College Football: Green Terror riding win streak into Homecoming

College Football: Green Terror riding win streak into Homecoming
McDaniel defensive back Nah'Shon Godfrey is part of a Green Terror defense that lead the Centennial Conference in scoring defense at 13.6 points per game. (Courtesy of McDaniel Athletics)

Homecoming usually creates a special atmosphere on college campuses across the country.

McDaniel is set for the 85th edition of Homecoming on the Hill, and alums can expect the traditional pomp. They’ll also get to see the Green Terror go after their third straight victory.


McDaniel hosts Dickinson on Saturday at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, where the home team has a chance to add to a very successful Homecoming resume. The Terror are 55-28-1 all-time in such games, and they’ll be playing in their third consecutive Homecoming contest.

McDaniel (3-2, 2-2 in the Centennial Conference) ruined its opponents’ fun in each of the last two weeks, however — the Green Terror shut out Gettysburg 25-0 before toppling Juniata 24-21 last Saturday.

They’re getting a Red Devils team that is 1-4 (1-3 Centennial) and lost in overtime last week against Susquehanna. Dickinson ranks last in the Centennial in passing offense at 124.6 yards per game.

McDaniel’s defensive players are likely poised for another impressive performance. The Terror posted their first shutout in seven years in the win over Gettysburg, and collected eight sacks last week at Juniata — their most in a game since 2011.

Senior lineman Ray Doh recorded three sacks himself, and he’s tied for fifth in the Centennial in sacks with four. Linebacker Garvin Brooms, another senior, is tied for the conference lead with 5.5 sacks.

Dickinson quarterback Billy Burger mixes in a running game with his passing attack. Burger has 146 rushing yards along with 454 passing yards. But the Devils are lining up against a defense fresh off some solid schemes against the run.

The Green Terror have held their last two opponents to a combined 50 yards rushing on 60 carries. Gettysburg mustered just 33 yards on 28 attempts two weeks ago before Juniata could rush for just 17 yards on 32 carries. Neither team was able to record a run of longer than 10 yards.

Dickinson defeated McDaniel last year in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and has won 11 of the last 13 meetings, but the Terror still lead the all-time series (37-35-1).

It hasn’t been all defense for McDaniel this season, though. And the Terror have been rather potent inside the “red zone.”

The Green Terror have been nearly automatic when getting inside its opponents’ 20-yard line. McDaniel has turned 15 of its 16 trips into points for a conference-best 94 percent conversation rate.

Eleven of those 15 scores have been touchdowns, including 10 rushing scores.

Senior running backs John Chamberlin and Isaac Murray have combined for 628 yards and seven touchdowns this fall.