Warriors upset No. 22 Delaware Valley in Mudbowl at Person Field

Lycoming Football

Lycoming Football

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Scott Erikson’s 18-yard field goal midway through the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Lycoming College football team earned a 10-7 upset win against No. 22 Delaware Valley College in a Midd­le Atlantic Conference game played in a steady downpour at David Person Field.

The win improved the Warriors to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play, moving them into a three-way tie with Albright College and Lebanon Valley College for first place in the MAC. The loss was the second straight for the Aggies, who were ranked 13th last week entering their game with FDU-Florham, as they fell out of first and saw their record drop to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Delaware Valley took the opening kickoff and drove 66 yards on 13 plays, using more than seven minutes of the clock. The Aggies converted three third-down plays and then used an Adam Smith 23-yard run to put the ball at the Lycoming six-yard line. A sack by Ben Rosa (Honesdale, Pa.) moved the ball back to the 10, but Mike Isgro hit Smith for a nine-yard pass to the one-yard line. Matt Cook plunged into the end zone on the next play and Shane Toohey added the extra point to put Delaware Valley up 7-0 with 7:54 remaining in the first quarter.

The Warriors tied the contest with 25 seconds remaining in the quarter as quarterback Colin Dwyer (Dalton, Pa.) snuck into the end zone from one-yard out to conclude an eight-play, 67-yard drive. Erikson (New Providence, N.J.) added the point after.

Midway through the second quarter, Lycoming had the opportunity to take the lead as a low snap on an Aggie punt resulted in a block by Adam Paulhamaus (Watsontown, Pa.). The Warriors recovered the ball at the Delaware Valley 15-yard line. Dwyer’s first pass of the series was intercepted by Anthony Byers in the end zone and returned back to the Aggie 23-yard line.

A pair if Aggie penalties moved the ball back to the seven-yard line before a fumble on the snap was recovered by Ted Guerds (Douglassville, Pa.) at the five-yard line to give the Warriors a first-and-goal opportunity. A pair of tackles in the backfield and an incomplete pass forced Lycoming to try a 22-yard field goal. Erikson’s kick missed wide left. It was the second missed field goal attempt in the game after a 41-yard attempt in the opening quarter went left.

The first half ended with a 7-7 tie.

Lycoming took its first lead of the game with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors took over at the Aggie 45-yard line and drove down inside the five before the drive stalled. Erikson connected from 18 yards out to put Lycoming up 10-7 with 7:14 left in the third.

On the ensuing possession, the Aggies reached the Warrior 33-yard line and went for it on a fourth-and-five. However, Isgro’s pass to Adam Smith fell incomplete and Lycoming took over on downs.

It stayed a three-point game heading into the fourth and the Warriors had a chance to add to the lead when they entered the red zone. However, Delaware Valley’s defense held again and Erikson’s 32-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Reuter with 10:45 to go.

The Aggie offense stalled near midfield and Corey Heard’s punt was downed at the Lycoming four-yard line. The Warriors faced a third-and-10 and Dwyer’s pass fell incomplete, but a pass interference penalty was called on Delaware Valley. The Aggies were also called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play, giving Lycoming the ball at its own 34-yard line. The drive stalled at the 38 and Delaware Valley took over on its own 43 following a short punt with 4:48 left in the contest.

A 13-yard pass from Isgro to Chad Peterman put the ball in Warrior territory at the 44-yard line. The Aggies faced a fourth-and-six from the 40, but Isgro’s pass to Peterman fell incomplete and Lycoming took over with 2:34 to go. The Warriors converted on a third-and-one, and Delaware Valley was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving Lycoming a first down at the Delaware Valley 35-yard line. With the Aggies having used their final timeout, the Warriors were then able to run out the clock with three Dwyer kneel downs.

The pouring rain and muddy field conditions contributed to 11 total fumbles, mostly on dropped snaps. The Aggies fumbled the ball seven times (lost two) while the Warriors fumbled four times, retaining possession each time.

The Aggies posted 233 yards of total offense on 68 plays and held the ball for 33:18, while Lycoming also gained 233 yards, running 55 plays in 26:42 of possession.

The Warriors finished the game with 102 rushing yards and 131 passing yards while Delaware Valley had 115 rushing yards and 118 passing yards.

Josh Kleinfelter (Bellwood, Pa.) carried the ball 21 times for 75 yards while Mark Rosa (Honesdale, Pa.) added two carries for 36 yards. Kleinfelter also caught three passes for 41 yards.

Dwyer completed 12-of-20 attempts for 131 yards with one interception. He also rushed for a touchdown.
Brad Shellenberger (Lock Haven, Pa.) caught three passes for 43 yards with Ryan Wagaman (Aspers, Pa.) pulling down three receptions for 33 yards.

The defense was led by Nick Reese (Shenandoah, Pa.), who finished the game with 13 total tackles, including 3.0 tackles for a loss. He also has one pass break-up. Ben Rosa recorded seven total tackles, including 1.0 sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Geurds and Jared Strayer (Enola, Pa.) each recorded a fumble.

Lycoming’s win snaps a losing streak of five consecutive seasons against the Aggies.

The Warriors will travel to Madison, N.J. next Saturday, Nov. 1, for a 1 p.m. kickoff at FDU-Florham.
 
Notes: Saturday marked the first time all season that the Warriors did not outgain their opponent (233-233 after three kneel downs for minus five yards to end the game) … one turnover was the fewest in a game this season … the win was the first over Delaware Valley since 2002 … Lycoming now leads the over series 30-15-1 … it was the first game of the season that the Warrior offense did not gain 300 yards … the defense held the opposition under 300 yards for the sixth time in seven games … Lycoming has now won seven-straight games at David Person field, dating back to last season … the College held a “Tackle Breast Cancer” event at the game, with the American Cancer Society handing out information and selling shirts to raise money for the fight against cancer … breast cancer survivors from Lycoming County were honored on the field at halftime … both schools wore pink ribbon stickers on their helmets.

Photos at http://lycoming.edu/athletics/football

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