Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hentz, Czap earn MAC Player of the Week honors

#64 Dwight Hentz(Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A 3.5 sack effort and a three field-goal game, respectively, were enough to help Lycoming College football players, seniors defensive tackle Dwight Hentz(Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area) and kicker/punter Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola), earn the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week nods, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Sunday, Sept. 28. In addition, sophomore wide receiver Ryan Umpleby (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) earned a spot on the MAC Weekly Honor Roll.

Hentz picked up his second career MAC Defensive Player of the Week after having 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.

Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola)
Czap earned his school-record seventh weekly citation from the MAC, as he had one of the best games of his career 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.

Umpleby earned a spot on the weekly honor roll, after notching eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 33-yard reception in second quarter to give the Warriors a 13-0 lead and had four receptions for a first down in the game. Also working as a kick and punt returner, Umpleby finished with 198 all-purpose yards.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they face No. 16/22 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.