Monday, September 30, 2013

Hentz, Czap earn BSN Athlete of the Week nods

Senior Zack Czap earned Beyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week honors Monday.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A day after both players earned Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors, Lycoming College football seniors defensive tackle Dwight Hentz(Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area) and kicker/punter Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola) earned Beyond Sport Network Athlete of the Week nods, the website announced on Monday, Sept. 30.

Hentz had a monster game against No. 24 Widener, posting 3.5 sacks and six tackles to lead the Warriors to a 16-14 win. Hentz helped pace a defensive line that posted five sacks against nationally-ranked Widener and also helped stop the Pride's rushing game, allowing just 15 yards on the ground in the game.  Maybe most importantly, Hentz performed in crunch time, posting two fourth-quarter sacks, as he became the 24th player in school history to reach 15 career sacks in the game.

Czap, who has earned a school-record seven weekly citations from the MAC, picked up his first national honors thanks to one of his best games as a Warrior. Having not attempted a field goal all season, Czap tied the school's single-game record with three, his last a 33-yarder with 2:24 left to lift the Warriors to the win over Widener. He also hit a first-quarter field goal from 44 and a second-quarter field goal from 31, plus he added an extra point, as he accounted for 10 of the team's 16 points in the win. He also helped the Warriors win the battle of field position, blasting seven punts, two inside the 20, for an average of 38.4 yards, averaging two more yards per punt than Widener's counterpart.

The pair are the fourth and fifth individuals to earn a slot on BSN Athlete of the Week slot, joining wide receiver Warren Oliver (Sept. 13, 2011), defensive lineman Anthony Marascio (Oct. 18, 2011) and defensive lineman Nate Oropollo (Sept. 10, 2012).

The Warriors (3-1 overall, 3-0 MAC) get back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they face No. 16/21 Delaware Valley in a battle for solo possession of first place in the MAC at David Person Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.