Friday, September 27, 2013

Lycoming Team Primed and Ready for Widener Classic

#39 Tanner Troutman, #20 Kabongo Bukasa and #27 Kyle Sullivan will play a big part in a solid defense Saturday.
Philadelphia, PA - I had an exciting trip to my motel at the Philadelphia airport. Headed out on Route 80, then turned down the Northeast Extension towards Allentown. Beautiful day with the leaves on the trees changing colors. Then a strange thing happened to me. I managed to get off the turnpike without paying. I never came to an exit ramp with a toll booth taker. I am not sure how that could possible happen. Maybe they are out looking for me!

I did a lot of clerical work at a Starbucks and enjoyed the afternoon. For dinner, I found a nice Italian restaurant and ordered a Blue Moon and some Calamari with marinara sauce. Then had my main meal. and headed to Starbucks for some decaf to help me scratch out this quick update. I will head back to the motel soon and the Lycoming Football team should be there.
I have a good feeling about the game tomorrow. Offensively, QB Tyler Jenny is very sharp and I believe he will have a big game. Our running attach lead by Jr. Criag Needhammer is a force that Widener must contend with. Then if Widener covers the run, the passing game to three very good wide receivers with give the Widener defense all they can handle.  Look for big games from Matt Atkinson, John Sibel and Ryan Umpleby. That threesome who I wrote about earlier this week are "Chunksters." They can break loose for 20, 30 or 40 yards a the snap of the ball. They are getting better and better each week. Look out for them.

Our defense is prime for a big turnover game and Coach Wiser will have them ready to stick to the game plan. They will probable try to force Widener to run the ball by taking away the passing if they can. In case you missed the Widener scouting report, Junior Anthony Davis is an electric receiver, as he leads the MAC and is ninth in Division III in all-purpose yards at 206.0 per game. He also leads the league in receptions per game (10.7) and receiving yards per game (112.3). Lyco's defense will have to put pressure on QB Seth Klein. He has been impressive early this season, as he leads the MAC with averages of 31.0 completions and 261.3 passing yards per game. He is also fourth in passing efficiency at 130.1.

Turnovers and sacks will be a big key to the success of the Warriors. If they can win the takeaway statistics, I believe they will come out on top in this game. It will be an interesting and exciting game, typical of a Widener - Lycoming rivalry. So I hope you are ready for some great Division III football. I certainly am looking forward to the coverage. See you at the field.