McDaniel faced a big test a few weeks ago when Franklin & Marshall came to the Hill with a top 25 national ranking, and although the Green Terror fell short they held their own against a quality opponent.
The Terror’s latest challenge takes place Saturday in similar fashion, with another foe ranked among the country’s best in Division III. This time it’s on the road, however, with McDaniel visiting unbeaten Muhlenberg as the Green Terror come off their bye week.
The Mules (6-0, 5-0 Centennial) were the lone conference team to play last week, and they stayed undefeated with a 34-31 victory over Thomas More.
Muhlenberg played in Kentucky for the first time in 72 years, overcame three separate deficits, and needed a last-second field goal to come away with the win — the Mules enter Saturday’s game ranked 20th in the nation by d3football.com.
McDaniel (3-3, 2-3) heads to Allentown, Pennsylvania, looking to avoid a second straight loss and fourth in six games. And the Terror will likely need to hold down a potent Mules offense in order to leave town with a victory.
The Mules average more than 40 points per game, and they’ve beaten McDaniel eight straight times.
Senior receiver Max Kirin, a Liberty High School graduate, leads Muhlenberg with 26 catches for 406 yards and six touchdowns.
Muhlenberg will be facing one of the top defensive units in the Centennial, however.
The Green Terror are tops in the conference in scoring defense with 15.8 points per game allowed. They’re also leading the way in yards allowed per game at 256.7.
And the defense put up some points of its own the last time out — senior Breon Herbert scored on a blocked punt against Dickinson, McDaniel’s third block of the game.
McDaniel is second in the Centennial with 21 sacks and 57 tackles for loss.
Junior linebacker Jarius Ransom leads the Terror with 58 tackles, and he’s first with 10 tackles for loss. Senior lineman Garvin Brooms’ 6.5 sacks are second most in the Centennial.
Only two teams have thrown for more than 200 yards on McDaniel this fall, but expect Muhlenberg to attack the Green Terror through the air. Mules sophomore quarterback Michael Hnatowsky’s 272 passing yards per game ranks second in the conference.
Hnatowsky threw for 376 yards — a career high — and two touchdowns against Thomas More. After posting a 2,000-yard season last fall, Hnatowsky is up to 1,632 yards this year with 15 touchdowns and only one interception.
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Saturday’s game marks the 49th meeting in this all-time series. Muhlenberg leads it 23-22-3, and has won 10 of the last 11 games.