Friday, September 16, 2016

Stevenson Football - No. 24 Mustangs Return Home, Entertain Dutchmen Saturday

No. 24 Stevenson (2-0, 1-0 MAC) vs.
Lebanon Valley (1-1, 1-0 MAC)
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Mustang Stadium (3,500) - Owings Mills, Md.

Game Notes (PDF)

Stevenson earned its first-ever national ranking this week, checking in at No. 24 on the Top 25. The Mustangs had received votes in the preseason and week one polls.
Senior Austin Tennessee was named the MAC and ECAC South Defensive Player of the Week this week after totaling 11 tackles in the win over 2015 conference champion Albright.

Stevenson leads Division III in interceptions with nine through the first two games. Last season the Mustangs led the Division with 29 picks in 11 games.

Sophomore running back Jainard Crawley-Lambert has rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

This week marks the first of two straight home games for the Mustangs, as they host FDU-Florham next week. After that, Stevenson is not at Mustang Stadium until an October 22 Homecoming showdown with Delaware Valley.

Stevenson has trailed at halftime in both games this season.


• Lebanon Valley leads the all-time series with Stevenson 3-2, with the Mustangs winning the last two matchups. Last season Stevenson won for the first time in the road in the series, 17-14.


• Stevenson led Division III in 2015 in turnovers (40), interceptions (29) and turnover margin (+1.91 per game). The Mustangs also ranked No. 21 in scoring defense and No. 22 in total defense. This season, the Mustangs again lead Division III with 10 interceptions, while ranking second in turnovers (10) and ninth in turnover margin (+2.50).


• Stevenson opened the season with six interceptions in its win over North Carolina Wesleyan, a program record. Billy Lewis finished with three interceptions, including a 38-yard return for a touchdown, while Cory Pietrzyk had two interceptions. Austin Tennessee recorded the other INT.


• Senior defensive back Austin Tennessee was named to the Preseason All-America team as a Second Team selection. Last season he had six interceptions and 12 pass breakups and a pair of blocked kicks. He is a two-time First Team All-MAC selection as well as a two-time All-Region choice.


• Senior Tim Sternfeld finished fourth in Division III in 2015 with an 85.7 field goal percentage. He converted on 12-of-14 tries last season. He is 22-for-26 in his career.

• The Mustangs were picked third in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August. Stevenson was selected behind Delaware Valley and defending league champion Albright.

• Stevenson returns six of its top nine tacklers from a season ago, as well as 21 of its 29 interceptions from a season ago.

• The Mustangs are 9-2 at home over the past two-plus seasons.

• Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 35 straight games.

• The Mustangs have trailed at halftime in each of their last three games dating back to last season, and won all three.

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