October 11, 2014

LVC Rolls Past Misericordia For Homecoming Win

Photo Courtesy of Lebanon Valley Sports Information
ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley's offense erupted for 627 yards as it rolled, 44-16, over Misericordia in front of a packed Homecoming crowd at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (1-5) approached the school record for total offensive yards as running back Brendon Irving went off for 175 yards and two touchdowns, and the receiving duo of Tyler George(106 yards, 2 TDs) and Homecoming king Darryl Sweeper (94 yds) led LVC's big day. Brian Murphy was 10-of-14 for 219 yards and two scores, while also running for another.

LVC's defense held the Cougars (1-5) to 221 total yards led byFrank Gaffney's 10-tackle, 2.0-sack day, while Brandon McMinnhad a career day with seven stops, a fumble recovery, and a sack. Reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week Andrew Livingstonmade seven tackles with a hurry.

"We were really pleased with the way our football team played today, on both sides of the ball," said head coach Jim Monos, whose team will head into the bye week with a win. "We came in here and played from the very start, and I was very happy about that."

LVC won on Homecoming for the seventh straight year, making its senior class only the fifth in school history to win all of its Homecoming games.

The Dutchmen rolled out 372 of their yards on the ground, led by Irving but with a career-high 65 yards by freshman Spencer Moserand significant contributions from Murphy, fullbacks Billy Powandaand Bobby Conlon, and back-ups Cyree Sutton-Ames and Jeff Hacker.

Misericordia fumbled the game's opening kickoff and LVC made them pay with Irving's first touchdown, but a Patrick Newins field goal cut the lead to 7-3 before George snared a 42-yard touchdown from Murphy. Misericordia responded with Michael Cheslock's touchdown to cap a 14-play drive on the opening play of the second quarter, but that would be their last points until late in the fourth as LVC scored 30 unanswered points.

George caught his second touchdown midway through the second quarter, then a defense stop helped get the ball back for Murphy to cap a quick 7-play, 62-yard drive with a score just before halftime.Billy Powanda dove up the middle for his third touchdown of the year to open the second half after LVC drove from their own 1 yardline, and Irving's second made it 44-9 before Cheslock scored on a 67-yard breakout late in the game.