Lycoming Vs Widener Game Notes

Lycoming College Head Football Coach Mike Clark

Lycoming College Head Football Coach Mike Clark

The Coaches
Warrior first-year head coach Mike Clark (Lycoming ’93) has recorded back-to-back wins to improve to 2-1 for the season. His offense tallies 364.33 yards per game, topping the MAC. Clark and the coaching staff have the team leading the MAC in eight categories.

David Wood (Widener ’91) is three games deep into his sixth-year at the helm of the Pride program. Last season, he led the team to its 17th MAC title and 12th trip to the NCAA playoffs. Wood has compiled a record of 36-20 in his time as the head coach and has been with the program as a player or coach for 20 years.

The Series
Saturday’s game will be the 31st meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1954, when Widener was known as Penn Military. The Warriors hold a 17-13 advantage in the series but are 4-6 in the last 10 meetings.

2007 – Widener 16, Lycoming 14
2006 – Lycoming 15, Widener 12
2005 – Widener 15, Lycoming 7
2004 – Widener 7, Lycoming 0
2003 – Lycoming 45, Widener 22
2002 – Widener 20, Lycoming 14 (OT)
2001 – Lycoming 35, Widener 0
2000 – Widener 50, Lycoming 49 (OT)
1999 – Lycoming 30, Widener 0
1998 – Lycoming 15, Widener 13

The Last Time They Met
The last meeting between the two teams was played Sept. 29, 2007, at David Person Field. The Pride kicked a field goal with 4:31 left to play in the game to secure a 16-14 win. Lycoming’s scores came from a 61-yard Josh Kleinfelter run and a nine-yard Tim Hook touchdown pass. The Pride held a 280-239 advatnage in total offense and the Warriors turned the ball over twice in the game.

TEAMS                3           Final
Widener    13     0      0      3      16
Lycoming   7     0      0      7      14

Warriors in the Rankings
Lycoming ranks first in the conference in eight different categories. The Warriors top national ranking comes in sacks, where the team averages 5.00 per game.The defense also ranks eighth in the nation in total defense, allowing just 218.33 yards per game and 27th in rush defense (74.00 ypg).

Ray Bierbach and Josh Dixon have the Warriors ranked 20th in the nation in punt returns, averaging 14.20 yards per return.

Lycoming leads the MAC in rushing offense (164.00 ypg), total offense (364.33 ypg), rushing defense (74.00 ypg), pass efficiency defense (101.49), total defense (218.33 ypg), punt returns (14.20 ypr) and sacks (5.0 spg).

Josh Kleinfelter ranks 17th in the nation and leads the MAC in rushing and leads the conference at 134.00 yards per game.

Bierbach ranks fifth in the nation and leads the league in punt returns, averaging 20.50 yards per return.

Scott Erikson is tied for 18th in Division III for field goals, averaging 1.00 per game.

Last Time Out For Widener
The Pride rebounded from a 41-9 lossagainst No.15 Wesley to pick up a 30-24win against Frostburg State on the road last Saturday, Sept. 27.

A big first half was key for Widener as the team scored 13 points in the first quarter and 10 in the second quarter. Frostuburg State mounted a comeback, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter, but fell short.

Fullback Ian Decker led the way for the Pride, carrying the ball 25 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns on the day. The team totaled 147 rushing yards.

Quarterback Bob Brice was efficient, completing 11-of-19 passes for 127 yards. His favorite target on the day was Marcus Payton, who caught four passes for 44 yards.

Widener’s fourth touchdown came from Joe Favinger, who returned an interception 12 yards for a score. Widener was outgained 319-274 in the game, but managed to cause five turnovers in the game, including three fumbles and two interceptions. Fred Ferro led the defense with eight total tackles while Keith Wilson added seven tackles and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 18 yards.

TEAM                          3      4      Final
Widener            13    10      7      0      30
Frostburg State 3       7       0     14     24

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