October 4, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Defense Dominates, But LVC Falls To King's 10-7

Photo courtesy of Lebanon Valley Sports Information
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley's offense never found its rhythm to take advantage of a superb defensive game as the Dutchmen fell to King's, 10-7.

LVC's defense allowed only 194 yards and generated four sacks, but the offense managed 232 yards and a single touchdown despite stronger second-half play.

Tyler George caught his team-leading sixth touchdown of the season on a 17-yard strike from Brian Murphy in the fourth quarter, but LVC wasted chances to go ahead with an earlier field goal blocked and a pick-six called back on a penalty.

"We didn't play with the emotion of the second half in the first half," said head coach Jim Monos. "We're a better football team than that."

Frank Gaffney again led LVC with nine tackles, but it was Andrew Livingston who set the tone defensively with eight stops and 2.5 sacks, while Joey Scerbo had six stops, half a sack, and two batted passes. The secondary limited King's to 128 yards of passing as Kevin Antol made two break-ups and Trevor St. Clairsnagged an interception.

"Defensively we played pretty well," Monos said. "We'll find a way for next week."

Lebanon Valley was held scoreless in the first half, but kept the game in check with only Patrick Robinson's eight-yard touchdown run the difference, it appeared, heading into the half. With the Monarchs driving on the final play of the second quarter, St. Clair picked off Tyler Hartranft at midfield and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown, only to have it called back on an illegal hands flag. That gave King's a no-time-on-the-clock play, and Mikhail Kniaziewicz booted it from 33 yards to make it 10-0.

The Dutchmen again couldn't make anything out of three third-quarter drives, and Matthew Smoluk's 22-yard field goal bid to open the fourth was blocked by Bob Shaw. After forcing a stop to get the ball back, a big 48-yard completion to George set LVC up in the King's red zone, and one play later George was in the end zone to cut the lead to 10-7.

LVC had three more possessions to tie or go ahead, but an interception, turnover on downs, and two last-ditch passes failed to result in points.

Lebanon Valley returns to Arnold Field Oct. 11 for Homecoming vs. Misericordia.