September 14, 2015

MAC Football - Mr. MAC's Week One Picks Justified!

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Season Results: 3 Wins - 2 Losses
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MAC WEEK 1 Results: 3 Wins - 2 Losses

GAME ONE: Wilkes l2 - DevVal 7
Mr. MAC's Pick: DelVal 35 - Wilkes 10
Ok, Ok, that score was a big surprise to me. How about you? Remember, Wilkes lost to Muhlenberg 35-7. What a fantastic turn around. DelVal scored first with five minutes left in the first quarter on 10 plays to cap an eight minute drive. The PAT was good, DelVal 7, Wilkes 0. It wasn't until the third quarter when Wilkes started heating up. They put together a quick 10 play five minute drive. The drive was capped by a seven yard touchdown pass from Jr. QB Ryan Dailey to So. TE Garrett Armstrong. The extra point was no good, hit the left upright and bounced back. The winning score by Wilkes came after a four minute 12 play drive with 2:14 on the clock. The willing touchdown was a beautiful pass from Dailey to J. Brook. Wilkes went for a two point play that failed. Score 12-7.

Remembering that DelVal failed on five red zone drives, take five times 7 points and you have my 35 points, just saying! You have to credit the Wilkes defense. What a job they did. 

GAME TWO: Lebanon Valley 37 - Misericordia 7
Mr. MAC's Pick: Lebanon Valley 28 - Misericordia 7

Lebanon Valley College is one of those team that may surprise you by seasons end. They are aggressive, big and well coached. All of Lebanon Valley's touchdowns were on running plays the longest being a 49 yard scamper by Ryan Heim. Lebanon Valley had only 51 yards passing in the game. But, who needs to pass when you can control the ball. They rushed for over 100 yards a quarter for a game total of 435 yards. The Dutchman lead 21-0 at halftime and scored 16 point in the third quarter to seal the deal. Misericordia scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter.

A Star in Development
#49 Jr. RB Brendon Irving
#49 Jr. RB Brendon Irving had a career high rushing total of 190 yards on 19 carries. He is developing into one of the best MAC running backs. Look at his 2014 accomplishments: USA College Football Honorable Mention All-America … Second-Team All-ECAC … D3football.com Third-Team All-East … First-Team All-MAC … Three-time MAC Weekly Honor Roll member (10/11, 11/2, 11/16) … Started all 10 games at tailback … Turned in one of LVC’s all-time best seasons by a tailback, rushing for 1,255 yards (second-most ever in a season) and nine touchdowns on 230 carries … Averaged 5.5 yards per carry … Had six 100+ yard games, averaging 129.2 all-purpose yards per game … Ran for a season-high 184 yards at Lycoming … Shouldered a career-high 36 carries for 177 yards against Albright … Also caught three passes for 37 yards.

GAME THREE: Stevenson 38 - Lycoming 14
Mr. MAC's Pick: Stevenson 21 - Lycoming 17

Not a close pick but another win for me. This score is so surprising. Everyone knew Lycoming would have their hands full, but the score was a lopsided 38-7 affair late in the fourth quarter. Stevenson, with only their 5th year in the MAC, has been able to steadily get better and better each year. The Mustangs seem to have the money to spend (Check out their coming our Pyrotechnics) which can help build a quality program that attracts talent.

Stevenson's So QB Jeff Farrah
Keep an eye on Stevenson's Jeff Farrah this year. The So. QB from Eatontown, NJ has a very accurate arm, is mobile in the pocket and makes good decisions. With his accuracy and the speed of the Stevenson wide receivers, they shredded Lycoming's defensive secondary with 4 touchdown passes. I believe I remember reading that Stevenson has the best MAC defense and they reinforced that honor against the Warriors. After an opening touchdown drive, the Mustangs defense had three interceptions, caused three fumbles and had seven SACs. One of the monster defenders for Stevenson is senior linebacker Brady Kempa who had seven tackles.

Stevenson has proven that they are a top tier team in the MAC and will make some noise this year.

GAME FOUR: Widener 43 - King's 20
Mr. MAC's Pick: Widener 28 - King's 21

I believe everyone would have picked Widener to win, except King's fans. I picked the King's score so I was right on there (Pat on the Back). I felt King's could score on Widener although it was in the second half. The Monarchs played them tough in the first quarter. But how do you hold down the Widener Juggernaut?

Twenty one of Widener's 43 points were because of the fine play of Sr. RB Robert Getz, a 200 pounder from Kunkletown, PA. His longest touchdown was from 23 yards out. Senior QB Seth Klein passed for 321 total yards completing 24 of 38 passes. Widener scored in every quarter with book end field goals by senior kicker Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, Pa.). He was named the Middle Atlantic Conference “Special Teams Player of the Week.” The Pride score 14 points in the 2nd quarter to make it 10-0 at halftime. The 23 points in the third quarter was the knock out blow for Kings who scored 7 points. 

GAME FIVE: FDU-Florham 34 - TCNJ 29
Mr. MAC's Pick: TCNJ 27 - FDU-Florham 21 (Non-Conference Game)

So. Malik Pressley
To be truthful here, I knew nothing about TCNJ. I did not believe FDU would start with this win. Good for them, breaking a 19 game losing streak! Apparently this is FDU's week off in the MAC so they scheduled a Non-Conference game. Apparently, they only have a nine game schedule.

Record Breaker
Malik Pressley, was the Devils top target and proved to be unstoppable as he picked apart the Lions secondary all afternoon. Pressley finished the game with 15 receptions for 309 yards and four touchdowns. His 309 receiving yards broke the FDU-Florham single-game receiving yards record. The sophomore receiver's four touchdowns also tied the FDU-Florham single-game receiving touchdown record.

Albright - Bye Week