By John Limato || Contributing Writer

The Franklin and Marshall Diplomats picked up their first win of the season over the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen two Saturdays ago. The 48-7 final in favor of the Diplomats is indicative of how the day went for each squad as not even the pouring rain could stop the Dips from imposing their will on the Dutchmen. The Diplomats offense was firing on all cylinders as each of their first five drives resulted in touchdowns. Quarterback Tanner Erisman threw four touchdowns, two of which went to wideout, KJ Pretty ‘19. Kevin Lammers ‘19 and Dillon Alderfer ‘18 also found their way into the endzone. The offensive line which returns AJ Gasser ‘18, and Brian Denoncour ‘21 gave Erisman had great protection to allow the offense to move efficiently gaining 333 all-purpose yards on the day.

While the rain did not affect the Diplomats offense it seemed to interfere with LVC’s plans as the Diplomats defense held them to seven points and 121 yards of total offense. The only time the Dutchmen put points on the board was on a questionable call on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Adam Domovich. Leading the way defensively were Joe Granahan ‘19, who had five stops on the day, two of which were sacks. Kevin Gault ‘20, Vinny Speranza ‘19, and Stevie Gerovasilis ‘19 also had four tackles that day. The blowout was capped off by a 90-yard interception returned for a touchdown by newcomer KJ Boston ‘20.

The Diplomats crushed Junaita College this past Saturday with a 52-7 win and look to continue their success on Saturday, September 16th, when they take on McDaniel College at Sponaugle Williamson Field.

First-year John Limato is a contributing writer. His email is