September 13, 2014

Lebanon Valley - Widener Shuts Down Dutchmen In MAC Opener

Photo courtesy of Lebanon Valley Sports Information
ANNVILLE, Pa. - A tough Widener defense combined with an opportunistic offense as the Pride - and the rain - spoiled Lebanon Valley's home opener at Arnold Field in a 45-3 decision. 
The Dutchmen (0-2) were held to 149 yards of total offense andMatthew Smoluk's first career field goal in the loss. The Pride (2-0), who were receiving votes in the latest Top 25, scored 30 unanswered points in the second half while generating four LVC turnovers.

Brendon Irving was an offensive bright spot with 98 yards rushing, and Joey Scerbo had a big game with 2.5 sacks and a batted pass among seven tackles. Widener's Seth Klein passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Anthony Davis, who had 41 yards receiving before being ejected on a targeting flag in the third quarter.

Tyler George (5 catches, 58 yards) and Darryl Sweeper (4 catches, 39 yards) led LVC's receivers as Brian Murphy went 9-for-27 for 97 yards. LVC had 143 yards gained via rush, but a pair of safeties on high snaps led to a net of 52 yards. Irving averaged a healthy 6.1 yards per carry, including a 31-yard bustout for the game's longest rush.

Widener went ahead with a touchdown on their opening series, then with the rain pouring down in the first half, a high snap was kicked out of the end zone by Murphy for a safety to spot Widener a 9-0 lead. Smoluk hit from 28 yards with 3:20 left in the second to cut the lead to 9-3, but Davis caught the first of his two TDs to end the half and send Widener into the break ahead 15-3.

Davis caught his second on the second half's opening drive before a high punt snap led to another safety after Jeff Hacker covered it up to save a touchdown; Terrant Morrison and Klein finished long drives with touchdowns before back-up Chris Wickes, who actually led Widener with 45 yards rushing, capped their win with a four-yard run late in the fourth.

Lebanon Valley will head to Stevenson next weekend.
9/13/2014 | Football | Box Score