November 3, 2015

Mr. MAC Pick Results Week 9 - I Got Upset!

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Mr MAC Picks for Week 9 (4 Wins - 1 Loss)
My YTD Record (26 Wins, 10 Losses - 0.722)

SATURDAY October 31

Actual Score Was: Stevenson 31 Vs Wilkes 14
I almost nailed this game. Stevenson is still on a mission for it's first conference championship and playing well. Stevenson scored early on a one yard run by Kiandre Burrell capping a 54 yard seven play drive. A field goal put the Mustangs up 10-0 after one period. Wilkes came back in the second quarter as junior quarterback Ryan Dailey connected with sophomore wide receiver Aaron Coyne for a 75 yard touchdown. Stevenson quarterback Brad Harmon went to the air hitting Devin Salisbury for a 39 yard touchdown with just 35 seconds in the half. The Mustangs put the game out of reach for Wilkes with another rushing touchdown by Burrell and a pass reception by junior wide receiver Devonte Williams to move the lead to 31-7. The final Wilkes touchdown was a three yard pass from Dailey to sophomore tight end Garrett Armstrong.

Ed Hottle
My Pick Was: Stevenson 28 at Wilkes 14
My Commentary Was: Stevenson will continue to play well. I feel that Wilkes does not have enough fire power right now to challenge this much improved  Mustang team. The Mustangs are on a mission to win the MAC Championship. They are well coached by 5th year head coach Ed Hottle. Wilkes could play like they did against DelVal. Wilkes is under the capable hands of head coach Trey Brown, but I am not seeing that intensity there. Another win for Stevenson.

Actual Score Was: Widener 48 Vs Lycoming 7
This game was my worst pick all year and the score a shocker. I really thought Lycoming was progressing and ready for something special. WOW, was I wrong. Widener was in their championship form of last year in this game. They had a punt return that set up a touchdown, passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, field goals and a defense that did not even bend, let alone break.

This game was 13-7 Widener halfway through the second quarter as Widener had two field goals of 30 and 32 yards by Ryan O'Hara. A 15 yard passing touchdown from quarterback Alex Krivda to Blaine Price was countered by Lycoming's only score. Warriors quarterback Chase Whitman connected with wide receiver Ryan Umpleby for three yards ending a 10 play 75 yard drive. That was it for the Warriors, no more ammunition in the chamber. Hard to believe their day was technically over. Widener was so impressive as they scored two more times before halftime. They extend their lead to 27-7 on a Robert Getz 18 yard touchdown run, and an eight yard pass from Krivda to Philip Ragona.

The second half was all Widener with two more rushing touchdowns and one score through the air. Widener used a punt return that was over 60 yards to set up anotheer score and interception for the other. With the game at 41-7, the Pride kept their foot on the gas. Quarterback Krivda connected to Matt Kutler on a 29 yard pass down the right sideline for the score. Widener's defense was dominate as the 48-7 score indicated.

Blake Bowman
My Pick Is: Lycoming 27 at Widener 24
My Commentary is: Let me explain right off the bat that I see the statistics. I know that Widener leads in many of the MAC year -to-date stats as compared to Lycoming. But I also know that Widener is on the decline from where they were last year. This year the Pride is inconsistent on offense. Widener has had tbeir way with the Warriors, last year defeating Lycoming 34-17. In 2013 Widener defeated the Warriors in a classic 16-14 win. Classic memorable games are the norm between these two teams. But I believe Lycoming is improving and has turned the corner with this young team (only 12 seniors). Maybe Lycoming is not improving enough for this upset win, but I am going on a hunch here! Watch out for Lycoming's running attack in Jr. Blake Bowman. Game goes to Lycoming in a close one.

Actual Score Was: DelVal 28 Vs Lebanon Valley 21
This must have been one heck of a game. The only trouble is that I cannot be at them all. After three quarters of this game it was a 14-14 tie. Both teams scored one touchdown in Q1 and Q2. Like a heavy weight boxing match, the Dutchman scored with six minutes to go in the first quarter and the Aggies returned the favor with just one minute on the clock. The Aggies then took the lead on a Tyler Bing 17 yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Dashawn Darden. Next came a hard right punch from Lebanon Valley. Running back Ryan Fink plunged over the goal line from the one yard out for his second touchdown of the game. All square at halftime.

