11/19/2009

Diplomats Bowl-Bound

  • Diplomat wide receiver Jay Ridinger '11  

Following an 8-2 regular season, Franklin & Marshall's football team has been awarded a postseason bid. The Diplomats will host Wilkes University in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl this Saturday at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. Kickoff is slated for noon.

The game will be aired live, free of charge, on B2 Networks, courtesy of the Franklin & Marshall Football Alumni Association.

Wilkes comes to Lancaster with a 6-4 record and has won three of its last four games. The teams shared only one common opponent this season, Muhlenberg. Wilkes opened the season with a 14-12 win over the Mules, while F&M posted a 20-7 win during a torrential downpour on Homecoming weekend.

Saturday's game with Wilkes will mark the seventh ECAC bowl game appearance for the Diplomats. F&M is 3-3 in ECAC Bowl games. The contest with Wilkes marks the Diplomats’ first postseason appearance since 2005.

Overall, 12 teams have been selected to participate in the six ECAC Division III Football Bowl Championship games. Other south region games include Kean (8-2) hosting Ursinus (6-4) in the ECAC Southeast Bowl Championship game. Salisbury (5-5) will travel to host Lebanon Valley (8-2) in the ECAC Southwest Bowl Championship game.

In the ECAC Northeast Bowl Championship, Plymouth State (8-2) will travel to Massachusetts to take on Springfield (7-2). Also in the north region, Union (7-3) will host Hartwick (5-4) in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl Championship game. In the ECAC Northwest Bowl Championship, St. John Fisher (6-3) was selected to host Cortland State (7-3).

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