November 6, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Dutchman Visit Lycoming Trying To Keep Turnaround Going

2013 Image: John Green
If You Only Know Five Things

  1. The game is a rematch of the 2013 MAC co-champions.
  2. Lebanon Valley hopes to keep rolling, winning three in a row after an 0-5 start as they seek to get to .500 to end the season.
  3. Brendon Irving, a MAC Honor Roll recipient last week, has three consecutive 100+ yard rushing games and has a chance to be LVC's seventh 1,000-yard rusher.
  4. The Dutchmen have scored 40 or more points in four of their last five outings, averaging 40.2 points per game in that span.
  5. Tyler George is chasing the LVC single-season receiving touchdown mark; with 11, he is four shy of the record held by Adam Brossman '08.

Series History
The game is the 30th meeting all-time ... Lycoming leads the series 24-5, winning the first 21 games, but LVC has won five of the last eight ... 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 ... Lycoming held on to win 21-13 in LVC's last trip to Williamsport ... Coach Jim Monos is 5-15 against Lyco ... Last year's 14-7 win over Lycoming at Arnold Field was LVC's first over a nationally-ranked team.

Last Year vs. Lycoming
Lebanon Valley's defense turned in another dominating effort to lead the Dutchmen in an upset of #24 Lycoming, 14-7, in front of a standing-room-only Homecoming crowd. LVC's defense dropped 10 sacks on Lyco's Tyler Jenny, led by a four-sack game by Zach Halpin '14 and three by Frank Gaffney.
Joey Miller '14 caught the game-winning touchdown with 11:04 left in the fourth quarter to follow a second-quarter Jake Zeigler '14 catch, while Lycoming was limited to Ryan Umpleby's touchdown catch in the third quarter. LVC had three interceptions and held Lycoming to 50 yards rushing.

FDU-Florham Recap
Lebanon Valley scored 28 unanswered points to end the game as the Dutchmen earned a 63-21 win on the road against FDU-Florham to extend its winning streak to three games.
The Dutchmen broke open a tight 21-14 game at the half with 42 points in the second to keep the Devils (0-8, 0-7 MAC) winless. Brendon Irving notched his third straight 100+ yard game, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns while freshman Jon Jones added a pair of fourth-quarter scored. In th eair, Tyler George caught two touchdowns while Darryl Sweeper and Travis Saylor had one each to produce a four-touchdown day for Brian Murphy. Tyler Laudeman added a 25-yard pick-six in the second half. Defensively, DJ Johnson and Trevor St. Clair had first-half interceptions, and Adam Soltys pounced on a fumble caused by Connor Pierce's hit. Laudeman and Kevin Antol had second-half picks as LVC was +4 for the game in the rain. Andrew Livingston had two sacks off the edge, and Alex Beamesderfer had a sack and a forced fumble.

Johnson Named Academic All-District
On Thursday, senior cornerback DJ Johnson was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District on Thursday for his outstanding combination of academic and athletic achievement in 2014. Johnson is a physical therapy major carrying a 3.96 GPA into his senior year. He moved from safety to cornerback early in the season and has excelled there, starting six times and making 18 tackles (one for a loss) while picking off a team-high three interceptions to go with two other break-ups. Johnson had interceptions against Delaware Valley, Wilkes, and FDU-Florham, and has had one in each of his last two games heading into this weekend's clash at Lycoming.

Irving On MAC Honor Roll
Brendon Irving was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's Weekly Honor Roll for his play against FDU-Florham. Irving ran for 131 yards with two touchdowns and had 39 yards receiving to lead Lebanon Valley's offense. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry, and has had three straight 100-yard games dating back to Oct. 11. It was Irving's second appearance on the Honor Roll this season and third of his career. He also earned the honor after LVC's win over Misericordia on Oct. 11, when he ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

George Challenging Records
Senior wide receiver Tyler George has put together a fantastic senior season, and he's inching into consideration for having one of the best seasons ever by an LVC wide-out. With two games left, his 11 touchdowns this season is tied for second all-time (Adam Brossman '08 holds the record with 15), and he has a chance to challenge the 1,000-yard mark for only the second time in program history (Brossman had 1,107 yards in 2006). George has had three straight 90+ yard games and has caught a touchdown in the last six games, including two last week.

