October 25, 2015

Lebanon Valley Football - Big Fourth Quarter Keys Dutchmen Rout at Wilkes

Photo Courtesy of LVC Athletics
Lebanon Valley used a huge fourth quarter effort to roll Middle Atlantic Conference foe Wilkes 48-17 at Schmidt Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the Flying Dutchmen's third in a row.

LVC (4-3, 4-2 MAC) opened the scoring thanks to an impressive 17-play, 7:50 drive capped by Tim Pirrone's seven-yard touchdown pass to Travis Saylor with three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Colonels (1-6, 1-5 MAC) responded with a 28-yard field goal at 13:59 of the second quarter following a 12-play drive but the scoring would stall for the next ten minutes.

The Dutchmen finally added to their advantage when Marcus Brown booted home a 29-yard field goal with 3:12 left in the first half before Wilkes answered with a quick, eight-play scoring drive capped by a 41-yard touchdown pass.

But as quickly as the home team drew even, Lebanon Valley had an answer, going 64 yards on eight plays in just 48 seconds. Pirrone finished off the possession with his second seven-yard touchdown pass of the game, this time to Jeremy De La Cruz with 22 seconds left before halftime.

The Dutchmen added the first score of the second half when Brown converted a career-long 38-yard field goal attempt following Zachary Adams' interception and eight-yard return on the Colonels' first possession of the third quarter.

Wilkes cut the defict to 20-17 with a 13-play, 74-yard scoring drive that featured seven PJ Inremona rushes, including a two-yard punch in to cap the march with 7:02 remaining in the third.

But again, the Dutchmen had an answer. They put together a 14-play, 67-yard scoring drive that chewed up nearly six minutes of clock. Pirrone jaunted 18 yards for a touchdown to close out the possession with 1:07 left in the quarter.

The start of the fourth quarter spelled the end of any hope of a Wilkes' comeback as Lebanon Valley went 72 yards on 10 plays, adding another touchdown when Pirrone hit Corey Keen from 22 yards out to make it 34-17 LVC.

Brendon Irving rushed five times on the team's ensuing possession and capped the offense's final scoring drive of the game with a seven yard touchdown run with 3:51 left to play, but it was the defense that put an exclamation point on the proceedings when Blake Lutz picked off a pass and returned it 46 yards to the end zone with 1:55 remaining.

Offensive Standout
Tim Pirrone – The sophomore quarterback continued his solid play as of late by going 15-for-24 through the air with 160 yards and three touchdowns to go along with his 10 rushes, 49 rushing yards, and 18-yard touchdown scamper.

Defensive Standouts
Tommy GarnerBlake Lutz – Garner notched a team-high seven tackles, including six solo stops, one tackle-for-loss, and recovered a fumble, while Lutz turned in a 46-yard pick-six to go along with five tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and a forced fumble.

Special Teams Standout
Marcus Brown – The freshman continues to provide consistency for the LVC kicking game. On Saturday, he booted two field goals, including a career-long 38-yarder, and was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra point attempts.

Best of the Rest
- Lebanon Valley's three-game win-streak is the team's longest of the season.
Brendon Irving extended his streak of 100-yard rushing efforts to 12 games thanks to his 26-rush, 109 yard, and one touchdown performance.
- Irving continues to lead the MAC in rushing and needs just 75 yards on the ground to break the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season.
- Six different players caught passes on the day. Travis SaylorJeremy De La CruzCorey KeenKyle Zimnik,Trey Manning, and Elijah Johnson combined for 160 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
- As a team, LVC ranks second in the MAC with 35.7 points scored per game.
Bryan Ek and Tom Gallagher joined Blake Lutz and Tommy Garner as players with tackles-for-loss on the day. Gallagher added a team-high seven total tackles.
Kevin Antol made six stops, including five of the solo variety, forced a fumble, and recorded a pass breakup.
- The Dutchmen have won their five games coming off a bye week dating back to 2011.

Who's Next? 
LVC finishes up its two-game road trip at Delaware Valley next Saturday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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