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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's non-conference marks the 15th meeting between McDaniel (1-1) and Catholic (0-2) in a series that dates back to 1912. The Green Terror leads the all-time series 10-4 but the Cardinals snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 28-21 victory in Westminster two years ago and made it back-to-back wins in the series for the first time with a 31-7 win in Washington, D.C., last year.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Keith Ricca went 21 of 30 for 321 yards with two touchdowns to lead Catholic to a 31-7 victory over McDaniel last season. Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) and T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) combined for 134 of the 285 yards of total offense for the Green Terror - all part of a 185-yard rushing attack. The Cardinals amassed 411 yards of total offense, including 353 passing yards - more than twice the yards allowed by McDaniel through the air in the first two games. After Andrew Buis returned to opening kickoff 57 yards to set Catholic up at the Green Terror 26, the Cardinals needed just five plays and 1 minute, 29 seconds to open up a 7-0 lead. A 14-yard Greg Brown rush followed up by a three-yard dash gave the hosts an early lead that was never challenged.
LAST TIME OUT: Steve Panasuk threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead Moravian to a 21-16 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) football opener last week. T.J. Develin rushed for a career-best 148 yards with a pair of touchdowns to key the Green Terror, who racked up 346 yards of total offense. The McDaniel defense held the Greyhounds to minus-13 yards of total offense in the second half after 237 yards and 21 points in the first half.
WITH HONORS: T.J. Develin and Mike Ford (Drexel Hill, Pa./Haverford Twp.) earned spots on their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week for their roles in the CC opener. Develin earned the offensive nod after rushing for a career-high 148 yards. Among his 25 carries was a pair of touchdown runs. Ford was named to the defensive ledger after keying a defensive effort that limited Moravian to minus-13 yards of total offense in the second half. Ford recorded six tackles but had 3.5 sacks - all in the second half. His 3.5 sacks accounted for 33 yards. He had 4.5 tackles for loss, accounting for 35 yards.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), Austin Herr (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola), Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) 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.
DASHING DEVELIN: Senior RB T.J. Develin may be saving his best for last. Through two games in 2009, he has 246 yards rushing. He currently leads the CC in rushing at 123.0 yards per game. After falling two yards shy of his second 100-yard game, Develin exploded for a career-high 148 yards at Moravian last week. With his big game, Develin went over 1,000 yards for his career and now has 1,096 in his four years on the Hill.
SACK LUNCH: Mike Ford had a career day of his own on Saturday, recording 3.5 sacks. It was the most a single Green Terror player had gotten to the opposing quarterback in a game since Brett Rough recorded 4.5 sacks on Oct. 2, 2004. Ford's six total tackles was also a career high for the junior lineman. All of his sacks and five of his six tackles came in the second half when the defense held Moravian off the scoreboard and to minus-13 yards of total offense. As a team, McDaniel leads the conference with seven sacks through the first two games.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: After allowing 647 yards of total offense through the first seven quarters of the season, the Green Terror defense put the clamps down in Saturday's fourth quarter, forcing minus-22 yards by the Greyhounds. Mike Ford keyed that showing on Moravian's first drive of the period, notching sacks on back-to-back plays to turn a second-and-8 into a fourth-and-37 at the Greyhound 8.
MASS-IVE IMPROVEMENT: The Green Terror spent the vast majority of 2008 trying to figure out who its starting quarterback was. Four different signal callers started under center during the 10-game slate before McDaniel settled on Tom Massucci for the last two games of the year. Massucci finished the year with a team-high 405 yards passing in just four appearances. Massucci earned the starting job in 2009 and has - at least for now - answered all of those questions. Through the first two games of his sophomore campaign, Massucci has thrown for 437 yards and completed 64.5 percent of his pass attemps (40-for-62). He has just one interception against four touchdowns. He just missed throwing for a second 200-yard day last week, connecting on 18 of 34 passes for 199 yards.
NOBODY PUTS BABY IN THE CORNER: McDaniel's two starting cornerbacks have been two of the leaders on the defense through the first two games of the season. Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) led the team with seven tackles in the opener against St. Vincent. Last week, he added six stops and a 41-yard interception return. Chris Kolb (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) led the way against Moravian with a career-high 11 tackles and an interception. The pair is tied for second on the team with 13 total tackles. They have the team's only two interceptions so far in 2009.
PASS, DON'T RUN?: The Green Terror defense is at the opposite end of the spectrum in the conference when it comes to the run game and the pass game. In fact, the disparity is nearly as extreme in all of Division III. McDaniel is the best in the conference - and 22nd in all of Division III - against the run, allowing a mere 54.0 yards per game. Conversely, the Green Terror's defense against opponents' aerial attack has not been nearly as successful. The squad is eighth (out of nine) in the conference - and 176th (out of 235) in the country - against the pass, allowing 258.5 yards per game. Through the first two games of the year, 82.7 percent of the opposition's yardage has come through the air. In all, the squad is third in the conference - 82nd in Division III - in total defense (312.5 ypg).
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror has scored on its first possession in both games this season... The McDaniel defense ranks eighth in the conference in scoring defense (29.0 ppg)... Opponents are 5-for-5 with four touchdowns and a field goal in the red zone this season. McDaniel is 8-for-10 when reaching the opponent 20... The Green Terror has had as many pass plays go for 20-plus yards as it has plays in the return game (7). In 2008, McDaniel had just 11 pass plays of 20-plus yards the entire season.
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 99-66-3, 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... Dave Dunn is in his fourth season leading Catholic. In his debut campaign, he guided the Cardinals to a 3-7 record. In 2007, Dunn guided Catholic to its first .500 season since 2000 before putting up a 9-2 record last season. With a 17-16 record at Catholic, he has a 17-24 career record after serving as the first coach at Becker College in 2005, going 0-8 with the first-year program prior to his arrival last season. He has 19 years of coaching experience, including time as an assistant at his alma mater University of San Diego, Indiana State, Harvard and Florida Atlantic.
THE WORD ON CATHOLIC: The Cardinals enter today's game at 0-2 overall after dropping a 42-21 decision at Franklin & Marshall last weekend... Catholic took a 14-13 lead with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter on Saturday before allowing the Diplomats to reel off 29 straight points to take a 42-14 lead with 1:04 showing in the third period... Matt Cantafio threw for 247 yards, going 20-for-35 with two touchdowns and an interception in relief of starter Dylan Knight, who completed 3 of 6 passes for 20 yards with one interception... Alonzo Cooke caught seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He also had 117 return yards for 252 all-purpose yards... Mike Smith nabbed a team-best 11 receptions for 92 yards and a score... Cantafio has thrown for 303 yards in his first two games of 2009, completing 27 of his 48 passes... Cooke leads the receiving corps with 179 yards on 13 catches. Smith has 107 yards on his 13 receptions.