LVC Receiving TDs In A Season
15 - Adam Brossman (2005)
15 - Adam Brossman (2006)
11 - Tyler George (2014)
11 - Eric Stouch (1992)
11 - Bob Schwenk (1991)
11 - Joe Brennan (2009)

LVC Receptions In A Season
62 - Eric Stouch (1992)
62 - Adam Brossman (2006)
59 - Tim Picerno (2011)
55 - Brian Wassell (1990)
55 - Bob Schwenk (1991)
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47 - Tyler George (2014)

Murphy Climbing TD Chart
Senior quarterback Brian Murphy, like his top target Tyler George, is climbing up the single-season touchdown chart. With two games left, Murphy has 17 touchdowns, five away from the program record and one off of his career high set last year.

LVC Passing TDs In A Season
22 - Colt Zarilla (2011)
21 - Dan Kelly (2005)
20 - Dan Kelly (2006)
20 - Erik Orndorff (1991)
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17 - Brian Murphy (2014)

Irving Going For 1,000
Sophomore Brendon Irving has impressed in his second season at tailback, and he has a chance, with two games left, to become LVC's seventh 1,000-yard rusher. Irving has 894 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season; he has three straight 100+ yard games, averaging 150 yards per game over the last three outings.

LVC 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons
1,330 - Ben Guiles (2010)
1,226 - Ben Guiles (2011)
1,105 - Charlie Parker (2007)
1,103 - Ken Wilson (1989)
1,036 - Frank Tavani (1975)
1,026 - Rick Coleman (1977)
1,012 - Pete Henning (2003)

Noting LVC's Offense
LVC's offense averages 29.9 points and 379.4 yards per game ... The Dutchmen have scored 40 or more points in four of their last five outings, averaging 40.2 points per game in that span ... Senior quarterback Brian Murphy has thrown for 1,570 yards and 17 touchdowns this season coming off a career game last week ... Tyler George and Darryl Sweeper are the top receivers, with George hauling in 11 touchdowns and 743 yards on 47 catches, and Sweeper, who has been the big-play target, has 444 yards and four scores on 23 receptions ... Joe Bennett has developed into a key outlet with 15 catches for 165 yards, and Mike Smith has eight catches and a touchdown ... Travis Saylor caught his first career touchdown last week ... On the ground, Brendon Irving has a team-best 894 yards and eight touchdowns coming off his third straight 100-yard game ... Irving crossed his freshman total of 834 yards rushing last week ... Spencer Moser has impressed as a freshman with 198 yards ... Freshman Jon Jones scored twice last week, the first two touchdowns of his career ... LVC uses its fullbacks, as well, with Bobby Conlon rushing for 59 yards and Billy Powanda compiling four short-range touchdowns ... The offensive line has surrendered only 12 sacks through eight games ... Left tackle Tyler Dean started his 37th career game vs. Wilkes, leading the team ... Brian Murphy made his 20th career start under center last week ... LVC has put the same starting lineup out on offense in all eight games.

Noting LVC's Defense
LVC's defense has had four straight outstanding games, allowing 24.9 points per game this season but only 11.8 points per game over their last four, including a shutout of Wilkes ... The shutout of Wilkes was LVC's first since a 24-0 win over Widener in 2009 ... Frank Gaffney leads the defense with 68 tackles (36 solo) ... Andrew Livingston is the leader on the line, compiling 50 tackles with eight for a loss and a team-best 5.5 sacks ... Six Dutchmen have 4.0+ tackles for a loss this season, including Kevin Antol (5.0), Trevor St. Clair (5.5), Pavlik (4.5), and Joe Scerbo (4.5) ... DJ Johnson made his third interception of the seaosn last week, and has picks in each of his last two games ... After being plagued by injuries and having six different starting line-ups to begin the season, LVC is expected to use the same line-up for the third straight week at Lycoming ... LVC is allowing just 114.5 yards per game on the ground, and has 12 interceptions in the air.

Noting LVC's Specialists
Punter Jeff Hacker is averaging 34.1 yards per punt with three fair catches and five inside the 20 this year ... Tim Pirrone and Mike Smith each average 21+ yards per kick return, and Spencer Moser 18.8 yards per take ... On punts, Ricky Feggins averages 8.4 ypr and Tim Schumacher, who has taken over in recent weeks, 8.8 ypr ... LVC's kick coverage has been excellent, limiting opponents to only 16.8 yards per return with none longer than 32 yards this season ... Nick Newton averages 51.6 yards per kick-off ... Matt Smoluk is 2-for-3 on field goals and has 27 PATs this year.

Next Time
LVC returns home to host Albright on Senior Day Nov. 15.