DIVISION III COLLEGE PREVIEW

September 28, 2018
By: Sean Fritz
Another week of college football is here as September winds down, and after the first month of the season in the Centennial Conference, both Moravian and Muhlenberg have had nice starts to their seasons. Clearly if I had to pick one over the other at this point as to who has been more impressive, it would be Muhlenberg with their 3-0 start. But for a Moravian team that went just 2-8 a season ago, head coach Jeff Pukszyn has gotten his young team some valuable experience so far and they still sit at .500 with a record of 2-2. Both of their losses came against top-of-the-pack opponents in Johns Hopkins University and Ursinus College, which is nothing to be ashamed of for a team still trying to build with a young group. After the past two losses, the Greyhounds will have a great opportunity to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host win-less Gettysburg College. The Bullets have had a rough start to their season and haven't really been able to do many things well on the offensive side of the ball and their defense is one that can certainly be exploited. Moravian will have a great opportunity to get its offense back on track and get its defense some confidence after the two match-ups against Hopkins and Ursinus.

For Muhlenberg, they've gotten off to a solid start once again as they sit at 3-0 heading into the final weekend of September. But it has been far more interesting to cover this team through their first three games than the record has let on. They were able to come away with wins in their first two weeks against Dickinson and Susquehanna, but were still looking for a full 60-minute performance from the offense, defense and special teams, something they got last week in a blowout win over Juniata. This week, however, the test will be greater for the Mules as they'll welcome another undefeated conference opponent in Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats bring in one of the conference's top-ranked defenses, which has allowed just 14 points per game through its first four games this season. The Mules' offense has seemed to find its stride following a rusty start to its season in Week 1 against Dickinson. Ever since, sophomore quarterback Mike Hnatkowsky's unit has been as explosive as expected in the passing game and has ran the ball pretty efficiently as well featuring a combination of running backs.

This will be the biggest test for the Muhlenberg offense by far when they go up against the Diplomats. On the bright side for Muhlenberg, they're coming off their best defensive performance of the season in which they held a Juniata offense to just seven points, added on four sacks and three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. The home team in this matchup has won the game in each of the last seven regular season matchups, something that Muhlenberg is hoping will continue on Saturday in Allentown.