September 14, 2014

Lebanon Daily News - Widener pummels LVC in dreary home debut

Lebanon Valley College wide receiver Tyler George leaps up for a pass against Widener at Arnold Field on Saturday. LVC lost its home opener 45-3. (Jeremy Long — Lebanon Daily News)
ANNVILLE, PA - This was not exactly the way Lebanon Valley College wanted to open defense of its 2013 Middle Atlantic Conference football championship.

Widener scored 30 unanswered points in the second half Saturday afternoon to stun the home crowd and crush the Flying Dutchmen, 45-3, in LVC's home opener at a rainy Arnold Field.

The loss dropped LVC to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. The Dutchmen travel to Stevenson this Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Widener moved to 2-0, 1-0 in the conference. The Pride were coming off an opening-week 19-7 upset of nationally-ranked Rowan and displayed similar defensive chops against the Dutchmen, holding the hosts to 149 total yards of offense. Perhaps now the Pride should enter the national-ranking conversation.

LVC running back Brendon Irving was one bright spot for the home team on a soggy, downtrodden day. Irving rushed for 98 yards on 16 totes, 31 yard coming on one play. The other was Palmyra product Matt Smoluk, who kicked his first career field goal — a 28-yarder late in the first half — to provide LVC with its only points of the contest.

Other than that, there wasn't much positive news to take from the game.

Quarterback Brian Murphy was under near-constant pressure and harassed into a 9-of-27 outing for 97 yards. He was picked once and sacked four times.