Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lycoming Football - Dual Jr RB's lead offense and stingy D key to win over Widener

Freshman QB Elijah Shemory completes 10 of 15 passes for 169 yards in great comeback game.
Senior WR John Kim pulls in a pass from Shemory for good yardage.
CHESTER, Pa. – Both juniors Jacob Fimbres (La Habra, Calif./Sonora) and Keith Batkowski (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville) ran for 100 yards a piece and junior Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) set a school-record with four field goals, as the Lycoming College football team allowed just 193 yards of total offense to Widener University to notch a 33-19 non-conference win at Jamie C. Quick Jr. Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8.

Giving up just 11 first downs to the Pride (0-2 overall), who posted 449 yards, including 212 rushing last week against Rowan, were held to just 34 yards rushing and 14-of-25 passing for 159 yards, as Lycoming’s defense needed to be on the field for just 21:26 in the contest.

Lycoming's running attack was as good as it has been against Widener.
The offense, meanwhile, was paced by its bruising rushing game, carrying 57 times for 239 positive yards. The passing game was effective when used, as freshman Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) finished 10-of-15 for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Fimbres rushed 23 times for 117 yards and Batkowski rushed 28 times for 101 yards and a touchdown, as the pair became the first Warrior pair to eclipse 100 yards rushing in the same game since Craig Needhammer and Blake Bowman did it at Misericordia in 2014.

Fisher, meanwhile, became the first Warrior to kick four field goals in a game, connecting from 39 and 26 yards in the second quarter, 43 yards in the third and 23 in the fourth. He also added three extra points, to give him 15 points kicking, tying a school-record set by Rusty Fricke at Lebanon Valley in 1985.

Lycoming posted four sacks in the game and added six tackles for loss, as the defense was able to control tempo throughout, as it held Widener to 34 rushing yards, the fewest since King’s had 32 in 2014. Junior Zach Kovach (Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg) posted seven tackles, 1.5 for loss and a sack and senior Ahmad Curtis (Effort, Pa./Pleasant Valley) added six stops, 1.5 for loss and a sack. Both sophomore Andre Jackson Jr. (Paterson, N.J./Hawthorne) and freshman Willie Garner (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) each had a sack. Senior Jarrell Payne (Jersey City, N.J./Liberty) had an interception and three tackles and senior D.J. Boyd (District Heights, Md./Fairmount Heights) had two breakups.

After the first five drives of the game for both teams were fruitless, the Warriors scored on six of their next seven drives to take control of the game. Lycoming got on the board in the second quarter, moving 63 yards on 12 plays, converting four third-down plays in the drive before Batkowski leapt into the end zone from two yards out. Widener used two pass plays of more than 13 yards to tie the score with 10:15 left in the second half.

Fimbres broke through the line on the first play of the next drive, rushing for 49 yards and setting upa  39-yard field goal from Fisher. After a Widener 3-and-out, the Warriors used a 37-yard pass from Shemory to senior Brock Zollicoffer (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) to set up a 26-yard field goal from Fisher.

On the ensuing drive, Widener was forced into 3-and-10 from their 18, where Payne picked off a pass and returned it to the seven. Three plays later, Shemory snuck into the end zone to make it 20-7, where the game went into halftime.

Lycoming scored first again in the third quarter, with a 40-yard pass to Zollicoffer  setting up a 43-yard field goal from Fisher, the second-longest kick of his career. James Gillepsie made it 23-13 with a 95-yard kickoff return in response, but Lycoming answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive, with Shemory finding senior Nick Costello (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) for a 37-yard touchdown on a perfect fly pattern to cap the drive.

After a big kickoff return, the Pride scored on a nine-play drive, making it 30-19 entering the fourth quarter, where the Warriors didn’t allow a first down as Widener managed just eight plays. Lycoming, meanwhile, continued to rush the ball, 20 times in all in the quarter, eating 12:34 of the game clock. Fisher rounded out the scoring with a 23-yard field goal with 5:56 on the clock with his record-breaking fourth trifecta of the game.

Zollicoffer caught four passes for 102 yards, Costello caught three for 47 and senior John Kim (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) added three catches for 20 yards.

