September 25, 2014

PREVIEW: Lebanon Valley College Returns Home To Host Del Val

Photo courtesy of Lebanon Valley Sports Information
Lebanon Valley (0-3, 0-2 MAC) vs. Delaware Valley (2-0, 1-0 MAC)
Saturday, Sept. 27 | 1 p.m. | Arnold Field | The 32nd Meeting
Game Info
LVC Media Notes / Two Deep

Game Coverage
Live Video: LVCtv
Live Stats:
Radio: Flying Dutchmen Radio Network
(WMSS 91.1 FM / WWSM 1510 AM)
Radio Webcast:

Lebanon Valley, seeking its first win, hopes to get back on track this week against Delaware Valley. LVC beat the Aggies last season in a memorable overtime game, 34-31, after a huge second-half comeback.

Online Video
The game is being video streamed live and for free on LVCtv.

On the Radio
The game will be broadcast on the Flying Dutchmen Radio Network on WMSS 91.1 FM in Middletown and WWSM 1510 AM in Lebanon County. John Wilsbach and Brian Keyser will call the action. The game will be streamed live and for free at and

Weather Forecast
[ForecastA beautiful day for football, with sunshine and a high of 81.

If You Only Know Five Things
  1. Coaches from both LVC and DVC will wear patches in support of Coach To Cure MD, a national effort to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Eight year-old Levi Hains will be LVC's honorary captain.
  2. LVC features the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week (Zach Wierman) taking on Del Val's ECAC Offensive Player of the Week (Chris Smallwood).
  3. Lebanon Valley, off to an 0-3 start, hopes to recapture the magic of their overtime win against the Aggies from 2013 that catapulted them to a MAC title.
  4. Del Val, 2-0 with an early bye week, is averaging 42 points per game but allowing 27.5 points and 442 yards per game.
  5. LVC has not beaten Delaware Valley at home since 2002.

Coach To Cure MD
LVC's coaching staff will participate in the fifth annual Coach to Cure MD program this afternoon, an effort by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. AFCA members around the country will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next bill).

The Series
The game is the 32nd meeting all-time ... Delaware Valley leads the series 19-12 ... Last year's LVC victory snapped a 10-year DVC winning streak ... Coach Jim Monos is 7-14 against the Pride ... This is the 30th consecutive season they have met dating back to 1985 ... The two teams first met on Nov. 13, 1965, a 34-18 LVC win.

Team Captains
Tyler DeanFrank GaffneyBrian Murphy, and Joe Scerbo were elected by their teammates after the 2013 season. Levi Hains will serve as honorary captain today on Coach to Cure MD Day; Hains, a second-grader from South Lebanon Elementary, will serve as captain for the fifth straight season.

Last Year vs. Del Val
Sean Fakete '14's overtime field goal made the difference as Lebanon Valley rallied back from a 24-7 deficit in the second half, reeling off 24 straight points and going ahead with fourth-quarter touchdowns byTyler George and Brendan Irving. A stunning game-tying touchdown by Del Val's Bobby Marterella with no time left in the game sent the game to overtime, and after Brandon Snyder's 42-yard field goal hit the right upright, Fakete hit a no-doubter from 26 to win it. The win vaulted LVC into first place as they would go on to win the MAC title; it was also head coach Jim Monos' 100th career win.

Stevenson Recap
A second-half comeback fell short for Lebanon Valley, as Stevenson's strong first half helped them hold on for a 20-14 win.
Tyler George and Mike Smith caught touchdowns from Brian Murphy in the second half as the Dutchmen cut the Mustangs' (3-0) early 20-0 lead to 20-14, but the Mustangs benefited from a last-minute interception by Billy Lewis to seal the win. Murphy went 16-for-25 with two touchdowns and 146 yards, while Daniel Williams completed only 10 passes and threw three picks, but accounted for all three SU touchdowns in the first half. Zach Wierman picked a pair of interceptions for LVC, and Tyler Laudemanstole a touchdown with a first-quarter end zone pick.

