Juniata at McDaniel
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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 26th meeting between McDaniel (1-6, 1-5 CC) and Juniata (4-3, 3-3 CC) in a series that dates back to 1923. The Eagles won last season's meeting by a 24-7 margin in Huntingdon to even the series, 12-12-1. The Green Terror had won the previuos three meetings, including 23-19 in Westminster in 2011.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Juniata scored 14 points after McDaniel pulled within 10-7 with 12:25 to play in the game to secure a 24-7 CC victory last season. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) ran for 106 yards on the day for the Green Terror, recording his fourth 100-yard rushing day of the season. Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) threw for 147 yards on 13 of 26 passing and his first collegiate passing score. Ward Udinski led the Eagles with 306 yards passing, completing 18 of 26 passes with a touchdown. He also ran for another 65 yards and two scores.
LAST TIME OUT: Dickinson outscored McDaniel 35-3 over a 23-minute, 23-second span en route to a 38-31 CC victory last Saturday. Joe Rollins led the Green Terror with his program record-tying eighth 200-yard rushing game, accumulating 211 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. He added 45 receiving yards and 39 return yards to finish with 295 all-purpose yards and pass Rob Johnson for second place on the program's all-time list. Shawn Wilson paced the Red Devils with 129 rushing yards as part of a 352-yard attack on the ground. Dickinson finished with 392 yards of total offense. Ryan Yamada kept it a balanced attack for McDaniel, passing for 238 a touchdown. He also ran for another score. The Green Terror finished with 477 yards of total offense.
WITH HONORS: Joe Rollins and Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Rollins was named to the offensive list after leading the Green Terror with 211 yards rushing and 295 all-purpose yards. He ran for two touchdowns on the afternoon. Cousar earned the defensive nod after recording 12 tackles and a sack.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar, Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin), Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser), Joe Rollins and Pat Tighe (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) will captain the squad in 2013. All five are first-time captains and mark the most since 2009.
ON A J-ROLL: Joe Rollins ran for 211 yards on Saturday, recording his program record-tying eighth career 200-yard rushing game and third of 2013. For the senior, it was his strongest road performance. Prior to Saturday, he had not rushed for more than 150 yards away from Westminster. In the second quarter, Rollins eclipsed 1,000 yards this season to hit the grand mark for the third time in his career. Entering today with 1,123 yards, he needs 471 yards over the final three games to match Eric Frees' single-season program record of 1,594.
O-ME, O-MY: Nick O'Melia started the game with a bang on Saturday. After having Sean Montgomery's (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) opening kickoff return to midfield called back to the 10-yard line on a hold, two Joe Rollins runs set up the longest play of the season. Ryan Yamada found O'Melia on a third-and-2 play before the senior receiver made a move, turned up field and sprinted down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown. It was not only the Green Terror's longest play from scrimmage this season but also the longest pass play since Brad Baer hit current assistant Jamie Unger for a program-record long 98-yard touchdown on the team's first play of the second quarter against Dickinson on Oct. 16, 2004.
GOING LONG: Nick O'Melia and Joe Rollins both put together long plays last Saturday at Dickinson. On the third play of the game, O'Melia broke an 82-yard catch-and-run down the Red Devil sideline for a touchdown and 7-0 lead just 1:36 into the game. Late in the third quarter, Rollins opened a McDaniel drive at its 35 with 2:19 on the clock, breaking a 61-yard run down the Green Terror sideline.
RUNNING HERE, CATCHING THERE: Keyed by the 82-yard catch and run, Nick O'Melia notched his sixth 100-yard receiving day. He finished the day with four catches for 104 yards. Joe Rollins finished the day with 211 rushing yards to balance the aerial attack. It marked the first time the Green Terror had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard runner in the same game since the same duo turned the trick against Gettysburg on Oct. 1, 2011. In that game, O'Melia had a career-high 203 yards receiving while Rollins ran for 145 yards.
BALANCING ACT: McDaniel had about as equal a day in running the ball and passing the ball as an offense can have. Keyed by Joe Rollins' 211-yard day, the offense ran for 239 yards. Ryan Yamada led the passing game with 238 yards passing on 19 of 36. The 477 yards of total offense was a season-high for the offense.
200-LEVEL SEATS: With his 19-for-36 performance through the air, Ryan Yamada recorded his second career 200-yard passing day in just his ninth career start. The sophomore opened the season with 218 yards against Catholic. In addition to his career high day through the air, Yamada also did some work with his feet. Late in the fourth quarter, he eluded a sack and scampered seven yards for his first collegiate rushing touchdown, drawing his team within seven with 2:58 to play.
HAPPY RETURNS: After going 23 quarters without a punt-return yard, McDaniel now has 42 in the last five.
RUN WATCH: Joe Rollins enters this week's game needing just 88 yards for his third career 1,000-yard season. He enters play today with 4,179 career rushing yards, which ranks sixth in CC history. Rollins ripped off 118 yards last week for his fifth 100-yard rushing day of the season and the 19th of his career.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror enters this week's game with a roster of 94 players. Of those 94 players, 63 are either freshmen or sophomores. McDaniel will have a freshman class of 42 in 2013 – by far its largest class on the roster.
TERROR TIDBITS: Joe Rollins broke a career-long 25-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter on Saturday… Rollins enters this week's game with 5,805 all-purpose yards, which is fourth in CC history. His 4,390 rushing yards is fifth in CC history. He needs 104 to reach Andrew Kase (Johns Hopkins, 2006-09)…McDaniel has been flagged for a CC-high 50 penalties this season and drawn a CC-high 49… The same 22 Green Terror players have not been the starters in any two games this season.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his second season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 1-16, picking up his first win on Sept. 14 – a 21-14 victory over Moravian. He spent the previous eight seasons as the defensive coordinator, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011. In his first season at Albright, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship. His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl… Tim Launtz is in his third season at the helm of the Eagles, entering today with a record of 8-19. He became Juniata's 22nd head coach after serving 15 years on the staff, going 1-9 in his first season as the head man. He most recently served seven seasons as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he mentored the receiving corps, defensive backs and served as special teams coordinator from 1997-99. The Huntingdon native graduated from Juniata in 1980.
THE WORD ON JUNIATA: The Eagles enter today's game off a 27-7 Homecoming loss to Muhlenberg last Saturday… Juniata closed to within 10-7 on an Isaiah Slutter 34-yard touchdown catch with 5:59 to play in the second quarter but the Mules scored the final 17 points of the game… Ward Udinski threw for 226 yards on 22 of 46 passing and is currently second in the CC with 1,738 yards passing. Udinski also has 297 rushing yards and is second in the conference with 2,035 yards of total offense… Juniata ranks last in the CC against the pass (243.9 ypg) but third against the run (135.3).