Saturday, October 5, 2019

Lycoming Football - Warriors fall to 13th-ranked Aggies

#20 Sr DB Jeff Coplin forces DelVal fumble as #4 Jr DB Gianni Bryant-Lopez takes it to the end zone / John Green Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Filling in for an injured senior, junior Gianni Bryant-Lopez (Delran, N.J./Delran) found the ball in his hands and he was gone down the left sideline for a 20-yard fumble recovery for the Lycoming College football team’s only touchdown, as it fell 41-7 to 13th-ranked Delaware Valley University on Saturday, Oct. 5, at David Person Field.

#4 Jr DB Gianni Bryant-Lopez heading to paydirt / John Green Photo
The touchdown, which was forced on a running play by senior Jeff Coplin (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) from behind at the 19-yard line before Bryant-Lopez ran smack dab into the ball while coming around the left edge, finalized the game’s scoring with 12:39 to play. It was Lycoming’s first fumble recovery for a touchdown since Wyatt Entz had one in 2015.

The Warriors (1-4 overall, 0-3 MAC) drove deep into the red zone one more time, reaching the three-yard line on a seven-play drive that was aided by a 26-yard pitch-and-catch from sophomore Chase Snavely (Middletown, Pa./Middletown Area) to senior Stephen Toczylousky (Catawissa, Pa./Southern Columbia). However, a pair of incomplete passes ended the drive.

#4 Jr DB Gianni Bryant-Lopez in the end zone / John Green Photo
Delaware Valley (4-1 overall, 3-0 MAC) got on the board with an 11-play drive late in the first quarter, as Dan Allen scored from three yards out. Juwan Manigo expanded the lead in the second quarter, spinning out of a tackle for a 76-yard score and an interception late helped Delaware Valley add one more score before the end of the half, taking a 20-0 lead into the break.

The Aggies scored three more times in the third quarter, capping their scoring on a 32-yard fumble recovery by Yusuf Aladinov as time expired on the period.

Senior Keith Batkowski (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville Area) posted 37 yards on seven carries and freshman Nick Briener (Tamaqua, Pa./Tamaqua) had four carries for 14 yards. Sophomore Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) went 6-of-12 for 56 yards with two interceptions and Snavely was 2-for-4 for 26 yards. Senior Dezmen Johnson (Browns Mills, N.J./Pemberton Township) made three catches for nine yards and freshman Elijah Palmer (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) had one catch for 31 yards.

Senior Sam Pawlikowski (West Creek, N.J./Seneca) posted eight tackles and freshman Austin Rowley (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) added seven. Coplin had six stops and a forced fumble and sophomore Willie Garner (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) had a sack. Freshman Cole Senior (Middletown, Pa./Middletown Area) added a half-sack and a pass breakup.

Anthony Fontana finished 13-of-24 for 225 yards and two touchdowns and he also ran for one to lead the Aggies. Dan Allen caught five passes for 91 yards and rushed for a score. Billy Walsh posted seven tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Anthony Tedesco added seven stops, two for loss.

The Warriors are back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 12, when they head to Alvernia University for a 12 p.m. MAC game.

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