Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Football: Lycoming Game Notes vs. Albright

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - For the 58th time, the Lycoming College football team will take on Albright College when Albright comes to David Person Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.

The Warriors (0-2 overall, 0-1 MAC) are coming off a 34-3 loss to 12th-ranked Delaware Valley. The Warriors were led in the game by a career-high tying 13 tackles from senior Mike Ward while senior Adin Hines added 1.5 sacks and junior D.J. Boyd had six stops, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

The Lions (2-0 overall, 1-0 MAC) posted a 50-17 win over Misericordia in their MAC opener. Senior Alec Vignola was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 20-of-21 passing for 306 yards and three scores.

Warrior Notes
 • Albright head coach John Marzka (11 years) and Lycoming head coach Mike Clark (10 years) are the longest-tenured coaches in the MAC.

• With his second catch against Delaware Valley, junior Nick Costello became the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a career. 

• Senior Mike Ward posted a career-high tying 13 tackles against Delaware Valley, leaving him four stops shy of becoming the 27th player in school history to reach 200 in a career.

• Junior D.J. Boyd already has 18 tackles this season, five more than during his sophomore year and just seven from his freshman year total.

• Sophomore Jamie Fisher's 43-yard field goal against Delaware Valley is tied for the seventh-longest in program history. It is the longest since Zack Czap hit a 44-yarder against Widener in 2013.

The quest for 200
After tying his career high of 13 tackles against Delaware Valley, senior Mike Ward moved within four tackles of becoming the 27th player in school history to reach 200 career tackles. The senior safety has led the Warriors in tackles in each of the last two years and again leads the team with 21 stops this year, as he is on pace to become the first Warrior to lead the team in tackles in three straight years since Bill Small did it from 1989-91. Ward leads the MAC and is 18th in Division III with 8.5 solo tackles per game and he is fourth in the league with 10.5 tackles per game.

Today's game features the two longest-tenured coaches in the Middle Atlantic Conference in Albright's John Marzka, who was hired in 2007, and Lycoming's Mike Clark, who was hired in 2008. The two coaches have accounted for a combined four MAC titles, double the total of the rest of the coaches in the league, with each winning two (Marzka - 2008, '15; Clark - 2008, '13). They have also combined for 134 career wins, more than the rest of the league's coaches combined.
A grand receiver
Junior Nick Costello had just two catches for eight yards against Delaware Valley, but that was good enough to become the 23rd player in school history to post 1,000 career receiving yards. The 6-5 receiver  made an impact as a freshman, nearly posting 300 yards before posting 625 and finishing third in the MAC in yards per game as a sophomore. He leads the Warriors with 81 receiving yards this year.

Fishing for field goals
Sophomore Jamie Fisher stepped into the team's field goal kicking role and he has provided all nine points for the Warriors this season. He connected on 20- and 34-yard field goals in the opener against Susquehanna and followed that by hitting a 43-yarder against Delaware Valley, which is tied for the seventh-longest field goal in program history. Fisher, who was 1-for-2 in field goal opportunities as a freshman, leads the conference and is 21st nationally with his average of 1.5 field goals per game.

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