Warriors upend FDU-Florham with offensive fireworks

RB Josh Klienfelter ran for 178 yards in the 48-28 win against FDU-Florham

RB Josh Klienfelter ran for 178 yards in the 48-28 win against FDU-Florham

MADISON, N.J. – Colin Dwyer threw four touchdown passes and Josh Kleinfelter ran for 178 yards as the Warriors upended FDU-Florham, 48-28, on Saturday Nov. 1, to take control of the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The offensive onslaught of 449 total yards for Lycoming produced the highest number of points scored in a game since the final game of the 2002 season, when the Warriors defeated Juniata 55-24.

Dwyer (Dalton, Pa.) completed 14-of-30 attempts for 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns before giving way to Tim Hook (Harrisburg, Pa.) late in the game.

Ryan Wagaman (Aspers, Pa.) had a career-day as well, catching three touchdown passes and finishing the game with 92 yards on six receptions.

Kleinfelter (Bellwood, Pa.) carried the ball 20 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per carry.

The Warriors advanced into the red zone on six occasions and came away with points on all six trips.

Lycoming opened the game with a five-play, 70-yard scoring drive that took just 2:14 off the clock. Kleinfelter punched it in from three yards out and Scott Erikson (New Providence, N.J.) added the extra point to put the Warriors up 7-0.

The Devils responded with a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive, capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bill Winters to Rob Eck. The extra point tied the game, 7-7, with 8:52 left in the first. That drive would be the only successful scoring drive for Florham until midway through the third quarter.

The Warriors put two more touchdowns on the board in the first quarter. First, Dwyer hit Brad Shellenberger (Lock Haven, Pa.) from four yards out to cap a 10-play, 66-yard drive. Erikson’s PAT put Lycoming up 14-7 with 2:03 to play.

The defense held, forcing a punt on Florham’s next possession.

Ed Grambo (Moosic, Pa.) broke through the line and blocked the punt and Brice Rickard (Equinunk, Pa.) recovered the loose ball to set the Warriors up on the Devil’s 20-yard line.

Dwyer wasted no time, connecting with Wagaman on a 20-yard scoring strike on the first play. Erikson hit the PAT to make the score 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The defense forced a three-and-out on the Devils’ next possession and Lycoming took over on its own 46-yard line after a punt.

Two 15-yard penalties on Florham led to Dwyer’s third touchdown of the day when he hit Wagaman from 14 yards out. Erikson’s kick was no good, leaving the score 27-7 with 13:27 to play.

The Devils advanced to the Lycoming 31-yard line on their next possession before Nick Reese (Shenandoah, Pa.) jumped a route and intercepted Winters’ pass.

After trading possessions twice, Florham advanced to the Lycoming 31-yard line late in the quarter, but Ben Rosa (Honesdale, Pa.) forced a fumble by Winters that was recovered by Kyle Murren (Hughesville, Pa.) to give Lycoming possession to end the half.

The defense forced a punt from Florham to open the second half and the offense capitalized with its first touchdown drive in the second half since a third-quarter score against Susquehanna in the second game of the season.

Kleinfelter carried the ball for 27 yards on the drive with Jim Laky (North Wales, Pa.) added 17 rushing yards on the drive. Kleinfelter capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown rush. Erikson’s kick put Lycoming up 34-7 with 6:35 left in the third.

Florham mounted its second scoring drive of the afternoon on its next possession. Winters connected with Rob Eck from seven yards out to bring the score to 34-14.

The Devils could not keep momentum as the Lycoming offense continued to score on its next drive.

Kleinfelter gained nine yards on the first two plays of the drive before breaking a 64-yard touchdown run on a third-and-one. Erikson’s kick made the score 41-14 with just over five minutes left in the third.

Another defensive stand gave Lycoming the ball again in the quarter.

Dwyer hit Sean Saylor (Springfield, Pa.) for 39-yards to set up an 18-yard touchdown pass to Wagaman with just over a minute left in the third. Erikson’s kick put Lycoming up 48-14.

Winters threw a pass into the end zone to start the fourth quarter by Scott Kish (Phillipsburg, N.J.) intercepted the pass for a touchback.

Florham managed two scoring drives in the fourth, both capped by touchdown passes from Winters.

For the first time this season, Lycoming committed zero turnovers and finished the game with a positive figure in the turnover margin column, intercepting Winters twice and recovering one fumble.

The Warriors scored on 100% of their chances in the red zone, converting on each of the team’s six trips inside the 20.

Lycoming finished with 241 passing yards and 208 rushing yards while Florham finished with 326 passing yards and 57 rushing yards.

Laky carried the ball 11 times for 30 yards and Saylor pulled down three catches for a career-high 67 receiving yards.

Ben Rosa led the defensive effort with 10 total tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Reese had seven total tackles and one interception.

Anthony Marascio (Philadelphia, Pa.), Chris Tribanas (Lansdale, Pa.) and Jared Strayer (Enola, Pa.) each recorded a sack.

With the win, Lycoming improves to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the MAC while Florham drops to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Warriors sit atop the league standings with Albright, after the Lions defeated Lebanon Valley on Saturday. Lycoming holds the tie-breaker over Albright by virtue of a 23-13 win on Oct. 11.

The Warriors can clinch at least a share of the regular season MAC title with a win at King’s next Saturday, Nov. 8. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.Notes: Lycoming equaled or outgained its opponent for the eighth time in eight games … Many of the first and second string players sat out the fourth quarter … the win was the third-straight over Florham … Lycoming leads the overall series 18-5 … the win was the 319th in program history … four TD passes is a career-high for Dwyer … three TD catches is a career-high for Wagaman … 48 points is the most scored in a game since a 55 point performance against Juniata in 2002 … 21 third quarter points was more than the team has scored in the third quarter all season (20 entering the game) … three offensive touchdowns in the third broke a six-week stretch of no offensive TDs for the Warriors … six wins this season doubles the wins from 2007 (3-7 overall).

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