Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lycoming Football - Eight Lycoming Warriors earn All-MAC honors

Our Lycoming Warriors football team / John Green Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With three wins in the last four games of the season, the Lycoming College football team surged at the end of 2019, which helped land eight team members onto the All-Middle Atlantic Conference team, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Senior defensive lineman Duane Boone (Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone Area), senior defensive lineman Ahmad Curtis (Effort, Pa./Pleasant Valley) and senior defensive back D.J. Boyd (Seat Pleasant, Md./Fairmount Heights) were each first-team selections. Senior kicker Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley), senior linebacker Sam Pawlikowski (West Creek, N.J./Seneca) and freshman special teams guru David Tomb (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) were second-team picks. Junior offensive linemen Jacob Estevez (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) and Kyle Pierce (Berwick, Pa./Berwick Area) were both honorable mention selections.

Duane Boone
Boone, in his first year as a starter, developed into one of the top defensive ends in the MAC this year, as the 6-2, 211-pounder recorded 44 tackles, including a team-best 9.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. The Tyrone Area graduate was fourth in the league in tackles behind the line of scrimmage and had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in eight straight games.

Ahmad Curtis
Curtis repeats as a First Team All-MAC selection after posting 44 tackles, six for loss, from his defensive tackle position. The 6-1, 340-pounder was able to clog up the middle and keep opponents from running between the tackles throughout the year, as he made five or more tackles in five games. He finished his career with 137 tackles, 16 for loss and five sacks. He is the first three-time All-MAC defensive lineman since Anthony Marascio from 2009-11.

D.J. Boyd
Boyd, who battled injuries throughout his career, still proved that he was one of the best cover cornerbacks in the MAC, earning First Team All-MAC honors for the first accolades of his career. Playing in just seven games this year and making just eight tackles, he was able to break up five passes and keep offenses looking towards the other side of the field. He finished his career with 123 career tackles, 10 for loss, a sack, three interceptions and 26 passes defended. It is the second year in a row Lycoming had a first team defensive back, joining 2018 pick Joe Pinzka ’19.

Jamie Fisher
Fisher climbed to the top of the school’s career field goal record book, breaking the school record of 30 set by John Phillips in 1992 with a 32-yard field goal against Alvernia. He finished second in the MAC with eight field goals made, canning eight of 13 attempts this year and he finished second amongst the league’s kickers with 54 points, as he hit 30-of-33 extra points. The Ridley High graduate hit two of the 10 longest field goals in program history and he set a school record with seven career 40-yard field goals. Fisher is the first Warrior in program history to hit 10 field goals in back-to-back years after hitting 13-of-18 as a sophomore and 10-of-17 as a junior. A first-team pick as a junior and honorable mention selection as a sophomore, Fisher is the first three-time All-MAC kicker for Lycoming since Jeff Cook from 1995-97.

Sam Pawlikowski
Pawlikowski enjoyed a breakthrough season as the team’s starting strong-side linebacker. He finished the year with a team-best 73 tackles, 5.5 for loss and he had one sack. He forced a fumble and also had an interception against Misericordia. He finished eighth in the league in tackles and had 10 tackles against both King’s and Alvernia. The 6-0, 195-pounder finished his career as a three-year starter with 164 career tackles, 13.5 for loss, three sacks and three interceptions. He is the first Warrior linebacker to earn all-conference honors since Kyle Sullivan was an honorable mention selection in 2014.

David Tomb
Tomb was a jack-of-all-trades on special teams for the Warriors, as he led the team with five tackles on kickoff returns, but also played a role on all phases of special teams. He also executed a fake punt rush that resulted in a first down against Misericordia. A 5-10, 184-pound defensive tackle, Tomb finished the season with 28 tackles, 4.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after posting four tackles, two for loss and a sack against FDU-Florham, a game in which he also blocked a punt. He is the second straight Warrior to earn All-MAC Special Teams accolades, joining Mike Mulvihill ’19, who was a second-team pick in 2018.

Jacob Estevez
Estevez, who started all 10 games at right tackle, and Pierce, who started seven games at center after starting the year as a defensive tackle, helped the Warriors average 27.1 points, 155 rushing yards and 378.3 yards of total offense. Which was an 80-yard improvement over 2018.

Kyle Pierce
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