F&M Football starts season strong behind senior leadership, toughness

By Gabby Goodwin || Staff Writer

“It’s a good day to be a Dip!” That’s what F&M Football was thinking when they showed Ursinus College the door last weekend, defeating them 34-12 last Saturday at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. In their second Centennial Conference game of the season, F&M Football improved their record to 2-1, scoring 24 points to erase an early 9-0 first quarter deficit. Quarterback Tanner Erisman had 109 yards through the air as well as 74 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and Taalib Gerald added 50 yard of his own in the winning effort.

This Saturday, F&M Football played Juniata for the 9th time in Centennial Conference history and for the 13th time overall. F&M had won all 9 games since the Eagles have been a part of the league, which showed great promise for this week’s outcome. However, F&M Football knew the importance of no-let-ups. F&M Freshman Brian Denoncour says that their team’s expectation for the season is to win the Centennial Conference championship. He knows the importance of good senior leadership is just one of the things that will lead F&M Football to bringing their already victorious season home. “The seniors are always looking out for the younger guys and always have our best interest in mind. They have been helpful to me in matters of football, adjusting to F&M, and life in general,” Denoncour said. Out of all the moments this season, last weekend’s home game against Ursinus stood out to Denoncour the most. This was because, though F&M Football was losing early in the game, they “never got down on [themselves] and ended up winning pretty easily.” Denoncour said that “The team’s energy during this game was incredible and I think that helped us come back and win.”

This is the kind of mentality F&M Football brought in order to bring home a win not only on Saturday, but throughout the season. The team rolled to a 45-22 victory and kept F&M Football’s mission to win the Centennial Conference championship alive. The team improved to 3-1 and is looking to keep building off the current momentum they have. Keep an eye out for the Dips as they take on Dickinson on Saturday, October 1st, and their Homecoming game against McDaniel on Saturday, October 15th. Make sure to come out and support F&M Football because it is only just the beginning of a season to remember.

Franklin & Marshall College Football 9-03-16

First-year Gabby Goodwin is a contributing writer. Her email is ggoodwin@fandm.edu.

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