Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lycoming Scouting Report Against Misericordia

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Scouting Lycoming
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Style
While rolling up 459 yards of total offense against Wilkes, the Warriors used a balanced offense to help the team to the 34-18 win.

The Warriors ran the ball 41 times during the contest, reeling in 154 rushing yards, led by 130 on 27 carries from junior Craig Needhammer. The 5-7 back is second in the MAC with 108.0 rushing yards per game.

Junior Tyler Jenny also had a standout day, passing for 305 yards and moving amongst the league leaders at quarterback. He is second in the conference with a 140.72 pass efficiency rating and a 65.5 percent completion percentage.
Two receivers are in the top 10 in the league in yards per game, as senior Matt Atkinson is tied for fifth at 85.0 and sophomore Ryan Umpleby is eighth at 65.0.

Defense: 4-3
The Warrior defense had a strong outing against the Colonels, allowing 259 yards. Just three of the Colonels' drives lasted for more than six plays. The Warriors also scored their first defensive touchdown since 2011 when senior C.J. Arhontakis ran an interception back 91 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Junior Braden Zeiner had a breakthrough day, notching three tackles for loss and two sacks.

The team also got a boost with the return of senior middle linebacker Kabongo Bukasa, who made five stops and had a half-sack with junior Jimmy Nottingham. Nottingham also added four tackles in the game.

Senior Tyler Denike has led the team in tackles in each of the first two games, averaging 9.0 per contest.

Scouting Misericordia
Offense: Multiple

Through the season's first two weeks, Misericordia has shown off one of the most powerful running games in the MAC, led by sophomore quarterback Jeff Puckett.

In the first week of the season, the Cougars set a MAC record by rolling up 587 rushing yards in a 62-40 loss to Gettysburg. Puckett's five rushing touchdowns tied the MAC single-game record and his 301 yards tied the sixth-highest single-game total ever.

He continued to prove a tricky person to defend against 25th-ranked Delaware Valley, as he notched 159 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Robin Custodio added 26 carries for 96 yards in the 42-17 loss, as the Cougars lead the conference with 478.5 rushing yards per game.

Puckett is a dual threat, as he has completed 11-of-19 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Defense: Multiple
The Cougars have allowed 52.0 points per game through the first two games. The team has allowed 650 rushing yards and 533 passing yards and are last in the conference in scoring defense and total defense. However, the Cougars are tied for sixth in the league with one interception and eighth in sacks with two.

The defense has been led by sophomore safety Ben Camacho, who has posted 19 tackles and an interception. Fellow sophomore safety Brandon Salazar has added 12 stops and one tackle for loss.

The team's linebacking corps of sophomore Hunter Pates and freshman Rob Hart have combined for 28 tackles and three tackles for loss.