November 15, 2015

Lebanon Valley Football - Dutchman Can't Slow Albright's Offense In Season Finale

Photo courtesy of Lebanon Valley Athletics
Reading, PA - With Lebanon Valley leading 7-3 early in the second quarter, Albright's high-powered offense scored 35 unanswered points en route to capturing the 2015 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship with a 38-13 win at Shirk Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the Flying Dutchmen (5-5, 5-4 MAC) trailing 3-0, Travis Saylor made two fantastic catches during LVC's second-quarter scoring-drive, one a diving catch on third down to move the chains before snagging a 16-yard pass from Tim Pirrone, breaking a tackle, and diving into the end zone to give the Flying Dutchmen their only lead of the afternoon.

The Lions' passing game got rolling on the ensuing possession, using a wide receiver pass play to score a long touchdown, and never looked back. Albright added two more touchdowns before halftime and a pair of third quarter field goals before finding the end zone for the final time early in the fourth to put it out of reach.

Senior fullback Charlie Galante corralled a four-yard touchdown pass, the first of his career, from fellow seniorJeremy Franck with 39 seconds remaining to end LVC's drought and cap the game's scoring.

Offensive Standouts
Travis Saylor, Brendon Irving – Saylor was a one man show for LVC in the early going, making a spectacular diving catch in the first quarter before making a tough catch in traffic and breaking a tackle to score the team's first touchdown a few plays later. Irving returned from injury and rushed for 53 yards, good enough to put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He is just the second player in program history to accomplish that feat.

Defensive Standouts
Kevin Antol, Connor Pierce – LVC's safety tandem was forced to put the hammer down on a number of occasions on Saturday afternoon. Antol made a team-high nine tackles, including eight unassisted stops and one for loss, in his final game as a Dutchman. Pierce, also playing his last game for Lebanon Valley, recorded seven stops, six solo, with one TFL.

Special Teams Standout
Ryan Heim – The return man was solid for LVC's special teams and looked like his early season self after he was forced to sit out a few games midway through the year with an injury. Heim returned three kicks for a total of 63 yards with a long of 34.

Best of the Rest
- The matchup with Albright is the most-played rivalry in LVC history, and the oldest continuous, having been played every year since 1947.
- Today's game pitted the MAC's top two scoring offenses against each other. Entering the season finale, the Lions were averaging 36.4 points per contest, while Lebanon Valley was tallying 31.2 points per game.
- Brendon Irving joined Ben Guiles as just the second player in program history to record 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in back-to-back seasons.
- LVC finished the year with a record of .500 or above for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.
- Albright was the second nationally-ranked opponent the Dutchmen faced this fall. LVC fell 28-21 to no. 24 Delaware Valley two weeks ago.
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