Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Warrior pair earn slots on Team of the Week

Senior Dwight Hentz earned a slot on the Team of the Week.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College football seniors defensive tackle Dwight Hentz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area) and kicker Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola) have earned their second national honors for their play in the 16-14 upset win over No. 24 Widener, as both earned slots on the Team of the Week, the website announced late on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Both players, who were named MAC Players of the Week and Beyond Sports Network Athletes of the Week, were also named to the honorable mention portion of USA College Football’s National Players of the Week, along with sophomore wide receiver Ryan Umpleby (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston).

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.

Hentz follows in a long tradition of defensive linemen on the Team of the Week, as the team has now had one lineman earn a slot in each of the last three years.
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.
Czap is the first Warrior kicker to earn a slot on the Team of the Week since the award’s creation in 1999.

Umpleby notched eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown against the Pride. 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 (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.