008).
THE WORD ON MORAVIAN: The Greyhounds enter today's CC opener at 0-1 overall after falling to Susquehanna 24-0 in the opener last week... Moravian was shut out for the first time since 2007 Ursinus downed the Greyhounds 27-0... Senior running back Ryan Rempe needs just 124 yards to become the 20th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards. He enters today with 876 yards on 231 carries with seven touchdowns in 28 games after a 97-yard performance against the Crusaders in last week's opener... Moravian quarterbacks completed just seven passes for 85 yards on Saturday. Patrick Weiss went 3-for-14 for 54 yards and an interception while Andy Polony was 4-for-8 for 31 yards with two interceptions... Alex Hersch caught two of those passes and accounted for 46 of the yards... The Greyhounds were the only CC team last week to not throw for 100 yards and one of just two (Juniata) who didn't throw for 200... Moravian is one of two CC teams to not score in Week One.