October 30, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Preview: Dutchman Try For Three Straight At FDU

If You Only Know Five Things
  1. Lebanon Valley has won two in a row and is trying to get some momentum going in the second half of the season.
  2. The Dutchmen are coming off their first shutout in five years, a 46-0 drubbing of Wilkes last week.
  3. The Dutchmen own a nine-game winning streak over FDU-Florham.
  4. Brian Murphy is coming off a career game that saw him pass for 286 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters' of work.
  5. Brendon Irving, who ran for four touchdowns against FDU last year, last week rushed for three touchdowns and 148 yards against Wilkes.
Lebanon Valley (2-5, 2-4 MAC) at FDU-Florham (0-7, 0-6 MAC)
Saturday, Nov. 1 | 1 p.m. | Shields Field | The 18th Meeting

Game Info
LVC Media Notes / Two Deep
FDU-Florham Media Notes / Two Deep

Game Coverage
Live Video: none
Live Stats: FDUDevils.com
Radio: Flying Dutchmen Radio Network
(WMSS 91.1 FM / WWSM 1510 AM)
Radio Webcast: WMSSFM.com

Rolling with two straight wins and a shutout of Wilkes in Week 8, Lebanon Valley hopes to make it three in a row with a visit to FDU-Florham.

Online Video
Live video is not available for the game.

On the Radio
The game will be broadcast on the Flying Dutchmen Radio Network on WMSS 91.1 FM in the Harrisburg area and WWSM 1510 AM in Lebanon County. Eric Thomas and Brian Keyser will call the action. The game will be streamed live and for free at WMSSFM.com and GoDutchmen.com.

Weather Forecast
[Forecast] Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain, windy with highs in the lower 50s.

If You Go
[Directions] Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and children under 12 are free.

Series History
Today's game is the 18th meeting all-time ... LVC leads the series 12-5 and is carrying a nine-game win streak that stretches back to 2005 ... This will be the 12th consecutive meeting since the series resumed in 2001 ... The first meeting was Oct. 7, 1983 in Madison, an 18-17 LVC win ... Coach Jim Monos is 10-1 against the Devils ... The Dutchmen are 24-9 against New Jersey teams all-time.

Last Year vs. FDU-Florham
Austin Hartman and Brendan Irving each tied a program record with four touchdowns apiece as Lebanon Valley routed FDU-Florham 65-21 in 2013. The Dutchmen simply could not be stopped, gaining 503 yards of offense with 283 on the ground. Both Hartman and Irving cleared 100 yards rushing - almost entirely in the first half - and Brian Murphy threw for 201 yards on 11-of-19 passing. Bryan Ek added a 75-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter. The game rewrote the record books as LVC's point total was its highest since 1924, and Sean Fakete set a single-game record with eight PAT kicks. Hartman and Irving became just the fifth and sixth Dutchmen to rush for four touchdowns in a single game, the first duo to do in the same game, and they were the first pair of 100-yard rushers since 2005.

Wilkes Recap
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 Georgeand 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. 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 andMike Gilger. Frank Gaffney and Reid Pavlik owned the edges with six tackles apiece, and Andrew Livingston made five stops with two pressures.

Murphy On MAC Honor Roll
Quarterback Brian Murphy was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for leading an explosive offensive effort against Wilkes. Murphy had a superb day in LVC's 46-0 shutout, throwing for a career-high 286 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-14 passing in just over two quarters of action. He completed his first six passes and found his first scoring strike on a 78-yard bomb to Tyler George early in the second quarter before hitting Darryl Sweeper from 43 yards. He later connected on a 44-yard pass toJoe Bennett to set up LVC's fourth and final touchdown of the second quarter to lead 33-0 and all but finish the day for the starting offense.

George Challenging Records
Senidor wide receiver Tyler George has put together a fantastic senior season, and he's inching into consideration for having one of the best seasons ever by an LVC wide-out. With three games left, his nine touchdowns this season ranks third all-time (Adam Brossman '08 holds the record with 15), and he is on pace to challenge the 1,000-yard mark for only the second time in program history (Brossman had 1,107 yards in 2006). George is coming off consecutive 100-yard games and has a touchdown in five straight outings.

No Place Like Home
Four active Dutchmen will be playing near their high school stomping grounds. Randol Almonte (Lodi),Mike Mullen (Freehold Twp.), Joe Bennett (Passaic County Tech), Alex Bowers (Montclair) are all North Jersey products, and Tyler Good is a graduate of Phillipsburg in northwestern New Jersey.

Noting LVC's Offense
LVC's offense averages 25.4 points and 365.0 yards per game ... Senior quarterback Brian Murphy has thrown for 1,341 yards and 13 touchdowns this season coming off a career game last week ... Tyler George and Darryl Sweeper are the top receivers, with George hauling in nine touchdowns and 651 yards on 39 catches, and Sweeper, who has been the big-play target, has 411 yards and three scores on 21 receptions ... Joe Bennett has developed into a key outlet with 14 catches for 163 yards, and Mike Smithhas seven catches and a touchdown ... On the ground, Brendon Irving has a team-best 768 yards and six touchdowns coming off his second straight 100-yard game ... Irving could cross his freshman total of 834 yards rushing this week ... Spencer Moser has impressed as a freshman with 161 yards ... Jeff Hackerscored his first career touchdown last week ... LVC uses its fullbacks, as well, with Bobby Conlon rushing for 59 yards and Billy Powanda compiling four short-range touchdowns ... The offensive line has surrendered only 12 sacks through seven games ... Left tackle Tyler Dean started his 36th career game vs. Wilkes, leading the team ... LVC has put the same starting lineup out on offense in all seven games.

Noting LVC's Defense
LVC's defense has had three straight outstanding games, allowing 25.4 points per game this season but only 8.6 points per game over their last three ... The shutout of Wilkes was LVC's first since a 24-0 win over Widener in 2009 ... The Dutchmen held Wilkes to 53 yards rushing and forced seven punts ... Reid Pavlik, who has filled in admirably at outside linebacker after moving from safety, had the game's only sack last week ... Frank Gaffney leads the defense with 65 tackles (37 solo) ... Andrew Livingston is the leader on the line, compiling 45 tackles ... Six Dutchmen have 4.0+ tackles for a loss this season, including Kevin Antol (4.0), Trevor St. Clair (4.5), Pavlik (4.5), and Joe Scerbo (4.0) ... DJ Johnson made his second interception of the seaosn last week, and for the second time he stole a touchdown with an end zone pick (also at Stevenson) ... Freshman Mike Gilger earned his first career interception against Wilkes, as well ... LVC had tremendous backfield pressure, with Livingston and Tommy Garner leading the way with two hurries apiece ... Last week was the first time this season that LVC's injury-hit defense put out the same starting lineup in consecutive games.

Noting LVC's Specialists
Jeff Hacker had the best punting day of his career vs. Wilkes, averaging 33 yards on four boots and sticking two inside the 20 with two touchbacks ... Only one of his punts was returned ... Nick Newton has developed into a solid kickoff option for LVC, averaging 51 yards per kickoff since taking over early in the second ... LVC's returners are among the conference's best; Tim Pirrone and Mike Smith each average just over 21 yards per kick return, and Smith (10.0 ypr), Tim Schumacher (8.8 ypr), and Ricky Feggins(8.4) have been solid on punt takes ... Matt Smoluk is 2-for-3 on field goals this season.

Next Time
LVC visits Lycoming on Nov. 8.