Thursday, October 1, 2015

Lycoming Football - Warriors look to rebound in road trip to Lebanon Valley

A WOLnews File Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Coming off a tough loss to 25th-ranked Albright, the Lycoming College football team will look to get back on track when it heads to Lebanon Valley for a Middle Atlantic Conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

The Warriors (1-3 overall, 1-2 MAC) racked up 345 yards of total offense in a 32-10 loss to Albright, but were able to find the endzone only once, on a 65-yard reception by senior Ryan Umpleby. JuniorChase Whiteman completed 10-of-20 passing for 199 yards in the game.

The Dutchmen (1-3 overall, 1-2 MAC) are also coming off a tough 27-17 loss at Widener. Junior Brendon Irving ran for 115 yards on 15 carries.

Game Notes
• Sophomore Mike Ward leads the MAC in passes defended, averaging 1.8 per game.

• Junior Chase Whiteman is second in the MAC with a 127.00 passing efficiency rating and leads the league with an average of 13.94 yards per pass completion.

• Seniors Pat Whalen and Ryan Umpleby are both in the top five in the MAC in receiving yards, with Whalen fourth at 73.0 per game and Umpleby fifth at 63.8.

• The Warriors have scored touchdowns on pass plays of more than 50 yards in each of the last two weeks.

• Junior Jon Rummel has been in on a sack in three of the four games this year.

• Sophomore Johnathan Zedar notched a career-high five tackles and two breakups against Albright.

• Senior Ryan Umpleby is 77 yards shy of becoming the 10th player in school history to reach 3,000 all-purpose yards in a career.

Scouting Lycoming
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Style
Lycoming is seventh in the MAC in scoring offense (21.3), sixth in total offense (353.8), fourth in rushing offense (161.0) and fifth in passing offense (192.8).

Junior quarterback Chase Whiteman is second in the MAC with a 127.0 passing efficiency rating and he is fourth in the league with a 56.8 completion percentage.

Junior running back Blake Bowman is fifth in the MAC with 83.3 yards per game and he is tied for the league lead with four touchdowns. Senior Pat Whalen is fourth in the league with 73.0 receiving yards per game and he has two 40-yard plus receptions in the past two games.

Defense: 4-3
Lycoming is ninth in the MAC in scoring defense (30.5), sixth in total defense (380.3), second in rushing defense (112.0) and 10th in passing defense (268.3).

Junior Jon Rummel has paced the team early in the year, as he is fifth in the MAC with 0.88 sacks per game and he is eighth with 1.4 tackles for loss. Senior Josh Cook is 11th in the league with 1.3 tackles for loss per game.

In the secondary, sophomore Mike Ward leads the MAC with 1.8 passes defended per game and he is fourth with 0.5 interceptions. Sophomore Johnathan Zedar is eighth in the conference with 1.3 passes defended per game.

Scouting Lebanon Valley
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Set
Lebanon Valley is third in the MAC in scoring offense (26.3), third in total offense (407.0), second in rushing offense (269.5) and ninth in passing offense (137.5).

The team is led by junior running back Brendan Irving, who averages 142.8 yards per game, which is 14th in Division III. Irving averages 7.42 yards per carry and he has teamed with sophomore Jon Jones for six touchdowns.

Junior Travis Saylor leads the receivers, as he averages 54.5 yards per game. The team has used three different quarterbacks in the first four weeks of the season.

Defense: 3-4
Lebanon Valley is fifth in the MAC in scoring defense (23.3), seventh in total defense (400.0), seventh in rushing defense (168.3) and eighth in passing defense (231.8).

Senior Trevor St. Clair leads the Lebanon Valley defense with 31 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup. Senior Ricky Feggins is fifth in the league with an average of 1.5 passes defended per game and his 0.8 interceptions are second.

Senior safety Kevin Antol has added 25 tackles, three for a loss and a sack and senior defensive end Andrew Livingston has also added three tackles for a loss and a sack.

Long Distance
Senior Pat Whalen is beginning to become the Warriors' top deep threat, as he outran everyone for an 83-yard touchdown against Wilkes and then caught a 49-yard laser against Albright. Whalen is the first Warrior to have 40-yard or longer receptions in back-to-back games since Jeremy Ebert hauled in an 87-yarder against Delaware Valley and a 59-yarder against FDU-Florham in 2005.

Going OT
The 2014 meeting between the Warriors and Flying Dutchmen may just have been the craziest in the 30 meetings between the two programs. Both teams missed fourth-quarter extra points and both scored in the game's final 135 seconds to send it to overtime. Lebanon Valley scored to take the lead in the overtime, but the extra point was blocked. Lycoming responded on the first play of its possession in overtime, with Ryan Umpleby catching a 25-yard touchdown pass. Devon Flynn drilled the extra point to give Lycoming a 30-29 win.

Close calls
The Warriors are 3-1 against the Dutchmen in the last four years, but all four have been one- possession games. The Warriors won the 2011 game during a blinding snowstorm, 10-7, without completing a pass. In 2012, the Warriors used a grinding running game to post a 21-13 win before Lebanon Valley won 14-7 in 2013, a game that proved to be the tiebreaker that sent the Dutchmen to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Lycoming won in 2014 by a single point in overtime. Before this four-year run of close calls, the games were decided by less than eight points just six times in 26 meetings.

Put me in, Coach
Five freshmen made tackles during the game against Albright, led by a career-high seven from Jersey Shore, Pa., product Dominic Loffredo. Freshmen have factored heavily into the rotation at linebacker, with three of the six players listed in the two-deep rookies.

The Umpdate
Senior Ryan Umpleby continues to rise in the school's career record books. The Forest Hill, Md., native needs 104 more receiving yards to become the fifth receiver in school history to notch 2,000 in a career and 73 more all-purpose yards to become the 10th player to reach 3,000. His 129 career receptions are already fourth in school history and he is two touchdowns away from the top five in receiving touchdowns, as he has found the endzone 16 times in his career. He is also just 20 yards shy of the top five in kick return yards, where Dave Nolan (1978-82) sits with 759.
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