Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lycoming Football - Warriors Game Notes vs Misericordia

A file photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Coming off a tough loss at Albright, the Lycoming College football team will hit the road again looking to end September with a .500 record when it faces Misericordia on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Mangelsdorf Field.

The Warriors (1-2 overall, 0-2 MAC) are coming off a 17-3 loss at Albright. Freshman Korahn Williams led the team in the game, posting a fumble recovery and an interception. Senior quarterback Chase Whiteman threw for more than 200 yards for the second straight game, finishing with 212 yards.

The Cougars (0-3 overall, 0-2 MAC) dropped a 46-23 decision at Wilkes in their last outing. Junior quarterback Brandon Leap finished with 217 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Warrior Notes
• Senior Blake Bowman needs three more rushing touchdowns to tie Brian Thompson (1995-98) and Joe Parsnik (1982-85) for third in school history with 28.

• In three career games against Misericordia, Bowman has rushed 60 times for 412 yards and four touchdowns.

• Senior Chase Whiteman needs 15 more passing yards to become the 13th player in school history to post 2,500 in a career.

• Freshman Brandon Miller's average of 41.1 yards per punt is second in program history behind only John Shaffer's 42.97 (2000).

• Both seniors Tyler Smith and Jon Rummel are 0.5 tackles for loss from reaching 10 in their careers. Smith is two tackles shy of 50 and Rummel three from the mark.

• Eleven Warriors already have at least 10 tackles and seven more have at least five.

The Bowman Watch
As has seemingly been custom for running backs in the Mike Clark era, senior Blake Bowman is looking to leave a large impact on the college's record book. Some milestones that Bowman, who set a school single-season record with 18 rushing touchdowns is approaching include:
- 97 rushing yards from tying Troy Erdman (1987-90) for eighth in program history with 2,111 yards
- 1 touchdown from tying Josh Kleinfelter (2007-10) for fifth in school history with 26 rushing touchdowns
- 1 100-yard rushing game from tying Troy Erdman for fifth in school history with nine
- 296 all-purpose yards from tying Troy Erdman for 11th in school history with 2,857 yards
- 3 touchdowns from becoming the fifth Warrior to find the endzone 30 times in a career

MAC leader
Senior Blake Bowman is not just leaving an impact on the Lycoming College record book. He is also making an impact on a conference and national level. His six rushing touchdowns lead the MAC and are sixth in Division III, while his 340 rushing yards also lead the league and are 23rd in the nation. Bowman's average of 12.0 points per game also leads the league and is 22nd nationally, while his 163.0 all-purpose yards tops the MAC and is 35th in the country.

Get the Ball
Freshman Korahn Williams had a breakthrough performance in his hometown against Albright. The Reading High graduate picked up a fumble and had an interception which he returned for 39 yards that set up Lycoming's only score of the game. The safety is the first Warrior to post an interception and fumble recovery in a game since Ryan Mihoci did it against Misericordia in 2013.

Get the Ball II
Junior safety Mike Ward has caused a turnover in each of the first three games this year. He posted a first-quarter fumble recovery against Susquehanna that led to a Lycoming touchdown. Against King's, he dove for a first-quarter interception that led to another touchdown. He added a fourth-quarter fumble recovery against Albright. His three straight games of causing a turnover is the longest for the team since Ray Bierbach had interceptions in three straight games from Oct. 2-16, 2010.

A Big Boot
Freshman Brandon Miller has gotten out to an impressive start as Lycoming's punter. The Slatington, Pa., native is averaging 41.1 yards through his first 16 punts, which is already the second-highest single-season average in program history. Miller has a 59-yarder to his credit, along with three inside the 20, one touchback and he has forced four fair catches. The Warriors are netting a MAC-best 37.9 yards per punt, which is 21st-best in Division III.

Sophomores shine
Sophomore wide receiver Nick Costello is featured in the top 10 in the MAC in most receiving categories. The 6-5 Costello, thanks to his first 100-yard game against King's and an 88-yard effort at Albright, is third in the league with 243 receiving yards and fifth in receptions per game (5.7). Fellow sophomore Kyle Slivka-Fralin is tied for fourth in the conference with two receiving touchdowns.

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