NCAA Playoff Notes: Lycoming Warriors at Hobart Statesmans

D3 Football - Lycoming Warriors

D3 Football - Lycoming Warriors

The Series Between Lycoming and Hobart
As difficult as it is to believe that two schools with such prominent football history, separated by less than three hours, have never met … this will be the first meeting between the two teams.Back to the Playoffs Lycoming returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The Warriors clinched the MAC’s automatic bid after claiming their 14th league title. Lycoming boasts an overall playoff record of 13-11 with two trips to the National Championship game. The Warriors dropped a heartbreaking 21-14 overtime game against Allegheny in 1990 and were beaten 61-12 against Mount Union in 1997.

Last Time in the Playoffs
In 2003, Lycoming defeated East Texas Baptist in the opening round before falling to Bridgewater, 13-9, in the second round. Less than 24 hours before the Bridgewater game, the Warriors top receiver, Ricky Lanetti, lost his life unexpectedly. After a snow storm made the field unplayable on Saturday, the game was moved to Sunday and played in front of a small crowd at David Person Field.

Warriors Last Time Out
Lycoming clinched a three-way share of the MAC title and a trip to the NCAA Playoffs with a 23-15 win against Lebanon Valley on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Person Field.

The Warriors were outgained 340-296, but managed a come-from-behind win with a 10-point performance in the fourth quarter. Scott Erikson hit a 23 yard field goal and Jim Daley returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the win. Trailing 16-15 with two minutes to play, Lebanon Valley began a potential game-winning drive.

Daley intercepted a pass at the 13-yard line and took it in to ice the game. Josh Kleinfelter rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and became the first running back since 2002 to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season. Colin Dwyer completed 16-of-31 passes for 220 yards and Ryan Wagaman caught seven passes for 100 yards. Kleinfelter and Wagaman combined for 241 yards of total offense in the game. The defense kept the Warriors in the game, recording three interceptions in the wet and sloppy conditions. Daley was joined by TJ Doyle and Travis Leonarczyk with picks.

Erikson was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts (28, 24, 23) and scored 11 of the team’s points. Daley led the defense with 12 total tackles. Ben Rosa had 11 tackles and Chris Tribanas had 2.0 tackles for a loss.

                         1  2  3  4  Final
Lebanon Valley 7  6  2  0  15
Lycoming          3 10 0 10 23

Perfect at Home
Lycoming closed out the 2008 season with a perfect home record of 5-0, running its home winning streak to eight straight games dating back to the final three games of the 2007 season. The Warriors were 2-3 on the road this season New York State of Mind The Warriors last win in the state of New York came on October 7, 1995, a 38-26 win at Hartwick.

Since then, Lycoming has only played two games in New York, both at Ithaca. The Warriors dropped a 49-7 decision in 2004 and lost the opener this season, 17-16, to the Bombers.

Overnight Trips
Lycoming finished the regular season with a 2-3 road record. Both of those wins came on weekends that the team traveled to the opponent on the Friday before the game (Widener and FDU-Florham). The Warriors will look to make it 3-for-3 on overnights this weekend as the team will travel to Geneva on Friday.

A Warrior Win This Week Would…
– Be the first playoff win since November of 2003
– Set up a second round game with the winner of Mount Union & Randolph Macon
– Be the eighth win in the career of head coach Mike Clark
– Be the 321st win in Lycoming football history.
– Improve the Warriors to 14-11 all-time in the NCAA Playoffs
– Be the first win in New York State since October 7, 1995

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Hobart’s Last Time Out
Hobart clinched its third-straight Liberty League title with a 10-7 victory in its rival game with Rochester on Saturday, Nov. 15, on a sloppy Boswell Field. The Statesmen rallied back from a 7-0 defecit to score 10 second half points.

Rochester scored in the first quarter and Hobart would not get on the board until there were six minutes left in the third quarter. Rich Doyle put the Statesmen on the board with a two-yard scoring rush. Connor Callahan sealed the win with a 20-yard field goal with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter.

The sloppy conditions contributed to an awful offensive game for both teams, with Rochester edging Hobart 199-143 in total offense. Andrew Marlier carried the ball 21 times for 65 yards for Hobart, while Doyle added six rushes for 11 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. He completed 10-of-21 pass attempts for 84 yards with one interception. Doug Vella also saw time at quarterback, completing 2-of-7 passes for four yards with one interception.

Tyler Vincent caught six passes for 60 yards. Mike Lazore was the only other receiver with more than one catch, pulling down two passes for three yards. Vincent also punted the bal five times for an average of 36.2 yards per kick. Lance Boyington returned five punts for 39 yards and had one interception with a 24 yard return. Jeff Sanders led the defense with 15 total tackles and two fumble recoveries.

                 1 2 3 4 Final
Rochester 7 0 0 0 7
Hobart      0 0 7 3 10

Scouting the Hobart Statesmen
Hobart enters this week ranked 23rd in the latest poll. The Statesmen offense puts up 318.3 yards per game while the defense allows 275.7. The offense is a balanced attack that averages 189.2 yards through the air and 129.1 on the ground.

The defense gives up more yards rushing than passing, allowing 142.9 on the ground and 132.8 through the air.

Anthony Hobaica leads the team in rushing with 116 carries for 494 yards and three scores, but has not played in the last two games. Andrew Marlier has filled in during those games and has 116 carries
for 421 yards and four scores. Rich Doyle has 52 carries for 147 yards and four touchdowns. Doyle is the starting quarterback but the team has also used Doug Vella in six games. Doyle is 143-of-259 for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Vella is 9-of-22 for 86 yards, one score and one pick.

Tyler Vincent is the top receiver with 46 catches for 518 yards and six touchdowns. Zach Schulz has 35 grabs for 397 yards and three scores and Matt Duliba has 19 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Drake Woodward was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year after leading the league with seven interceptions. Justin Hager leads the defense with 105 total tackles. Ryan Robinson has 14.0 tackles for a loss and Ryan Aruck has 8.0 tackles for a loss. Lance Boyington has five interceptions on the year.

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