October 26, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Dutchmen Dominate Wilkes In 46-0 Shutout

So TB Brendon Irving racks up yards (Photo courtesy of Lebanon Valley Football)
ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley dominated in all phases of the game, shutting out Wilkes 46-0 at Arnold Field for its second straight win.

Senior quarterback Brian Murphy, playing just over half of the game in the blowout, threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-14 passing, including a 78-yard strike to Tyler George and a 43-yarder to Darryl Sweeper. George ended up with a career-high 166 yards on six catches, while Brendan Irving had a 148-yard, three-touchdown outing at running back.

LVC (2-5, 2-4 MAC) racked up 547 yards of total offense, holding onto the ball for more than 37 minutes as the defense stuffed Wilkes all afternoon long. The shutout was LVC's first since 2009, and biggest since a 49-0 blanking of Lincoln back in 1949.

"I'm really proud of our football team," said head coach Jim Monos. "I said to them, the last couple of weeks we're playing Dutchmen football. This is what I thought our team was capable of, and now that we're doing that, we've got to keep it going."

The Dutchmen defense had its third straight fantastic outing, limiting Wilkes to 256 yards overall and only 53 yards rushing. Constant pressure on quarterback Ryan Dailey resulted in a 17-for-44 passing day for the Colonels (2-5), as LVC produced eight hurries, a sack, and interceptions by DJ Johnson and Mike Gilger.Frank Gaffney and Reid Pavlik owned the edges with six tackles apiece, and Andrew Livingston made five stops with two pressures.

"I felt like [Dailey] got uncomfortable in the pocket," Monos said. "Wilkes is a good football team, they've beat some people, they've given people problems. I was concerned - they move the football against everybody, and we shut them down."

For LVC, stringing together its second straight win after a tough start to the season has them growing in confidence.

"It's definitely been a great transition we've made to the second half of the season and we're getting things together, and I have to thank the line for that," Irving said. "We had to really look at ourselves and figure out what we were going to do to change our luck."

Irving opened the scoring on the opening drive, pushing into the end zone from 10 yards thanks to a hefty boost from the offensive line. DJ Johnson robbed Wilkes of a touchdown on their first possession with an interception in the end zone, but the game fell into a lull until early in the second quarter when the Dutchmen broke out for four touchdowns before halftime. A 53-yard completion to George set up Irving's second score, then after a three-and-out, Murphy went long again for George on their first play, going 78 yards to score.

Another defensive stop got the ball back and Murphy targeted Sweeper for a 43-yard catch in the end zone, and Joe Bennett's spectacular 44-yard layout put the Dutchmen in position for Billy Powanda's dive up the middle in the final minute to lead 33-0 at the break.

Lebanon Valley stepped off the gas in the second half with back-ups playing most of the third and all of the fourth quarters on offense; Irving broke free for a 39-yard touchdown on his final series of work, and senior Jeff Hacker made his first career touchdown on a three-yard tote following Alex Beamesderfer's fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter.

LVC will travel to FDU-Florham on Nov. 1.