Sports Notes by Bill Byham

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

The Lycoming College Warriors (0-1) will host the Susquehanna University Crusaders (1-1) in a non conference game Saturday at David Person Field in Williamsport. Kickoff is set for 1:30 P.M.

These two colleges are just about an hour apart and have been arch rivals for many football years. Last year Susquehanna, a long time member of the Middle Atlantic Conference to join the New York based Empire League while Lycoming remained in the MAC. It was agreed that the two schools would continue to meet over the sports year.

Last season Lycoming played at Susquehanna and dropped a very tense 17-13 contest with a Crusader TD coming with 8:09 left. Lycoming had scored early for a 7-0 lead but trailed 10-7 at the half. Lycoming took another lead (13-10) with a touchdown in the third period but missed the extra point. It stayed that way until that Crusaders last drive, a drive Lycoming could not answer on the scoreboard although they “won” the paper game in the stat pages.

Dave Paveletz, senior running back, led the Crusaders a year ago with a pair of scores and last week carried 23 times for 88 rushing yards in leading Susquehanna to a narrow 10-3 win over Juniata .

“He is our sights”, said Lycoming linebacker Mark Rosa in talking about the game. “We know they depend on him as their main gun so we have to be ready to stop him.”

So far he has carried the ball 48 times in two games for 207 yards (102.5 yds per game) and has two scores. The Crusaders other main offensive weapon is QB Derek Pope who has completed 21 of 53 passes for 205 yards and one score.

Coach Steve Briggs points at his defense as a main force. That defense was banged around in the loss to Moravian but last week dominated every aspect of the Juniata offense.

“We were proud of our offense at Ithaca”, said Lycoming’s junior quarterback, Colin Dwyer, “since we stayed with a nationally ranked team. We had some very good moments in that game despite the loss (17-16). ”
Dwyer played the entire game and finished with 28 completions in 43 plays for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted two times. In the meantime the rushing offense ran for 79 yards on 24 carries.

Head coach, Mike Clark, was all positive about his teams chances but made sure he was giving credit to the Crusaders for their long time ability to play their best versus Lycoming. “We are looking for this game. After ;losing last season we were down 0-3 going into conference play. We have these three pre conference games ands are 0-1, It becomes very important to get these next two (Susquehanna, Bridgeport) before the conference opens.”

He added” We have a very good football team here. They played so well at Ithaca and we are asking them to play even better this week.”

LYCOMING LOSES FRIEND –

It was reported this past week that Tom Aubrey had passed away . Aubrey gained fame several years ago when he presented his book entitled “Ten Bucks and A Yes Vote”

It was the story of the student collective action on campus to “get football back on campus” after three seasons in the 1950’s during which Lycoming did not field a football team.

Aubrey was one of many Lycoming students who led the negotiations with the Board of Directors. The key to those meetings was to have the students agree to a ten dollar increase in their student activity fee. In return the Board promised a yes vote and football came back.

Editors Note: Tom Aubrey’s love of the football players was the greatest accomplishment and gift to Lycoming College.  Tom for many years took action photos of players in each game and had over 100 pictures developed from each game giving them to the players free of charge.

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