Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lycoming Football - Monarchs defeat Warrior at David Person Field for the First Time

Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Athletics
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Blake Bowman (Valley View, Pa./Tri-Valley) ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lycoming College football team, but King’s College overcame a nine-point second-quarter deficit and held off Lycoming late to hang on for its first win at David Person Field, 41-28, on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Bowman, who has scored six times in the first two games, became the sixth player in school history to score 25 rushing touchdowns with his final score against the Monarchs (1-1 overall, 1-0 MAC), as he posted his eighth career 100-yard rushing game.

King’s was paced by a school-record 421 yards from quarterback Zach Whitehead, who completed 30-of-46 with a touchdown and interception. The Monarchs rolled up 532 yards of offense while allowing Lycoming (1-1 overall, 0-1 MAC) to post 432.

After Lycoming’s opening drive stalled, a 45-yard punt from freshman Brandon Miller(Slatington, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh) was downed at the six-yard line. King’s offense began with a failed reverse, with sophomore Nick Kovalick (Woodland, Pa./Clearfield Area) making a tackle in the end zone for a safety.

King’s took the lead at 7-2, with a 10-play drive midway through the opening quarter, but Lycoming answered right back, with its own eight-play, 64-yard drive. SeniorChase Whiteman (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area) found sophomore Kyle Slivka-Fralin (Bristol, Pa./Bristol) on the edge and Slivka-Fralin shook a defender and dove into the end zone for a 28-yard catch.

The Warriors opened the second quarter with the ball near midfield thanks to an interception from junior Mike Ward (Edgewater, Md./South River). Nine plays into the drive, Lycoming found the end zone on a three-yard rush by Bowman.

King’s scored two times before half, though, on two one-yard rushes from Zack Funk, to take a 20-16 lead into the locker room. The Monarchs continued to pressure in the third quarter, scoring in just six plays to begin the half before adding Funk’s third score, from seven yards out, with 8:$5 left to take a 34-16 lead.

The Warriors fought back, with Whiteman going 5-for-5 on the next drive, finding Slivka-Fralin twice in a row to bring the ball to the two-yard line, where Bowman punched it in. After a three-and-out, aided by a sack from senior Tyler Smith(Sellersville, Pa./Archbishop Wood), the Warriors got right back to work, with Whiteman finding sophomore Nick Costello (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) for 47 yards to get the ball to the 7-yard line, where Bowman punched it in to make it 34-28 with 4:00 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors got the ball back with 1:39 left in the third quarter and drove to the King’s 22-yard line, but were stopped short on 4-and-1. King’s proceeded to halt three straight drives in the minimum plays before a late touchdown put it up by the final margin of 13 points. The Warriors had one last chance late, but two passes fell incomplete in the end zone in the final minute.

Whiteman finished 17-of-39 for 259 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Costello, who posted six catches for a career-high 103 yards and Slivka-Fralin finished with six catches for 73 yards and a score.

Sophomore D.J. Boyd (District Heights, Md./Fairmount Heights) finished with seven tackles and two breakups and Kovalick also added seven passes, two tackles for loss and the safety. Sophomore Dominic Loffredo (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) finished with six tackles and Smith and junior Caleb Robbins (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Township) each added sacks.

Tyler Marroni caught eight passes for 150 yards and Mike Palmer added six catches for 82 yards for King’s. Funk finished with 14 carries for 38 yards and three scores. Bruce Damon posted 16 tackles, including three sacks and both Joe Davis and Bobby Russell each notched seven stops to lead King’s defense.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they travel to Albright for a 1 p.m. MAC matchup.

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