Sean McGaughey finished 14-of-25 for 159 yards and two touchdowns for Widener. Chris Randle rushed 13 times for 37 yards and Pat Downey caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Eric Riley led the defense with 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 for loss. Jordan Powell posted nine tackles and two breakups.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Sept. 15, when they host Lebanon Valley at 1 p.m. in the Middle Atlantic Conference opener at David Person Field.

Box Score (Final)
Lycoming vs Widener (09/08/18 at Chester, Pa.)

Score by Quarters            1              2              3              4              Score
Lycoming             0              20           10           3              33           Record: (1-1)
Widener              0              7              12           0              19           Record: (0-2)

Scoring Summary:
2nd        12:26     LYCO      Keith Batkowski 2 yd run (Jamie Fisher kick), 12-63 5:40, LYCO 7 - WIDFB 0
                10:15     WIDFB  Reinhart 13 yd pass from McGaughey (Eimer kick), 6-63 2:03, LYCO 7 - WIDFB 7
                07:40     LYCO      Jamie Fisher 39 yd field goal, 5-50 2:29, LYCO 10 - WIDFB 7
                02:43     LYCO      Jamie Fisher 26 yd field goal, 7-47 3:29, LYCO 13 - WIDFB 7
                00:41     LYCO      Elijah Shemory 1 yd run (Jamie Fisher kick), 3-7 0:33, LYCO 20 - WIDFB 7
3rd         06:49     LYCO      Jamie Fisher 43 yd field goal, 7-55 3:43, LYCO 23 - WIDFB 7
                06:36     WIDFB  Gillespie 95 yd kickoff return (Eimer kick blockd), , LYCO 23 - WIDFB 13
                02:36     LYCO      Nick Costello 34 yd pass from Elijah Shemory (Jamie Fisher kick), 8-75 4:00, LYCO 30 - WIDFB 13
                00:12     WIDFB  Downey 3 yd pass from McGaughey (McGaughey rush failed), 9-46 2:16, LYCO 30 - WIDFB 19
4th         05:56     LYCO      Jamie Fisher 23 yd field goal, 8-28 4:51, LYCO 33 - WIDFB 19

                LYCO      WIDFB
FIRST DOWNS    21           11
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)     57-190   30-34
PASSING YDS (NET)         169         159
Passes Att-Comp-Int       15-10-0 25-14-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS    72-359   55-193
Fumble Returns-Yards   0-0          0-0
Punt Returns-Yards         4-45       0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards     2-24       7-241
Interception Returns-Yards         1-18       0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)      4-36.0    6-41.2
Fumbles-Lost     0-0          1-0
Penalties-Yards 1-5          9-71
Possession Time               38:34     21:26
Third-Down Conversions              9 of 18   6 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions           0 of 1     0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances            4-5          2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards 4-22       4-32

RUSHING: Lycoming-Jacob Fimbres 23-117; Keith Batkowski 28-101; Elijah Shemory
6-minus 28. Widener-Randle 13-37; Harrell 5-16; Melle 1-2; McGaughey 11-minus

PASSING: Lycoming-Elijah Shemory 10-15-0-169. Widener-McGaughey 14-25-1-159.

RECEIVING: Lycoming-Brock Zollicoffer 4-102; Nick Costello 3-47; John Kim 3-20.
Widener-Downey 5-86; Bristow 5-41; Reinhart 2-22; Gillespie 1-9; Harrell 1-1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Lycoming-Jarrell Payne 1-18. Widener-None.

FUMBLES: Lycoming-None. Widener-McGaughey 1-0.

Stadium: Quick Stadium         Attendance: 2317
Kickoff time: 1:07 pm   End of Game: 3:44      Total elapsed time: 2:37   
Officials: Referee: Chris McNally; Umpire: James St. John; Linesman: Jim Mullaney;
Line judge: Greg Margetich; Back judge: Brian Bert; Field judge: Melvin Carr;
Side judge: Ray Wilson;
Temperature: 70        Wind: NE 11MPH  Weather: Cloudy             

Lycoming vs Widener (09/08/18 at Chester, Pa.)

