November 13, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football - Dutchmen Hoping To Beat Albright In Season Finale

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If You Only Know Five Things
Before the game, LVC will honor its 25-member senior class before their final game at Arnold Field.
Brendon Irving became LVC's seventh 1,000-yard rusher last week, and has run for 1,078 yards this season.

LVC and Albright are meeting for the 94th time. It is the oldest and most-played rivalry in LVC football, having first met in 1898.

Trevor St. Clair was the MAC and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording an interception, fumble recovery, and kick block at Lycoming.
Tradition holds that an LVC victory over Albright results in students getting the day before Thanksgiving off from school, but only if they march en masse to the president's residence, Kreiderheim, to request it.

Series History
This is the 94th meeting in the rivalry ... Albright leads 58-32-3 ... It is the most-played rivalry in LVC history, and the oldest continuous, having been played every year since 1947 (excluding World War II years, it has been going every year since 1924) ... The first meeting was a 10-3 LVC win on Nov. 2, 1898 ... An unknown dispute led to a gap in the series between 1903 and 1912, despite the fact that Albright at that time was located in Myerstown in Lebanon County ... Jim Monos is 10-11 vs. the Lions.

Senior Day
Before the game, LVC will honor its 25-member senior class as well as its senior cheerleaders, managers, and athletic trainers. The Class of 2015 has won 25 games, the 2013 MAC championship and NCAA appearance, and the 2011 ECAC Bowl title.

Last Year vs. Albright
Lebanon Valley clinched its first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament, getting help from around the league despite a 40-25 loss at Albright in the regular-season finale. The Dutchmen shared the MAC title with Lycoming - LVC's first since 1969 - but earned the NCAA berth after Delaware Valley beat Widener. Turnovers hurt Lebanon Valley as Albright scored three times off giveaways as the Lions racked up 454 yards of offense led by Ty Luddy's 173 yards and two touchdowns passing and Ty Hughes' 130 yards on the ground. Brendan Irving recorded his fourth straight 100-yard game, going for 105 yards, while Brian Murphy and Austin Hartman each ran for touchdowns. Murphy threw for 214 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to Jake Zeigler, who ended with a career-best 146 yards on six receptions.

Lycoming Recap
Lebanon Valley lost an overtime heartbreaker at Lycoming, 30-29, in a thrilling back-and-forth battle between the 2013 MAC co-champions. Billy Powanda scored four touchdowns and Brendon Irvingr an for 184 yards, but the Warriors (7-2, 6-2 MAC) got a 411-yard, four-touchdown day from quarterback Tyler Jenny and a key blocked PAT in overtime to escape with the win. Irving became the seventh Dutchman to cross the season 1,000-yard mark, and Powanda tied the school record for touchdowns in a game. Lycoming air attacked produced a 228-yard, three-touchdown day for Ryan Umpleby, but the Dutchmen managed to hold feature back Craig Needhammer, who ran for 239 yards a week ago, to only 34 yards on 16 carries.

The Tradition
Tradition holds that if Lebanon Valley beats Albright, its oldest rival, then the LVC student body is to march up the hill to the home of President Lewis Thayne, Kreiderheim, and request the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) off from school. That day is scheduled to be a half-day of classes.

St. Clair, Powanda Earn ECAC, MAC Weekly Honors
Trevor St. Clair was named the ECAC and MAC Defensive Player of the Week after generating two turnovers and blocking a kick at Lycoming last week. St. Clair had an interception and fumble recovery in the second half. Billy Powanda's four-touchdown day earned him a spot on the MAC Weekly Honor Roll as the fullback tied the program record for rushing scores.

Johnson Named Academic All-District
Last week, senior cornerback DJ Johnson was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District on Thursday for his outstanding combination of academic and athletic achievement in 2014. Johnson is a physical therapy major carrying a 3.96 GPA into his senior year. He moved from safety to cornerback early in the season and has excelled there, starting six times and making 18 tackles (one for a loss) while picking off a team-high three interceptions to go with two other break-ups. Johnson had interceptions against Delaware Valley, Wilkes, and FDU-Florham.

Irving Hits 1,000
Brendon Irving became the seventh Dutchman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season last week, and now has 1,078 yards this season. Irving has four consecutive 100+ yard games and five overall this year.

LVC 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons
1,330 - Ben Guiles (2010)
1,226 - Ben Guiles (2011)
1,105 - Charlie Parker (2007)
1,103 - Ken Wilson (1989)
1,078 - Brendon Irving (2014)
1,036 - Frank Tavani (1975)
1,026 - Rick Coleman (1977)
1,012 - Pete Henning (2003)

George Challenging Records
Senior 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. George is bidding to become only the second receiver in LVC history to get to 1,000 yards; he has 878 coming off a 135-yard effort against Lycoming. With 11 touchdowns, he is tied for second-most all-time in a season, with the record of 15 held by Adam Brossman '08.

LVC Receiving Yards in a Season
1,107 - Adam Brossman (2006)
993 - Eric Stouch (1992)
990 - Adam Brossman (2005)
985 - Tim Picerno (2011)
878 - Tyler George (2014)

LVC Receiving TDs In A Season
15 - Adam Brossman (2005)
15 - Adam Brossman (2006)
11 - Tyler George (2014)
11 - Eric Stouch (1992)
11 - Bob Schwenk (1991)
11 - Joe Brennan (2009)

LVC Receptions In A Season
62 - Eric Stouch (1992)
62 - Adam Brossman (2006)
59 - Tim Picerno (2011)
55 - Brian Wassell (1990)
55 - Bob Schwenk (1991)
44 - Tyler George (2014)

Murphy Climbing TD Chart
Senior quarterback Brian Murphy, like his top target Tyler George, is climbing up the single-season touchdown chart. Murphy has 17 touchdowns, five away from the program record and one off of his career high set last year.

LVC Passing TDs In A Season
22 - Colt Zarilla (2011)
21 - Dan Kelly (2005)
20 - Dan Kelly (2006)
20 - Erik Orndorff (1991)
17 - Brian Murphy (2014)

Dean Of The College
Senior tackle and captain Tyler Dean will start his team-high 39th and final game today, closing out a terrific career at both right and left tackle. Dean has been a rock of LVC's offensive line for the past four years, starting 29 consecutive games since the start of his sophomore year and missing only two games in his career, which came as a freshman.