September 21, 2015

Wilkes Football - Colonels upended at Lycoming

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WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Host Lycoming College broke open a three-point game in the fourth quarter scoring 21 unanswered points in the final frame on way to a 48-24 victory over visiting Wilkes University Saturday afternoon in Middle Atlantic Conference football action at David Person Field.

Wilkes slips to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in MAC play following the defeat. Lycoming notches it first win of the season standing 1-2 overall and 1-1 in league games.

Wilkes scored on its first drive of the game using eleven plays (eight passes) before Ryan Dailey (Easton, PA/Wilson) connected with Aaron Coyne (Springfield, PA/Springfield) for an 18-yard touchdown pass to put the Colonels up 7-0 with 11:24 left in the first quarter following a Carl Von Glahn (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown) extra point.

Lycoming answered notching its first score of the game punching it in on the ground from one yard out to cut the lead to 7-6 with 7:47 left in the opening quarter after the extra point attempt was blocked by Wilkes' Garret Armstrong.

The Colonels offense continued to find its rhythm in the stanza taking its second straight drive for a score. The pass was the difference in the drive yet again as Dailey hit William Deemer (Washington Township, NJ/Warren Hills) for 15 yards and Armstrong for 11 yards to move the ball down to the Lycoming 33. From there, Dailey found Coyne in the back of the end zone for the duos second touchdown pitch-and-catch of the frame as Wilkes pushed its lead to 14-6 with just under three minutes left in the first quarter.

Lycoming answered again on the ensuing possession using a nine play, 72-yard drive capped by another short touchdown run to cut the Wilkes advantage to 14-13 early in the second quarter.

The teams then traded punts on the next two drives before Wilkes took possession from its own goal line following a Lycoming punt that was down just before touching the end zone. The Colonels ran the ball withPJ Incremona (Wood Ridge, NJ/Wood Ridge) on the drives' first play, but the senior fumbled in the end zone and the ball was recovered by a Lycoming defensive player for a Warrior touchdown giving the hosts their first lead of the afternoon up 20-14 with 9:54 left in the first half.

The Colonel offense came up with one more scoring drive before halftime finding the end zone in just :39 seconds using seven plays and going 76 yards for the score. Dailey notched his third passing touchdown of the half hitting Incremona out of the backfield for a screen pass that went 17 yards for the Wilkes score putting the Colonels ahead 21-20 at the break.

The Wilkes defense came up with a turnover on Lycoming's first drive of the second half when Jordan Stiles (Camp Hill, PA/Cedar Cliff) picked off Lycoming quarterback Chase Whiteman and returned the ball twenty yards to the Lycoming 22 setting up the Colonel offense with great field position. After two rushes and an incomplete pass, Wilkes settled for a 22-yard field goal from Van Glahn that was true extending the lead to 24-20.

Lycoming took back the lead to end the third quarter using a five-yard scoring pass from Whiteman to Nick Costello to lead 27-24 heading into the final stanza of play.

From there it was all Warriors as the hosts rattled off 21 straight points in the final frame. An 83-yard touchdown pass opened the quarter and two drives later a 19-yard rushing touchdown gave Lycoming a 41-24 advantage with just over seven minutes left to play. The Warriors added one more score late on an interception return for a touchdown to close out the game and the scoring run.

Dailey finished with a career-high in attempts and yards while also matching a career-high with three touchdowns through the air, a feat he also notched against Misericordia last season. The junior signal-caller went 39-for-59 for 357 yards and the three scores, all in the first half of play. PJ Incremona (Wood Ridge, NJ/Wood Ridge) paced the Wilkes ground attack with 38 yards on 17 rushes.

Eight different Colonel receivers made at least two receptions led by Deemer's ten catches for 94 yards. Coyne finished with eight grabs for 72 yards and two scores.

Tanner Stengel (Allentown, PA/Parkland) led the defense for a third consecutive week with 11 tackles and two sacks. It marks the third straight week of 10+ tackles for the junior linebacker.

Wilkes continues its road stretch on Friday traveling to Madison, NJ to face FDU-Florham (1-1, 0-1 MAC) at 7:00 p.m.

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