Moving to the fourth quarter, Delaware Valley used ball control with an eight minute 16 play 74 yard scoring drive. It was capped off by a  Michael Jensen 11 yard pass reception from QB Darden. LebVal charged right back with a passing score of their own. Wide Receiver Travis Saylor  scored on a 7 yard pass reception from sophomore QB Tim Pirrone. The traveling crowd from Lebanon Valley probably went wild, but that would be short lived. Just 37 seconds later, Aggies QB Darden connected with Eric Shorter for a backbreaking 92 yard touchdown to seal the deal for the nationally ranked Aggies. Delaware remains in the hunt for the MAC Championship. They travel to Lycoming next week and finish the regular season against Widener at home. That game will be one you won't want to miss.

Sean Miller
My Pick Is: Lebanon Valley 20 at Delaware Valley 30
My Commentary is: This should be a great game to watch. The "Valley's" are very good teams, but I feel that Delaware Valley's defense is so good that they will control this game. They are lead by sophomore defensive back Sean Miller who single handedly won the game for the Aggies. A 100 yard pick six and a touchdown saving tackle at the DelVal one yard line still are etched in my mind. Lebanon Valley has an up and coming offense with sophomore Tim Pirrone (still listed as a wide receiver) The Dutchman are still struggling on the defensive side of the ball right now. The Aggies have had trouble scoring from the red zone, but they are sorting this problem out as demonstrated at Albright. This game goes to the Aggies.

Actual Score Was: FDU-Florham 40 Vs Misericordia 38
This was a game of two talented teams playing for pride and in the end, FDU held off Misericordia. This game was 10-7 at halftime in favor of visiting Misericordia. The second half was a shootout in the wild west or you might call it the Malik Pressley show verses J Petties-Jackson! The Devil (On Halloween) Pressly scored five times on pass plays of 4, 3, 24, 51 and 64 yards. Let me sit down, I am out of breath already. He had an afternoon, good enough to be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week. Misericordia's J Petties-Jacks put on a show of his own with completions of 39, 56, and 46 yards. In fact Pettis-Jacks had 141 yards on those receptions Vs 112 yards by Pressley, a stat that means nothing, but I had to do it! Great game to watch, great fireworks from two teams that have lots of talent.

Malik Pressley
My Pick Is: Misericordia 21 at FDU-Florham 28
My Commentary is: Misericordia has been struggling all year and unfortunately this game will continue those woes. FDU-Florham has quality two quality wide receivers in junior Esaun Mobley and sophomore Malik Pressley. Throw in senior quarterback Tyler Maurer who can find his receivers and you have a offensive capable of scoring from anywhere. They can put up points in a hurry and will in this game. Last week Maurer threw the ball a school record 62 tinmes against the Warrior defense. Even though FDU-Florham is one dimensional, they win their third game of the year.

Actual Score Was: Albright 38 Vs King's 28
I knew King's would hang with Albright, but I did not think they could finish the race on top. Turnovers accounted for 28 of Albrights points. It is hard to win with that many mistakes. The win for Albright keeps them in the hunt with DelVal and Stevenson for a playoff bid as all are 6-1 in the MAC Conference.

The Lions broke this game open in the second quarter. Trailing 7-3 after one period, Albright scored on a Khari Jefferson 35 yd pass from Alec Vignola, a Colton Ryan 100 yd "Pick Six" and Khari Jefferson 2 yd pass from freshman QB Mike Knight. King's finally answered with a Mike Palmer 26 yd pass reception from QB Zach Whitehead. After three periods, it was the Lions 31, the Monarchs 14. The Monarchs had a late charge, but it was too little too late.

My Pick Is: Albright 34 at King’s 20
My Commentary is: Albright is coming off of a stinging loss. A team that was ranked as high as they were (16th in the nation) and takes a loss like that can go one of two way. They could go down for count or bounce back big time. I look for the Lions to bounce back because they are still very much in the hunt for the MAC Championship and the playoffs. King's is a very good team this year and very well coached, but they will not overcome the Albright machine which is still awesome. The Lions stay in the MAC Championship hunt with this win.


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