Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Race For Lycoming's 15th MAC title

Sr QB Tyler Jenny Scores against Albright
Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Wiser '74 helped Lycoming College win the 300th game of his 44-year career on Saturday, Oct. 26, against Albright. As a player, he helped the team win nine games from 1970-73 and since 1974, he has helped win 291 as an assistant coach.
Senior kicker/punter Zack Czap stepped intol the national spotlight again when he hit a game-tying 35-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in regulation and then added a 29-yarder to help the Warriors post a 20-17 overtime win against Albright on Saturday, Oct. 29. For his efforts, Czap earned a school-record eighth MAC Special Teams Player of the Week award and he became the first player in school history to earn two Beyond Sport Network Athlete of the Week awards in a season.

Race for 100
Three Lycoming College defensive players enter today's game with a shot at reaching 100 career tackles. Junior safety Tanner Troutman and senior linebacker Tyler Denikeeach have 99 and junior linebacker Kyle Sullivan is right behind them with 95.

The hammer report
Junior Craig Needhammer got back on track with a 27-carry, 109-yard game against Albright, giving him five 100-yard performances this season. That mark leaves him tied for fourth in school history, behind Brian Thompson (8, 1997), Troy Erdman (6, 1989) and Jared Morris (2002).

A tough road
All seven of the Warriors' Middle Atlantic Conference games this season have come at times when their opponent was either tied for first in the MAC (Wilkes, 0-0; Widener, 2-0; Delaware Valley, 3-0) or one game behind (Misericordia, 0-1; Lebanon Valley, 3-1; Albright, 3-2; King's, 4-2) in the conference standings.

About the race for 15
The loss to Lebanon Valley on Oct. 12 has dropped the Warriors into a three-way tie for first place in the MAC with Widener and Lebanon Valley heading into week eight. The loss makes several tiebreaking scenarios a possibility at the end of the regular season to decide the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Two things are for certain, though - it is still too early to tell which team in the conference will walk away with the league title and if the Warriors win out, they can do no worse than share a piece of the school's 15th MAC title.