The Muhlenberg football team was able to keep a 0 in the loss column after a 28-point win versus Gettysburg College. With their next two games being against Dickinson College and Johns Hopkins University– two teams that currently have a combined record of 11-1– the Mules know they can’t take their foot off the gas.
The Muhlenberg football team extended their undefeated record to 6-0 this season, following a 41-13 victory over Gettysburg College on Saturday, Oct. 14. Coming into the game, the team was ranked as the #21 team in the nation and it wouldn’t be a shocker if they creep into the top 20 following another dominant performance. The Mules have been able to easily win their past two matchups, finishing with a combined score of 91-19 versus McDaniel and Gettysburg College.
Jack Kinerney ‘24– a 2022 All-Centennial Conference first-team selection– spoke about what’s allowed the offense to perform so well recently: “We have talented athletes at the receiver, running back and tight end positions who have been able to make plays for us and really get our offense going. Our offensive line is an experienced group that has played in many important games and knows how to separate a defense. Finally, our quarterback, Joe Repetti ‘25, has been playing really well for us and finds ways to make plays wherever he is on the field.”
Kinerney continued, “In our most recent game against Gettysburg, a lot of the points have to be credited to our defensive and special teams units who forced six turnovers and set the offense up with great field position.”
This Saturday, Oct. 21, Muhlenberg faces off against Dickinson College, a team that has significantly improved from last season. In 2022, the Dickinson Red Devils finished with an overall record of 3-7, which included a 34-21 loss versus the Mules. However, this year is a different story for the team, as the Red Devils have won five straight games, currently hold a record of 5-1, and are ranked third in the Centennial Conference.
While the Mules know this matchup is not going to be easy, the team knows as long as they do what they need to do, they should come away with the win. “As we always say, the Centennial Conference schedule is a gauntlet. Every game that we play, we have to prepare for it like it’s a championship game. One thing that makes the Mules different from other football programs is that we are getting bigger, faster and stronger as the season progresses. Every day we are getting a little bit better and focusing on improving on the little things,” stated Kinerney.
With hopefully a win against Dickinson this weekend, it’s hard not to look at the Mules’ matchup the week after in which they host Johns Hopkins. The Muhlenberg versus Johns Hopkins matchup has arguably been the biggest in-conference game for both schools in recent years, as one of the two schools has been the Centennial Conference champion in three of the past four years.
Last season, Johns Hopkins was able to get the better of the Mules, winning 34-27 in a Friday night game in Baltimore. This season, the Mules have home-field advantage and with another year of Repetti under center, the team looks much better in 2023 than they did in 2022.
Kinerney commented: “Week eight will definitely be an important step on our championship climb but we like to focus on ourselves because we know that the only team that can beat Muhlenberg is Muhlenberg. Focusing on our daily improvement both individually and as a team is the best thing we can do to prepare for any team that we are playing.”
For the time being, the team has to focus on Dickinson who they kickoff against at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 21, in Carlisle, Pa.