Saturday, November 2, 2019

Lycoming Football - Healthy Warriors Run, Pass and Defense Dominant Misericordia Cougars

Leading the Warriors in rushing, So QB Elijah Shemory floats over the goal line / John Green Photo
Lycoming did not punt one time in this game!
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 114 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Lycoming College football team to a 51-14 win to end Misericordia University’s hopes for a Middle Atlantic Conference title on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, at David Person Field.

Shemory became the first Warrior to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Blake Bowman did it against FDU-Florham in 2015, as he plowed in from seven yards out in the first quarter, one-yard out in the second, 48 yards in the third and four yards out in the fourth. He finished 16-of-24 passing for 201 yards and two more scores.

Big playmaker Sr WR Stephen Toczylousky on a 61 yard touchdown / John Green Photo
Lycoming (3-5 overall, 2-4 MAC) piled up 543 yards of total offense, their second straight game above 500, as they ran for 342 yards on 55 carries, with senior Keith Batkowski (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville) notching 48 yards on 14 carries, freshman Joey Guida (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) notching 46 yards on seven carries and sophomore Chase Cramer (Andover, N.J./Newton) adding seven carries for 44 yards. Freshman Nick Breiner (Tamaqua, Pa./Tamaqua) rushed twice for 40 yards and a score.

Sr WR Stephen Toczylousky on kickoff special team recovers the Misericordia fumble / John Green Photo
Senior Stephen Toczylousky (Catawissa, Pa./Southern Columbia) caught four passes for 103 yards and a score and senior Dezmen Johnson (Browns Mills, N.J./Pemberton Township) caught four passes for 46 yards and a score.

Senior Jarrell Payne (Jersey City, Pa./Liberty) notched six tackles and senior Sam Pawlikowski (West Creek, N.J./Seneca) had five tackles, one for loss and an interception to lead the defense. Freshman Jase Wright (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) posted four tackles and forced a fumble.

Sr WR Dezmen Johnson adds a touchdown to the Warriors scoreboard / John Green Photo
Lycoming scored on its second play from scrimmage, with Shemory finding Toczylousky on a cross, who bounced off a defender and took off for a 61-yard score. Misericordia (4-3 overall, 4-2 MAC) answered with a 14-play, 72-yard drive to score, but Lycoming answered with a nine-play, 74-yard drive, as Shemory found Johnson for a 21-yard score after finding Toczylousky for 23 yards on the play before that.

On the ensuing kickoff, Wright forced a fumble that Toczylousky fell on at the 24-yard line. Four plays later, Shemory crashed in from seven yards out, giving Lycoming a 21-7 lead.

Misericordia closed within a touchdown early in the second quarter at 21-14, but Lycoming responded with a 12-play, 67-yard drive, with Shemory capping the drive with a one-yard sneak after Shemory found Cramer, who busted off several tackles to reach the doorstep for Shemory, making it 27-14 with 8:21 left in the first half.

Misericordia drove to the 11-yard line as time wound down in the half, but after a 16-yard pickup, they couldn’t spike the ball quick enough to take a shot at the end zone before time expired on the half.

So QB Elijah Shemory add another touchdown on this 48 yard scamper / John Green Photo
Shemory ended Lycoming’s first drive in the third quarter when he broke into the secondary for a 48-yard score off a QB draw. On the next drive, senior Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) canned a 37-yard field goal for his eighth of the season, giving Lycoming a 37-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Shemory added a four-yard score to wrap up his day with 10:50 left. Lycoming had one more drive, rushing 78 yards on eight plays, with Breiner scoring from 11 yards out to cross the 50-point mark for the first time this year.

The Lycoming defense, meanwhile, allowed just 28 yards of total offense to the Cougars in the second half.

Brady Williams finished 14-of-25 for 161 yards for the Cougars. Michael Gawlik ran eight times for 48 yards and a score and Sam Gillison caught five passes for 71 yards. Alex Hafner led the Cougars with 10 tackles and Nick Yeager added eight, one for loss.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Nov. 9, when they head to Lebanon Valley for a 1 p.m. MAC game.


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