October 2, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Duchman Vs King's Preview

Photo Courtesy of Lebanon Valley Sports Information
Lebanon Valley (0-4, 0-3 MAC) at King's (1-3, 1-2 MAC)
Saturday, Oct. 4 | 1 p.m. | McCarthy Stadium | The 16th Meeting

Lebanon Valley hopes to get its season back on track against King's in Week 5. The Dutchmen are looking to recapture a superb all-around team performance from last year's 38-17 win over the Monarchs.

Online Video
The game is being video streamed live and for free courtesy of King's.

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 WMSSFM.com and GoDutchmen.com.

If You Go
[Directions] Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under six are free.

Weather Forecast
[Forecast] Bring the umbrellas - a high of 59 and forecast for rain throughout the day.

If You Only Know Five Things
Lebanon Valley is trying to get one in the win column after a tough 0-4 start. King's, at 1-3, is coming off its first win of the season over Misericordia.
Tyler George is off to one of the best starts ever for an LVC receiver, catching five touchdowns through four games with 296 yards overall.
Several Dutchmen had career games vs. King's last year, as Brian Murphy threw for four touchdowns and Frank Gaffney had three sacks in a 38-17 win.
Lebanon Valley holds a seven-game win streak over the Monarchs.
WR Darryl Sweeper (150 yds, 2 TDs) and RB Brendon Irving (153 yds, 1 TD) are each coming off of big games last week.

Series History
The game is the 16th meeting all-time ... LVC leads the series 9-6 ... LVC has won seven in a row ... King's had won four straight before that ... They have met every year since 2003 ... The first meeting was Sept. 30, 1995 at King's, an 18-11 LVC win ... Coach Jim Monos is 9-4 against the Monarchs.

Last Year vs. King's
Brian Murphy threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns to lead Lebanon Valley in a 38-17 win over King's at Arnold Field in 2013. The Dutchmen defense limited the Monarchs to just 207 yards, including 48 on the ground, led by Frank Gaffney's 10-tackle, three-sack afternoon. Tyler George caught a pair of touchdowns and Darryl Sweeper and Jake Zeigler '14 each caught TDs. Murphy had a breakout performance for LVC, posting the best performance of his career on 11-of-20 passing and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 42 yards. He found six different receivers. King's quarterback Tyler Hartranft was 12-for-33 for 146 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times.

Del Val Recap
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 and Aggies 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, Billy Powanda scored twice, Darryl Sweeper caught a pair of scores with 150 yards overall, and Brian Murphy threw 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.

Sweeper Honored By MAC
Senior wide receiver Darryl Sweeper earned a spot on the MAC Weekly Honor Roll for his career day against Delaware Valley. Sweeper caught six passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets - all career highs - to lead a 41-point effort by Lebanon Valley's offense. Sweeper created separation and scored on a 65-yard bomb in the first quarter, then hauled in a 41-yard score in the second quarter after a fake reverse. It was the senior's first career 100-yard and multi-touchdown game.

The 100/100 Club
Running back Brendon Irving and wide receiver Darryl Sweeper pulled off an unusual feat against Delaware Valley, as each went over 100 yards for the game. It was the first time an LVC running back/receiver pair went over the century mark since 2011, when Tim Picerno '12 and Ben Guiles '12 did it against King's.

Go Big To Get Home
Lebanon Valley has never been afraid to use its fullbacks to carry the ball under Jim Monos, and they proved it once again against Delaware Valley with Billy Powanda's two touchdowns. Three LVC fullbacks have carries this year - Powanda, starter Bobby Conlon, and Charlie Galante - and LVC threw in some extra beef with nose tackle Clayton Williard at offensive guard to block in goal line situations twice last week (both resulting in touchdowns).

Mr. Consistent
Senior wide receiver Tyler George has been Lebanon Valley's most consistent offensive producer through Week 4, compiling 296 yards and five touchdowns, including TDs in three of four contests. His scoring output is the highest by an LVC receiver through four games since 2005, when all-time receiving leader Adam Brossman '08 caught seven. A pair of touchdowns against King's would tie George with Brossman for the best first-half ever by an LVC receiver.

Noting LVC's Offense
Lebanon Valley's offense came alive last week for 465 yards and 41 points, including 264 yards passing and 201 yards rushing ... The Dutchmen average just under 20 points and 287 yards per game this season ... Brian Murphy, who threw four touchdowns against King's a year ago, has completed 50.8% of his passes for 705 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions in the opening four games of 2014 ... Starters Tyler George and Darryl Sweeper have been his favorite targets. George has 296 yards and five touchdowns, and Sweeper 267 yards and two scores ... Joe Bennett and Mike Smith have developed into important offensive weapons, with Bennett hauling in 10 receptions for 89 yards and Smith five for 47 yards and a touchdown ... After not recording a rushing touchdown through three games, LVC had three last week led by fullback Billy Powanda's pair and another by Brendon Irving ... Irving, the feature back, has 358 yards this season ... Spencer Moser has had a promising start with 69 yards on 18 carries ... Fullback Bobby Conlon has 30 yards on seven carries ... The offensive line has stayed healthy with the same starting line-up in all four games ... Left tackle Tyler Dean made his 33rd career start last week (25th at left tackle) and is the active leader among all Dutchmen.

Noting LVC's Defense
LVC is allowing 38 points and 375.5 yards per game ... Frank Gaffney is the team's leading tackler, averaging 10 stops per game with 40 total (28 solo) and 1.5 sacks ... Andrew Livingston has developed into a force at defensive end with a team-leading 4.0 tackles for loss, 25 stops overall, and three batted passes ... Safety Kyle Murray has led the secondary with 18 tackles and a break-up ... The Dutchmen have picked off five passes this year, with Zach Wierman snagging two and Bryan Ek, DJ Johnson, andTyler Laudeman with interceptions ... Johnson had his pick last week against Del Val ... LVC has not recovered a fumble this season ... Defensive end and captain Joe Scerbo is expected to return after missing the Del Val game, but LVC will dip further on the depth chart at strong-side linebacker with previous starters Alex Beamesderfer and Tommy Garner out vs. King's.

Noting LVC's Specialists
Nick Newton has taken kick-offs the last two weeks and averages 51.8 yards per boot ... Jeff Hacker is averaging 33.2 yards on 18 punts this season ... Tim Pirrone (19.6 ypr) and Spencer Moser (18.1 ypg) have been handling kik returns, with each taking seven this season ... Mike Smith also has four takes for a team-best 23.8 yard average ... Smith also takes punt returns with a 10.0 ypr average this season ... Matt Smoluk is 10-for-11 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals this season.

Next Time
LVC returns to Arnold Field for Homecoming on Oct. 11, hosting Misericordia at 1 p.m.