Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lebanon Valley Football - The Dutchman Can't Get Going at No. 24 Stevenson

Photo Courtesy of Lebanon Valley Athletics
Box Score How It Happened
A lack of a passing game, a failure to convert a crucial red zone opportunity, and a pair of turnovers doomed Lebanon Valley in a 24-13 loss at No. 24 Stevenson on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17.

The Flying Dutchmen (1-2, 1-1 MAC) fell behind early when the Mustangs (3-0, 2-0 MAC) put together an impressive 96-yard opening drive that was keyed by a pair of long Jainard Crawley-Williams runs and capped off when quarterback Daniel Williams converted a 3rd and 15 by hitting wideout Preston Addo for a 30-yard touchdown with 5:53 remaining in the first quarter.

After LVC was forced to punt following its second possession, Stevenson scored again when Crawley-Williams finished off a 7-play, 42-yard drive by punching it in from eight yards out with 1:03 left in the opening quarter.

The Lebanon Valley offense came to life on its next drive, as the team moved the ball from inside its own red zone all the way down to the Mustang 4-yard line. The Stevenson defense kept the Dutchmen out of the end zone with a pair of tackles for loss and LVC was forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter. A bad snap kept Marcus Brown from getting his kick off, however, and the Dutchmen came away from the impressive drive with nothing to show for it.

Tim Pirrone's third-down pass was tipped and picked off on LVC's first possession of the second half and the Mustangs converted the turnover into points on the ensuing drive when Williams hooked up with Kenneth Scott-Kellow who nabbed the pass in the flat and scampered 10 yards to paydirt to make it 21-0 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.

The Dutchmen put together a 14-play drive after getting the ball back and this time came away with points when Pirrone sneaked across the goal line from one yard out. A consistent run game powered by Pirrone, Brendon Irving, and Jon Jones keyed the team's first scoring drive of the day. Special teams plagued LVC for the second time, however, when Brown's extra-point attempt was blocked with 1:57 remaining in the third.

The Mustangs responded with a field goal drive capped by Tim Sternfeld's 25-yarder to push the advantage to 24-6 with less than 13 minutes to play.

LVC put together its third long drive of the game on the ensuing possession and Pirrone scored his second rushing touchdown on the 15th play, this time from two yards out, to draw the Dutchmen to within 24-13 with 6:47 remaining.

With time against them, the Dutchmen attempted an onside kick and Tom Gallagher appeared to come down with Nick Bentz's try exactly 10 yards from where the ball was kicked. But LVC was flagged for illegal touching, the Mustangs took over, and Lebanon Valley ran out of time.

Turning Point
Trailing 14-0 late in the first quarter, LVC put together an impressive drive that saw the offense move the ball from its own 19-yard line inside the Stevenson 5-yard line. The drive was stalled when the Mustangs hit running back Jon Jones behind the line of scrimmage on consecutive plays, forcing the Dutchmen to send out the field goal unit. A bad snap forced holder Tyler Cottleto heave a desperation throw towards the end zone but it fell harmlessly to the turf. The potentially game-changing possession ended without points after 16 plays and the momentum remained firmly in the corner of Stevenson heading into halftime.

Inside the Numbers
- After Saturday's game, the all-time series between LVC and Stevenson is tied 3-3.
- Stevenson has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
- LVC managed just 76 yards through the air, compared to the Mustangs' 192 passing yards.
- The Dutchmen rushed for 222 yards, while Stevenson compiled 146 yards on the ground.
- Lebanon Valley turned the ball over twice. The Mustangs did not commit a turnover.
- Punter Spencer Moser punted his best ball of the young season when he pinned the home team at its own 4-yard line early in the first quarter.
- Quarterback Tim Pirrone was LVC's leading rusher. He ran for 103 yards and two scores on 13 carries.
- Stevenson quarterback Daniel Williams took advantage of LVC's soft coverage, going 23-28 for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
- Lebanon Valley tallied seven tackles for loss on the day, withAlex TrujilloRyan JohnsonRubens Isai, and Adam Wagamanleading the way with one each.
Trent Donlan and Tyler Conlon combined for the lone Dutchmen sack.
Spencer Moser was LVC's leading tackler. The corner finished with 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops, and a pass breakup.

Who's Next?
The Dutchmen play their second straight road game when they travel to King's on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24. LVC defeated the Monarchs 10-6 in a defensive struggle at Arnold Field last fall.

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