SACKS (UA-A): Lycoming-Zach Kovach 1-0; Andre Jackson Jr 1-0; Willie Garner 1-0;
Ahmad Curtis 1-0. Widener-Riley 1-1; Kauffman 0-1; Wells-Dotson 0-1; Armstrong
0-1; Kearns 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Lycoming-Zach Kovach 2-5; Ahmad Curtis 2-4; Joe Pinzka 2-3; Mike
Kalyan 1-4; Matt Stankiewicz 0-5; Duane Boone 2-2; Sam Pawlikowski 2-2; Andre
Jackson Jr 3-0; Dominic Loffredo 1-2; Trey Smith 1-2; Korahn Williams 0-3;
Jarrell Payne 0-3; Willie Garner 2-0; Nasir Bowen 2-0; Sam Romanofsky 2-0; D.J.
Boyd 1-0; Len Wyda 1-0; Tyler George 1-0; Jamie Fisher 1-0; Matt Kalyan 1-0;
Jeff Coplin 0-1. Widener-Riley 6-5; Powell 6-3; Kearns 3-6; Pawlowski 2-7; Hardy
5-3; Ballard 4-4; Saunders 4-3; Jordan 5-1; Armstrong 3-2; Kauffman 1-4;
Wells-Dotson 1-3; Shields 1-1; Singleton 0-2; Gardiner 1-0; Scotese 1-0;
Cusanelli 1-0; Downey 1-0; Bristow 1-0; McGaughey 1-0.

Game Starters:

POS        ##           OFFENSE
QB          19           Elijah Shemory
RB           33           Keith Batkowski
WR         15           John Kim      
WR         12           Nick Costello 
WR         6             B. Zollicoffer
TE           7             Mike Mulvihill
LT            57           Cody Botts    
LG           50           Dan Sipps     
C             63           Brad Stubbs   
RG          58           Ethan Newton  
RT           65           Jacob Estevez 

POS        ##           DEFENSE
DE           67           M. Stankiewicz
DT           74           Kyle Pierce   
DT           95           Ahmad Curtis  
DE           40           Sam Romanofsky
LB           30           Sam Pawlikowski
LB           41           Matt Kalyan   
LB           28           Jarrell Payne 
CB           29           D.J. Boyd     
FS           22           Joe Pinzka    
SS           20           Jeff Coplin   
CB           27           Korahn Williams


POS        ##           OFFENSE
QB          7             McGaughey     
RB           11           Harrell       
WR         2             Gillespie     
WR         81           Reinhart      
WR         8             Bristow       
WR         14           Downey         
LT            53           Pope          
LG           51           Miller        
C             74           Sabo          
RG          66           Stecklein     
RT           77           Thomas        

POS        ##           DEFENSE
DE           86           Riley         
DT           90           Singleton     
DT           37           Pawlowski     
DE           91           Saunders      
LB           34           Kearns        
LB           35           Cusanelli     
LB           28           Ballard       
CB           5             Powell        
FS           21           Cruise        
SS           3             Jordan        
CB           20           Wells-Dotson  

Player participation:

Lycoming: 1-C. Minott, 3-Zach Kovach, 8-S. Toczylousky, 9-Tyjah During, 10-Joe Oquendo, 13-Dezmen Johnson, 14-Nasir Bowen,
16-Connor Bell, 18-Tyler George, 21-Andre Jackson, 23-Len Wyda, 25-Cocciadiferro, 31-Pacey Howard, 35-Jamie Fisher,
36-Jacob Fimbres, 38-Trey Smith, 39-Logan Chetaitis, 43-Gabe Fuhrman, 44-Mike Kalyan, 45-D. Loffredo, 51-Taylor Kim,
55-Trent Riggs, 60-Nate Lash, 84-Tre' Leach, 87-Kevin Krawczyk, 90-Willie Garner, 91-Duane Boone.

Widener: 1-Armstrong, 4-Randle, 6-Sapp, 10-Jespersen, 13-Hardy, 18-Gallagher, 22-Raczak, 24-Bauer, 25-Cheek, Jr., 27-Simonica,
29-Eimer, 30-Rivera, 39-Melle, 40-Sibilla, 43-Gardiner, 46-Scotese, 47-Kauffman, 48-Russo, 55-Shields, 56-Romano, 57-Werkheiser,