September 27, 2014

Lebanon Valley - The Duchman Drop Wild Shootout With Del Val Aggies

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ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley dropped a wild shootout with Delaware Valley, combining for more than a thousand yards of offense in a 59-41 decision. 
The Dutchmen (0-4) and Aggies (3-0) together rolled out 1,049 yards of offense, 14 touchdowns, and 100 points, including 69 points in the first half alone.

Brendon Irving ran for 153 yards and a touchdown, Darryl Sweepercaught a pair of scores with 150 yards overall, and Brian Murphythrew for 264 yards and three scores to lead a resurgent Lebanon Valley offense. Aaron Wilmer threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns, all of them to Rasheed Bailey, who ended up with 186 yards for the Aggies.

"I'm disappointed we lost but I'm happy the way our football team played," said head coach Jim Monos. "I was proud of our team's effort and how we played to win. We're getting better, we don't have any wins to show for it unfortunately, but we're getting better."

Fullback Billy Powanda dove in for a pair of LVC scores, and Tyler George snagged a leaping touchdown in the second quarter, his fifth of the season. LVC rallied back from 49-27 down to make it a one-score game in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies capped the game with 10 unanswered points on a field goal and touchdown to secure the win. It was the first time in program history that Lebanon Valley had lost a game in regulation but still scored 40 or more points.

"We actually had opportunities, had cut it to one [score] on a couple of occasions," Monos said. "In the second half, it was the kind of game we had to score every time we had the football, and we didn't do that."

Bailey caught his first TD on the opening drive, and Wilmer ran in to make it 14-0 after an LVC fumble on their first drive handed the Aggies the ball. Murphy found Sweeper wide open for a 65-yard touchdown later the first quarter, but Chris Smallwood scored the first of his two touchdowns for Del Val on the second quarter's opening play to make it 21-6.

LVC responded with Powanda's first, but the Aggies snatched the momentum back with one play with Wilmer finding Bailey for a 70-yard strike. Not to be outdone, LVC scored twice more in the second quarter, on a fake reverse to Sweeper from 41 yards out, and then against when a botched punt handed LVC terrific field position for Murphy to find a leaping George from 12 yards out.

Del Val had the same idea, however, and Bailey's 26 yarder combined with a Wilmer rush off an Irving fumble swung the game right back in the Aggies' favor at halftime, 42-27. The Aggies scored to open the third, a 36-yard bomb to Bailey, but a long drive by LVC, keyed by Mike Smith's 4th-and-7 conversion, led to Powanda's one-yard dive.

DJ Johnson intercepted Wilmer at midfield to set up Irving's touchdown on the next drive and cut it to 49-41, but that would be LVC's final points. Brandon Snyder hit a 38-yard field goal two drives later, and Smallwood broke loose for a 40-yard run later in the quarter to cap the game at 59-41.

Lebanon Valley heads to King's Oct. 4.