Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lycoming Football - What Lebanon Valley Is Saying About The Warriors

It is that time of the year with diesel generator lighting preparing for Lebanon Valley / John Green Panorama
Lebanon Valley Tailgating Policy
(TAILGATING POLICY) Lebanon Valley invites fans to tailgate before, during, and after the game and to have a great experience! We ask that fans be respectful to those surrounding them, and remain mindful of their choice of language and activity. Individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively reflects on LVC.

Lycoming Vs Dutchman Series History
Saturday's game is the 35th meeting all-time... Lycoming leads the series 27-7, winning the first 21 games to begin the series, but LVC has won 6 of the last 11... The first meeting was on Nov. 19, 1955, a 25-7 Lycoming win... The two teams played in 1956, then did not play again until 1985... The Dutchmen held off a late Lyco charge to win 20-17 at Arnold Field back in 2017... The Warriors defeated LVC 23-10 last year in Williamsport... Two of the last five meetings have gone to overtime... LVC's 14-7 win over Lycoming in Annville in 2013 was the program's first over a nationally-ranked team.

Lebanon Valley Last Time Out
Lebanon Valley fell to Stevenson by a score of 42-13 back on Nov. 2 in the Dutchmen's annual Pink Game.
In the early going, on Stevenson's first offensive drive of the game, Tyler Lutz picked off Ryan Sedgwick's pass at LVC's 45-yard line and ran it back to Stevenson's 21, setting the Dutchmen up with terrific field position. On LVC's ensuing drive, LVC was unable to move the ball, but Nick Bentz knocked through a 38-yard field goal, giving the Dutchmen an early 3-0 lead with 11:14 remaining in the opening quarter. The Mustangs put together a long drive next, but it was capped by Brody Campbell's field-goal attempt from 31 yards out that missed wide right. After an LVC three-and-out, the Mustangs went 65 yards in six plays, finished off by Ryan Sedgwick's five-yard TD pass to Vincent Lee, making it 7-3 in favor of the visitors.

The Dutchmen's next drive resulted in a punt that was blocked by Stevenson's De'Juan Miles at LVC's 38-yard line. The Mustangs took advantage of the good field position and went down the field and Titus Johnson eventually ran it in from two yards out. After the PAT, Stevenson went up 14-3 with 9:20 left in the second. The Dutchmen responded in a big way on their next drive when LVC took advantage of three Stevenson penalties on the home team's next drive. Eventually, the Dutchmen got into the red zone and Keegan Corwell finished off the 54-yard, six-play drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown, bringing LVC to within four of the Mustangs with 6:20 to go in the first half. LVC was unable to stop Stevenson in the closing minutes of the first half and on Stevenson's next drive, Sedgwick found Keenan Franz for a 26-yard score to put the visitors back up by 11 at 21-10 with 2:52 to go.

From there, each team punted and the Dutchmen then got the ball back at the 50-yard line with 21 ticks left on the clock in the first. Kody Kegarise found Tyeair Diggs for a 12-yard catch, followed by a huge 32-yard grab by Diggs all the way to the Stevenson 6-yard line. With four seconds left, the Dutchmen decided to go for it and Kegarise's pass intended for Ian Murhon was incomplete, but the Mustangs were called for holding with no time left on the clock, so the Dutchmen got a free play and decided to attempt the field goal, and Bentz knocked it through from 21 yards out, bringing LVC to within eight at 21-13 at halftime.

The second half was all Stevenson, beginning with Chaz Lyle's 72-yard TD reception from Sedgwick, putting the visitors up 28-13. Later in the third, Titus Johnson found pay dirt for the second time today with a one-yard run to make it 35-13. LVC's offense was unable to mount the comeback, and with 6:12 left in the fourth, Stevenson running back put the game out of reach with a one-yard TD run to put the Mustangs up 42-13.

Last Year Dutchman vs. Lycoming
Lebanon Valley fell into an early hole it was unable to climb out of in a 23-10 loss at Lycoming in the team's MAC opener on Sept. 15, 2018. Things turned sour for the Flying Dutchmen (0-3) on the team's first drive, when quarterback Kody Kegarise was picked off by Lycoming's Jeff Coplin in LVC territory. The Warriors proceeded to score a touchdown on the ensuing possession and on their third drive before adding a field goal on the team's fourth drive of the contest, making it 17-0 Lyco with 1:20 left in the first quarter.

The Dutchmen finally got something going on their next drive, Kegarise connecting with wide receivers Dallas Arner and Tyeair Diggs on back-to-back passes before running back Hunter Wilson broke through the middle of the line and scampered 50 yards for a touchdown with nine seconds left in the opening quarter.

LVC again looked poised to cut into the deficit during their first drive of the second quarter after moving inside the Lyco 40-yard line. Kegarise, however, was intercepted for the second time and cornerback D.J. Boyd's pick led to another Lycoming field goal. The Warriors tacked on a third field goal before the half was out, giving the home team a 23-7 advantage heading into the break.

Lebanon Valley opened the second half with a solid drive that went 60 yards in nine plays and was capped by a 32-yard field goal from Nick Bentz to cut the deficit to 23-10. Momentum continued to swing in LVC's favor when Lyco quarterback Elijah Shemory was picked off by linebacker Tyler Lutz on the next possession.

From there, the Warriors' defense clamped down and kept the Dutchmen from reaching Lyco's side of the field until late in the fourth quarter and by then the clock prevented Lebanon Valley from putting together a serious comeback attempt.

LVC's Offense
QB Kody Kegarise continues to lead LVC's passing game with 1,288 passing yards and nine touchdowns. Kegarise has also got things done on the ground with 162 rushing yards and five TDs. Hunter Wilson continues to leads LVC's strong rushing attack with 860 yards and seven TDs and a 107.5 yards per game mark. Tyeair Diggs leads the Dutchmen's receiving core with 32 catches for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cameron Niemeyer has caught three TD passes, while Hunter Wilson has a pair.

LVC's Defense
Last week, the Dutchmen's defense held Stevenson's stout offense below their season average. Dillon Estes continues to lead the team with 66 total tackles, while Anthony Jenkins has 56 total after posting 11 last week, and Tyler Lutz has notched 55 tackles. Brandon Brubaker has 9.5 tackles for loss and also leads LVC with 4.5 sacks. Estes is fourth in the MAC with 66 tackles and Jenkins ranks 10th.

LVC's Special Teams
After connecting on another field goal last week, Nick Bentz continues to lead the league with 10 made field goals, including the conference's longest of the season at 50 yards. On kickoff returns, Tyeair Diggs is averaging 18.3 yards per return, with his longest being 31 yards. Patrick Clark has also been solid as LVC's punter and has forced seven fair catches and has three 50+-yard punts.

Scouting the Warriors
Lycoming comes into today's action riding a two-game win streak after dropping its previous four matchups. Last Saturday, the Warriors crushed Misericordia 51-14 behind Elijah Shemory's two passing TDs and four rushing scores. For his efforts, Shemory was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week. WR Stephen Toczylousky is sixth in the MAC with 83.9 receiving yards per contest.

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