Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lycoming Football - Turnovers Doom Warriors Against Seconds Year Alvernia

Fr RB Joey Guida score second touchdown against Alvernia / John Green Photo
READING, Pa. – Freshman Joey Guida (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) rushed 12 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lycoming College football team and senior Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) set the school’s career field goal record, but Alvernia University used a touchdown from 15 yards out with 1:03 left to post a 29-24 Middle Atlantic Conference win at Alvernia’s Turf Field on Saturday, Oct. 12.

A defensive holding call on third down from the 24-yard line helped Alvernia prolong a drive and three plays later Darrius Sample took a draw play and bumped off a tackle to score from 15-yards out to take a 29-24 lead.

Sr K Jamie Fisher sets the Warrior career field goal record / John Green Photo
After the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, the Warriors started their last drive at the 35-yard line. The Warriors drove down to the 30-yard line, but Alvernia broke up the Lycoming’s last two passes to end the game.

Sr WR Stephen Toczylousky stretches as far as he can to pull down this touchdown / John Green Photo
In a game with seven lead changes, Alvernia took the lead with an eight-play, 71-yard drive in the second quarter. The Warriors nearly got deeper into a whole, as the Golden Wolves intercepted a pass, but the Warriors forced a fumble to get the ball back. Given the second chance, Lycoming responded by giving the ball to Guida, who rushed three times for 56 yards, finding a hole and rushing for 31 yards and a score, hitting the left pylon to give Lycoming a 10-7 lead with 10:25 left in the second quarter.

A fumble off a punt return gave Alvernia the ball at the 17-yard line, Darius Sample found Jordan Day to give the Golden Wolves a 13-10 lead with 4:13 left in the quarter.

The Warriors answered back, though, after freshman Austin Rowley (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) intercepted a pass in the endzone, leaping and wrestling the ball away from a Golden Wolves’ receiver. Lycoming embarked on an 11-play, 80-yard drive after that, converting on 4-and-3 from the 13-yard line to get the ball to the six, where sophomore Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) found senior Stephen Toczylousky (Catawissa, Pa./Southern Columbia) for a six-yard score three plays later with 20 seconds left in the half, giving Lycoming a 17-13 lead at the break.

Alvernia took the lead back after halftime, with Otis Harold making a diving catch for a 32-yard completion to get the ball to the one-yard line before Malcolm Carey scored from a yard out to make it 20-17. Ryan Long added a field goal later in the quarter to take a 23-17 lead.

Guida got the Warriors back into the lead late in the third quarter, as he rushed four times in a row from the 23-yard line before plowing into the end zone from three yards out to make it 24-23 heading into the last quarter.

The Golden Wolves drove to the 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but the Warrior defense stepped up with freshman David Tomb (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) driving through the line for a sack on fourth down to get the turnover.

Lycoming opened the scoring with a seven-play, 55-yard drive aided by a 53-yard completion by senior Dezmen Johnson (Browns Mills, N.J./Pemberton Township) that got the ball into field goal range, where senior Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) was able to drill his record-breaking 31st career field goal.

Johnson finished with eight catches for a career-best 101 yards and Toczylousky posted six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Shemory finished 19-of-36 for 183 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times.

Sr LB Sam Pawlikowski had 10 tackles / John Green Photo
Senior Sam Pawlikowski (West Creek, N.J./Seneca) had 10 tackles to lead the defense and Tomb finished with seven tackles and one sack. Senior Duane Boone (Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone Area) posted six stops, two for loss, to give him eight on the season, and Rowley had five stops and an interception.

Samples finished 15-of-22 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown and he rushed 23 times for 102 yards and two scores to lead the Golden Wolves. Carey added 18 rushes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Tajon Whiten led the defense with 12 tackles and Myles Brodie had three pass breakups and an interception.

The Warriors will get a bye week before getting back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host FDU-Florham in MAC action at David Person Field at 12 p.m.

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