Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lycoming Football - Warriors vs. Lebanon Valley Preview

Senior Tanner Troutman became the ninth player in school history to pick off 15 passes in a career with his interception at Misericordia.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - In a battle of the 2013 co-Middle Atlantic Conference champions, the Lycoming College football team will take on Lebanon Valley on Saturday, Nov. 1, on Senior Day at David Person Field.

The Warriors (6-2 overall, 5-2 MAC) are coming off a dominating performance in a 28-14 win over Misericordia. The team ran for 386 yards, thanks to a career-high 239 yards from senior Craig Needhammer and a career-high 149 from sophomore Blake Bowman.

The Flying Dutchmen (3-5 overall, 3-4 MAC) are coming off a 63-21 win over FDU-Florham. Sophomore Brendon Irving notched his third straight 100-yard game, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team.

Warrior Notes
• The Warriors are 5-1 on Senior Day under head coach Mike Clark.

• Senior Tanner Troutman became the ninth player in school history to pick off 15 passes in a career with his interception at Misericordia.

• Senior Craig Needhammer tied Brian Thompson's record of 15 career 100-yard rushing games set from 1995-98 with his 239-yard game at Misericordia.

• Needhammer also posted 304 all-purpose yards at Misericordia, becoming the first player in school history to cross the 300-yard mark.

• Senior Tyler Jenny needs two more touchdown passes to become the 10th player in program history to notch 20 in a season.

• Junior Ryan Umpleby needs two more receptions to become the 13th player in school history to post 50 in a season.

• Junior Cole Welham needs two more sacks to become the 24th player in school history to post 10 in a season.

Scouting Lycoming
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Style

The Warriors enter the week third in the Middle Atlantic Conference with a scoring average of 30.1 points per game, while the team's 405.5 yards of total offense also ranks third.

Senior Craig Needhammer is one of the most versatile players in the MAC, as he is fourth in the league in rushing yards (114.8) and fourth in kickoff return yardage (26.0), leaving him with 176.63 all-purpose yards per game, which is 11th in Division III.

Senior Tyler Jenny is enjoying a fine season at quarterback, as he leads the MAC with a 64.2 completion percentage. He is third in the MAC in passing efficiency (154.0) and passing yards per game (233.5). He has one of the best receivers in the MAC to throw to, as junior Ryan Umpleby is fourth in the MAC in touchdowns (6) and fifth in receiving yards (719).

Defense: 4-3
The Warriors feature one of the top defenses in the league, entering the week third in total defense (314.6), third in scoring defense (18.8), third in rushing defense (120.1) and fifth in passing efficiency defense (117.70).

The Warriors have one of the best defensive lines in the country, as the team is ninth in the nation in sacks at 3.63 per game, and third in the MAC with 7.4 tackles for loss per contest. Junior Cole Welham is tied for the league lead with 1.0 sack per game. Senior Jimmy Nottingham and junior Tyler O'Connell are seventh and ninth in the league in the category, respectively, with Nottingham posting 0.57 and O'Connell 0.50 sacks per game.

Junior safety Mike Gentile has been a welcome addition to the backfield, as he is second in the MAC in interceptions with four.

Scouting Lebanon Valley
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Set
Lebanon Valley enters the game ranked fourth in the MAC in scoring offense (29.9), fourth in total offense (379.4), third in rushing offense (183.5), and seventh in passing offense (195.9).

The team is led by senior quarterback Brian Murphy, who is fourth in the conference with a 141.2 passing efficiency and 17 touchdowns. He is seventh in the league with an average of 191.4 yards passing per game.

The Dutchmen have one of the MAC's best running backs in sophomore Brendan Irving, who is second in the league with an average of 116.6 rushing yards per game and third with eight touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Tyler George is third in the league with an average of 92.9 receiving yards per contest and he is second with 11 touchdowns.

Defense: 3-4
A year after the Dutchmen had one of the best defensive units in the conference which helped the team claim its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, the Dutchmen sit fifth in the conference in scoring defense (24.9), fourth in total defense (315.0), second in rushing defense (114.5) and second in pass efficiency defense (112.97).

Senior Frank Gaffney leads the team out of the linebacker position, averaging 8.5 tackles per game. The Preseason All-American also has 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. The aggressive defense has posted 53 tackles for loss this season, led by 8.0 from senior defensive end Andrew Livingston. Senior cornerback D.J. Johnson leads the team with three interceptions.

A Winning Season
The Warriors clinched the program's fifth straight winning season with the 28-14 win over Misericordia. The current five-year streak is the second-longest in program history, as legendary former head coach Frank Girardi led the team to 29 consecutive winning seasons from 1975-2003.

The Hammer watch
Senior Craig Needhammer, who holds the school's career rushing touchdowns (36), total touchdowns (39), points scored (234) and all-purpose yards (4,828) records, has his eyes on a few more standards his senior year is nearing a close. Needhammer's 15 100-yard rushing games is tied for the school record that was set by Brian Thompson (1995-98). He is also 285 rushing yards shy of Kleinfelter's mark of 3,665 yards.

He had arguably the best game of his career against Misericordia in his last outing, as he became the first player in school history to post 300 all-purpose yards in a game, posting 239 on the ground (third-best in program history), three receiving and 62 on kick returns. He also became just the third player in school history to post 10 rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons during the game.

Top 10 receiver
Junior Ryan Umpleby has been on a roll, as the wide receiver has racked up 392 yards through the air in his last three games. The Forest Hill, Md., native is beginning to edge into the Lycoming record book, with his 719 yards this year 14th in the school record book and just 60 yards from the top 10. He also has 1,338 yards in his career, leaving him 74 yards from Vic Olear's mark of 1,412 yards set from 1986-89, which is ninth in school history. With 886 all-purpose yards, he is 114 total yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in school history to notch two 1,000-yard seasons in a career.

Jenny's numbers
Heading into his final two games as a Warrior, senior Tyler Jenny has left his mark as one of the finest quarterbacks in school history. In three years as the team's starter, Jenny has posted a 21-7 (.750) record. His 63.1 career completion percentage and 146.3 pass efficiency rating are both school records. He needs just 132 passing yards to become the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for 2,000 or more yards twice in a season. He joined Ed Dougherty as the only quarterbacks in program history to pass for 15 or more touchdowns in three seasons earlier this year.