September 12, 2015

Lebanon Valley Football - Dutchman defeat Misericordia 37-7

Photo Courtesy of Lebanon Valley Athletics
Dallas, PA - Lebanon Valley's rushing attack racked up over 400 yards on the ground and the Flying Dutchmen stifled Misericordia's offense en route to a convincing 37-7 victory in the team's Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) opener at Mangelsdorf Field on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Brendon Irving and Jon Jones set career rushing marks with Irving totaling 190 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and Jones rumbling for 95 yards and two scores on 19 carries. Ryan Heim added a 49-yard touchdown run and Tyler Cottle got LVC (1-1, 1-0 MAC) on the board first with a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line with 4:52 left in the first quarter.

Jones capped a five-play, 75-yard, second quarter drive with a 5-yard touchdown run set up by Irving's 43-yard dash one play earlier to make it 14-0 Dutchmen before following it up with a dominant 13-play, 78-yard scoring march that chewed up 5:10 on their ensuing possession. Irving rushed four times for 37 yards and Jones put an exclamation point on the drive with his second score of the day, this time from two yards out with just over a minute left to play in the first half.

Irving finished off Lebanon Valley's opening drive of the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run and kickerMarcus Brown-Dulan pushed the lead to 30-0 with a 20-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Ricky Feggins made his first pick of the game on the Cougars' (0-2, 0-1 MAC) next series and Ryan Heim put things out of reach for good when he took a carry off right end and outran the entire MU secondary en route to a 49-yard touchdown in front of the LVC sideline with 4:12 left in the third.

Misericordia's lone touchdown came in garbage time when Jeff Puckett found Mark McMaster from seven yards out with just over four minutes remaining. The Dutchmen defense limited the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week to just 64 yards rushing and 147 yards passing, a large chunk of which came on a completed Hail Mary just before halftime.

Offensive Standouts
Ryan Kingshill, Ryan Dotson, Bryant Weller, Tyler Good, Zach Smith – Lebanon Valley's starting offensive line mangled Misericordia up front. The group opened holes for Brendon Irving and Jon Jones to run through for three quarters before giving way to the reserves with the game well in hand. In total, Dutchmen running backs Irving, Jones, Ryan Fink, Ryan Heim, and Cyree Sutton-Ames combined for 413 yards on the ground due much in part to the work of LVC's big uglies in the trenches.

Defensive Standout
Ricky Feggins – The senior cornerback played a large part in limiting Cougar quarterback Jeff Puckett to just 147 yards passing on 14 completions. Feggins picked off Puckett on back-to-back Misericordia third quarter possessions, the first on an out route in front of the Cougar sideline at the 4:27 mark and the second on a deep pass to the end zone with 3:09 left in the third. His first interception led to a Ryan Heim touchdown on LVC's ensuing possession.

Special Teams Standouts
Nick Newton, Spencer Moser, Marcus Brown-Dulan – Lebanon Valley's trio of kickers were strong on Saturday afternoon with Newton getting plenty of work on kickoffs and averaging 53.0 yards per attempt, Moser averaging 46.0 yards per punt including one that pinned MU inside its own 20-yard line, and Brown-Dulan, the reigning MAC Special Teams Player of the Week, knocking down the game's only field goal from 20 yards out and adding four extra points.

Best of the Rest
- Brendon Irving extended his streak of 100-yard rushing games dating back to last season to seven thanks to his career-high 190 yards on the ground.
- Irving and backfield mate Jon Jones combined to rush for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.
- With a steady rain falling and the Dutchmen ground game rolling, Tyler Cottle threw the ball just seven times on the day. His completions to Elijah Johnson and Jeremy De La Cruz both went for 20-plus yards.
- Tyler Conlon made his first career start at defensive end.
- Trevor St. Clair made a team-high five tackles, including three solo stops. Tim Schumacher and Blake Lutzadded four stops apiece.
- LVC's Guy Zimmerman had the game's lone sack.
- Reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Jeff Puckett ran for over 200 yards against Utica last weekend. The Dutchmen front held him to just 64 yards on the ground on Saturday.

Who's Next?
LVC returns to the friendly confines of Arnold Field and hosts Stevenson for another MAC outing on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The Mustangs (2-0, 1-0 MAC) defeated Lycoming 38-14 in their latest outing.
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