Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Look At Saturday's Lycoming Vs Wilkes Game

A File Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Coming off the team's largest margin of victory since 2002, the Lycoming College football team will be firing on all cylinders when it heads to Wilkes University for a 1 p.m. game at Schmidt Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, looking to clinch its first .500 season since 2015.

The Warriors (4-3 overall, 3-2 MAC) notched their first shutout since 2014 by allowing Alvernia to gain just 129 offensive yards in a 52-0 win. The Lycoming offense, meanwhile, gained 517 yards, its most since 2015, combining 302 yards passing with 215 yards rushing.

The Colonels (4-4 overall, 3-3 MAC) have won three of their last four, but fell to Stevenson, 33-21, in their last outing.

Warrior Notes
• Lycoming's 52-0 win over Alvernia marked the team's largest margin of victory since a 54-0 win over Delaware Valley on Sept. 27, 2002.

• The Warriors are one of four teams remaining in the NCAA to not allow a fourth-down conversion in 2018.

Jr K Jamie Fisher is a top D3 Kicker

• Junior Jamie Fisher leads the MAC and is 10th in Division III with an average of 1.29 field goals per game.

Fr QB Elijah Shemory hits the record books.

• Freshman Elijah Shemory became the 26th Warrior to pass for four touchdowns in a game and the first since Tyler Jenny did it against Lebanon Valley in 2014.

• Seniors Nick Costello and Brock Zollicoffer became the first set of Warrior receivers to post 100-yard efforts in the same game twice in their careers against Alvernia.

• The Warriors lead the MAC in first downs allowed (106), interceptions (11) and punt return average (11.67).

A big margin
Lycoming's 52-point margin of victory against Alvernia was the school's largest in 16 years, since a 54-0 win over Delaware Valley on Sept. 27, 2002. The Warriors reached the 50-point plateau in the fourth quarter, marking the first time since a 55-12 win over FDU-Florham on Nov. 9, 2013. It was just the fifth time in head coach Mike Clark's 11-year tenure that the Warriors scored 50 points.

Sr WR Nick Costello continues to roll in total reception yardage and touchdowns.
100-yard gainers
After becoming the first set of receivers to post 100-yard efforts in the same game since 1996 as juniors, seniors Brock Zollicoffer and Nick Costello repeated the performance in the 52-0 win over Alvernia. The first set of receivers to post 100-yard efforts in the same game twice in a career, Zollicoffer and Costello posted 101 and 113 yards to go with two touchdowns each against the Golden Wolves. Against King's in 2017, they became just the second pair of receivers to cross 100 yards in the same game, as Zollicoffer had 108 yards and Costello had 104. Prior to that, the only duo to ever achieve the feat was Steve Verton (169) and Tom Ralicke (149), who did it against Widener on Oct. 26, 1996.

Sr LB Jarrell Payne makes and open field tackle against Alvernia
Defensive Prowess
The Warrior defense enjoyed its finest performance of the season against Alvernia, allowing no points, 129 yards and just nine first downs. It was the second time this season that the Warriors limited an opponent to less than 10 first downs (Lebanon Valley), 100 yards passing (Lebanon Valley) and the third time they limited an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing (Widener, FDU-Florham). Lycoming allowed just 40 yards passing, its lowest total since Misericordia had 40 on Sept. 21, 2013, while the 129 yards of total defense was the lowest total since Albright had 114 on Sept. 13, 2014. The team's shutout was the first at David Person Field since beating Juniata, 35-0, in 2006.

More from Shemory
Freshman Elijah Shemory has impressed during Lycoming's season-opening 4-3 run, as the rookie quarterback has already posted three of the top 10 pass efficiency ratings in head coach Mike Clark's 11 years. His four-touchdown, 288-yard game against Alvernia equated to a ridiculous 239.96 rating, the third-highest in the past 11 years. Against FDU-Florham, Shemory had an impressive 206.46 pass efficiency rating after completing 11-of-19 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a 183.31 pass efficiency rating against Widener when he completed 10-of-15 passing for 169 yards and a touchdown passing. 

May the Fourth be with you
Through seven games, no team has converted a fourth down opportunity against the Warrior defense, leaving the Warriors one of two teams in Division III and one of only four in the NCAA in that rarefied air. The Warriors are joined by Iowa, North Texas and Wheaton in the club. Opponents are 0-for-10 on fourth down against Lycoming, which has included three stops inside the 10-yard line.