Sunday, October 6, 2013

Warriors enter poll at No. 24

#78 Jr OL Matt Bloom from Frenchtown, NJ ready to block for #23 Jr RB Craig Needhammer who gets the ball from #7 Jr QB Tyler Jenny  
The top 25 poll is online at:
 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After its second straight win over a team ranked in the Top 25, the Lycoming College football team has entered the poll, placing 24th in the poll with 32 points, the website announce Sunday night, Oct. 6.

 The Warriors (4-1 overall, 4-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) are in the poll for the first time since being ranked 22nd after the first week of the 2004 season. The Warriors are the lone team in the poll from the MAC and the state of Pennsylvania.

Lycoming, which is in sole possession of first place in the MAC for the first time since 2008, has a one-game lead over Delaware Valley, Lebanon Valley and Widener in the conference standings as the calendar turns to the second half of the season.

The Warriors reached the top 25 with a pair of impressive wins, outlasting No. 24 Widener, 16-14, on Saturday, Sept. 28, and No. 21 Delaware Valley, 19-16.

Lycoming has earned votes in the poll in each of the six seasons under the guidance of head coach Mike Clark. The Warriors picked up votes in four weeks during the 2012 season and during three weeks in 2011. The 2010 squad earned a vote after Week 7 and the 2009 team earned votes in the preseason poll. The 2008 MAC Championship squad earned votes in three weeks of the season.

The road to Lycoming's 15th MAC title is not even half over, though, and will include another tough test on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Warriors head to Lebanon Valley for a 1 p.m. tilt. It will also serve as Homecoming for the Dutchmen, who enter the game with a 4-1 overall mark and a 3-1 league mark.