Nah’shon Godfrey earned Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after his play last week. He led a strong defensive effort that forced seven turnovers in a 13-10 win over Moravian. Godfrey had nine tackles, including seven solo stops. He also had two interceptions, a sack and a pass breakup. He also earned a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week for his play.
Nah’shon Godfrey had his first career two-interception game on Saturday. It led a defense that picked off four Greyhound passes, tying the program record for interceptions in a game. The last time the Green Terror intercepted four passes in a game was Oct. 30, 2010 at Franklin & Marshall. Kai Leibfried also had his first collegiate interception in the game and Kiree Moore returned an interception 56 yards.
Leading the Way
Tracey Easton, Nah’shon Godfrey, Jake Scott, Kofi Siga and Perry Stefanelli will all captain the squad in 2019. All five are first-time captains. It marks the most captains since the Green Terror also had five in 2013.
Take It, Keep It
Through the first two games of the season, the Green Terror defense has forced nine turnovers, which is the fourth most in Division III. Meanwhile, the offense has not turned the ball over in either of the first two games. With a +9 turnover margin, McDaniel is has the best margin in the nation. St. Thomas (Minn.) has only played one game and posted a +5 margin, so the Tommies’ per-game margin ranks higher in Division III.
Peyton Denlinger had a chance at a career-long 47-yard field goal with 5:14 to play in the game on Saturday but pushed it wide left. However, Moravian was flagged for being offsides on the play, giving Denlinger a second chance. Lined up for a season-long 42-yarder, the sophomore drilled it to cut the Green Terror deficit to 10-6 at the time and set up a chance for a game-winning touchdown one drive later.
Just in the Nick of Time
Junior Nick Alberto had a career day last Saturday. Entering the game with three career receptions, Alberto caught eight passes in the game. However, none were bigger than his eighth of day. With 12 second left, Alberto snagged a ball in the back-right corner of the end zone and was able to get a foot down inbounds for the game-winning touchdown. It was his first collegiate score.
Demarus White is the first Green Terror head coach to win start his career 2-0 since Dick Harlow won his first three games as mentor in 1926. Harlow went on to post a 60-13-7 record (.794) in nine seasons. Harlow also coached at Penn State, Colgate and Harvard with a 149-69-17 all-time record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
Like a Bakery
As a whole, the McDaniel defense forced seven turnovers in last Saturday’s 13-10 win at Moravian. It is the most known turnovers forced by a Green Terror defense since 1967. The 20-0 win over Lycoming that day featured seven fumble recoveries in a 20-0 win. McDaniel forced six turnovers against Johns Hopkins on Nov. 12, 2011. In addition to four interceptions, the defense also forced and recovered a pair of fumbles in the victory.
McDaniel has been outgained 672-514 in the first two games. The Green Terror is ninth in the CC in total offense – the only 2-0 team not in the top four… McDaniel has allowed a 100-yard receiver in each of its first two games.