Friday, August 23, 2019

Lycoming Football - Warriors Selected Third In Preseason Poll

2019 Warriors picked 3rd in Coaches' Preseason Poll
WILLIAMSPORT, PA – After reaching the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series for the first time in program history in 2018, the Lycoming College football team was predicted to finish third in the Middle Atlantic Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Monday, Aug. 20.

Two-time defending conference champion Delaware Valley was picked to win the MAC, scooping up nine first-place votes and 99 points, while Stevenson, the 2016 conference champs, finished second with 90 points and two first-place votes. Lycoming took third with 72 points, edging out Widener, which took fourth with 69 points and Misericordia at 65. King’s and Wilkes tied for sixth with 51 points ahead of FDU-Florham (37), Albright (32), Lebanon Valley (26) and Alvernia (12).

The Warriors return six offensive starters, eight defensive starters and two specialists from a team that finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the MAC, finishing in a tie for fourth in the league. On offense, the team will be led by sophomore Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area), who threw for 2,196 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie, and two-time Google Cloud Academic All-District offensive lineman senior Cody Botts (Millmont, Pa./Mifflinburg).

Defensively, senior Ahmad Curtis (Effort, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads a group of eight returning starters after earning first-team all-conference honors as a defensive tackle, posting 50 tackles, seven for loss and three sacks in 2018. Along with Curtis, the team returns one other starting lineman, three starting linebackers and three defensive backs.

Senior Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) also returns after earning First Team All-MAC honors as a kicker, as he connected on 10 field goals in 2018.

The team opens the 2019 season on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they head to Susquehanna University for a non-conference game at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.

2019 MAC Football Coaches' Preseason Poll
Team, Points, (1st Place Votes)
1. Delaware Valley, 99, (9)
2. Stevenson, 90, (2)
3. Lycoming, 72
4. Widener, 69
5. Misericordia, 65
t6. King's, 51
t6. Wilkes, 51
8. FDU-Florham, 37
9. Albright, 32
10. Lebanon Valley, 26
11. Alvernia, 12

2018 MAC Football Final Standings
Team, Conf., Overall
1 @. Delaware Valley, 8-0, 9-2
t2 (1). Stevenson, 7-1, 8-3
t2 (2). Misericordia, 7-1, 8-3
t4 (3). Lycoming, 4-4, 5-6
t4. FDU-Florham, 4-4, 6-4
t4. King's, 4-4, 5-5
t4. Wilkes, 4-4, 6-4
t4. Widener, 4-4, 4-6
9. Lebanon Valley, 2-6, 2-8
t10. Alvernia, 0-8, 1-9
t10. Albright, 0-8, 0-10

(#) - Centennial-MAC Bowl Series Seed


August 22 - All Ithaca Scrimmage Photos
August 16-17 Preseason Photos

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