Wierman Honored By MAC, ECAC
Senior cornerback Zach Wierman was named to the ECAC Southeast Player of the Week, and to the MAC Weekly Honor Roll, for his play at Stevenson. Wierman collected a pair of interceptions, including one with a 53-yard return to set up a touchdown. Wierman had five tackles and a pass break-up, as well.

Smith Catches First TD
Senior wide receiver Mike Smith caught his first career touchdown last week at Stevenson, making a diving effort in the fourth quarter to score. Trailing 20-7, LVC drove deep into Stevenson territory, and Smith took a pass along the sideline from Brian Murphy before turning and lunging to the pylon to score from 11 yards out. Smith, who has been a key part of LVC's return game over the last few seasons, has four catches for 39 yards in three games this season at wide-out.

Banged-Up Secondary Performs
Despite missing one starter and having another play out of position, LVC's secondary had a game to remember against Stevenson. LVC limited the Mustangs to only 10 completions on 23 attempts for 122 yards in the air, and generated three interceptions. That was without cornerback Bryan Ek (safety DJ Johnson started in his place) and first-time starter Ricky Feggins at safety. LVC defensive backs had three break-ups, one each by Zach Wierman, Feggins, and Kyle Murray.

Noting LVC's Offense
After a sluggish first half, LVC's offense showed promise in the second half at Stevenson to wind up with a pair of touchdowns ... Brendon Irving was the ground game workhorse, running for 72 yards on 24 carries, and Spencer Moser netted 10 yards on six takes ... Brian Murphy was 16-for-25 for 146 yards and two touchdowns ... Mike Smith and Tyler George each caught touchdowns, with George connecting on a 25-yard catch-and-run and Smith scoring from 11 yards out on a pylon dive ... Joe Bennett was a key outlet catching four passes for 42 yards ... George led all receivers with 52 yards on five catches ... The offensive line allowed only one sack.

Noting LVC's Defense
LVC's secondary, despite a rash of injuries, held Stevenson to 10-of-23 passing for 122 yards and made three interceptions last week ... Tyler Laudeman stole a touchdown early in the game, and Zach Wiermanhad a pair of second-half interceptions, including a tip-drill grab at midfield ... Wierman's second pick resulted in a 59-yard return ... Stevenson was held to only 244 yards overall ... Safety DJ Johnsonreturned from injury last week but shifted over to make his first career start at corner ... Trevor St. Clair,Andrew LivingstonMike Mullen, and Frank Gaffney each had sacks, and Gaffney led all Dutchmen with 13 tackles (nine solo) ... Livingston also batted down a pass, while Ricky FegginsKyle Murray, and Wierman had downfield breakups ... It was Feggins' first career start ... Linebacker Tommy Garner had his first career start at Sam and made five tackles.

Noting LVC's Specialists
Matthew Smoluk improved to 5-5 on PATs last week ... Tim Pirrone and Spencer Moser each had takes on kicks last week, and Darian Feick snagged a short-hopper ... LVC's kick coverage held Stevenson to an average of 14.5 yards per return ... Nick Newton took over kickoff duties and averaged 53 yards per kick ... Jeff Hacker punted five times with a long of 38 yards, averaging 30.6 yards.

Scouting Del Val
Delaware Valley is 2-0 after wins over Montclair State and Wilkes to start the season, and is receiving votes in both the and AFCA national top 25 polls. The Aggies won their home opener last weekend by hanging 54 points on Wilkes, led by Chris Smallwood's 213 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Aaron Wilmer has thrown for 572 yards and four touchdowns in the two games, completing 55.2 percent of his passes. Del Val is averaging 42 points and 467 yards of offense per game, but allows nearly the same yardage (442.5) and 27.5 points per game. Linebacker Rashaad Lighty has led the defense with four sacks and 17 tackles.

Next Time
LVC travels to King's on Oct. 4.