Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lycoming Football Preview - The Warriors Host The Aggies of Delaware Valley

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - After opening the season with a tough one-point loss to a rival, the Lycoming College football team will host one of its toughest tests of the season when another of its biggest rivals comes to David Person Field today, as the Warriors host 12th-ranked Delaware Valley.

The Warriors (0-1 overall, 0-0 MAC) are coming off a 7-6 loss to Susquehanna in the season opener.  Sophomore Jamie Fisher hit 20- and 34-yard field goals for the Warriors, but a second-quarter touchdown from the River Hawks was enough to earn the win.

The Aggies (1-0 overall, 0-0 MAC) posted a 24-19 win over 11th-ranked Wesley in its opener.

Warrior Notes
• The last six games between Lycoming and Delaware Valley have been decided by 10 points or less. The teams have split the six meetings.

• Lycoming's seven points allowed to Susquehanna were the fewest the team allowed since a 26-0 shutout of Albright on Sept. 13, 2014.

• Junior Nick Costello is six yards shy of becoming the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a career. 

• Sophomore Sam Pawlikowski, with an interception and fumble recovery against Susquehanna, became the first Warrior since Oct. 1, 2016.

• Junior D.J. Boyd had a career-high 12 tackles against Susquehanna, one shy of his total of 13 in three games in 2016.

• Sophomore Jamie Fisher's two field goals against Susquehanna marked just the third time in four years that Lycoming hit two field goals in a game.

A grand receiver
After posting 73 receiving yards against Susquehanna, junior Nick Costello moved within six yards of becoming the 23rd player in school history to post 1,000 career receiving yards. The 6-5 receiver  made an impact as a freshman, nearly posting 300 yards before posting 625 and finishing third in the MAC in yards per game as a sophomore. He is currently 11th in the conference with 73 receiving yards this year.

Off the board
The Warriors allowed seven points and just one touchdown in the 7-6 loss to Susquehanna. It was the fewest points that the team has given up since a 26-0 win over Albright on Sept. 13, 2014, a span of 28 games. The Warriors allowed 425 yards of total offense, but made two fourth-quarter stands inside their own five-yard line to keep the game a one-point affair. It was the first time the Warriors lost a game while giving up fewer than 10 points since a 7-0 loss at Widener on Nov. 6, 2004.

Getting the ball
Sophomore Sam Pawlikowski, making his first career start in the season opener at Susquehanna, joined the Lycoming linebacker crew with aplomb. He finished the game tied for the conference lead in both fumble recoveries and interceptions, grabbing one of each in the game. His first-quarter interception led to a field goal for the Warriors.

Fishing for field goals
Sophomore Jamie Fisher stepped into the team's field goal kicking role against Susquehanna and provided all six points for the Warriors in the game, as he connected on 20- and 34-yard field goals. Fisher, who was 1-for-2 in field goal opportunities as a freshman, is second in the conference and tied for ninth nationally with his average of 2.0 field goals per game.