Thursday, September 21, 2017

King's Football Hosting Lycoming in Saturday Homecoming Matchup

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Story Courtesy of King's College Office of Sports Information
WILKES-BARRE — The King's College football team will hope to continue the momentum gained from a thrilling back-and-forth road win over Lebanon Valley College last week into its Middle Atlantic Conference matchup Saturday when the Monarchs host Lycoming College at 1:00 PM on King's Homecoming Day in the Betzler Athletic Complex.

King's (2-1, 1-1 MAC) pulled out a 44-39 win over Lebanon Valley on a touchdown with 0:25 left in the contest after training the Flying Dutchmen 39-38.  Lycoming (0-3, 0-2 MAC) is looking for its first win of the season following a 21-17 loss to MAC co-leader Albright College. Two of the Warriors three losses this season have come by a combined five points, including a 7-6 opening day setback to Susquehanna. Lycoming has faced a difficult early-season schedule which also includes a 34-3 loss to MAC rival Delaware Valley (3-0, 2-0), currently ranked ninth nationally in Division III.

Ticket prices are set at $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, $2 for non-King's students. Children under age-six are admitted free.  Fans unable to attend can follow the game online at the following links:

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This is the 27th meeting between the teams with Lycoming holding a 17-8-1 advantage. Lycoming won 11 straight meetings from 1993-through-2003.  Since then the Warriors have a 6-5 advantage but the Monarchs have won the last two games.
Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his eighth season at King's and owns a 24-49 career record. Lycoming coach Mike Clark is in his 10th year and is 55-39 with the Warriors.                    

King's trailed 16-7 in the second quarter but battled back to post a 41-28 road victory for the program's first win in Williamsport since varsity football returned to King's in 1993.

The Monarchs enter Saturday's game ranked fourth in the MAC in scoring with 27.2 points per-game. King's is first in total offense, averaging 438.7 yards per-game. The Monarchs are second in MAC passing yards with 302.0 per-game and are second in rushing with 136.7 yards each contest. Senior quarterback Zach Whitehead has completed 80-of-125 passes for 894 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also rushed for 184 yards on 56 carries with six touchdowns. Whitehead was named the MAC "Offensive Player of the Week" last for week for his effort against Lebanon Valley.  Whitehead now has 4,131 passing yards in his career. Moving up to the number-three spot all-time at King's. He trails only Tyler Hartranft with 5,943 yards from 2012-14, and Tom Pierantozzi with 4,322 yards from 1998-2001. Hdd also has 361 pass completions, trailing only Hartranft with 448 in his three years at King's.

Junior running back Jordan Downes has 167 yards on 41 carries with one score while adding eight receptions out of the backfield for 51 yards.  Junior Titus Nelson has 57 rushing yards on 18 carries while making two catches for 81 yards and one score. The receivers are paced by senior Marquis Miller with 25 catches for 186 yards while fellow senior Tyler Marroni follows with 20 receptions for 293 yards. Senior H-back Trey Campbell has posted 14 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns while senior receiver Corey Flynn has caught eight passes for 90 yards.       
The  Warriors  are last in MAC scoring with 8.7 points per-game. Lycoming stands 10th in MAC total offense, averaging   194.7 yards of total offense per-game. The Warriors are seventh with 74.7 rushing yards and 10th with 120.0 passing yards. Senior quarterback Chase Williams has completed 30-of-60 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown while rushing for 37 yards on 18 attempts with one score. Fellow senior Collin Wright has completed 15-of-28 passes for 117 yards with two interceptions. Senior tailback Dante Gipson tops the rushing game with 92 yards on 22 carries while contributing 12 catches for 68 yards. Fellow senior back Sam Dressler follows with 60 yards on 21 attempts. The Lycoming receiving corp. is paced by six-foot-five junior Nick Costello with 12 catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. Junior split end Brock Zollicoffer has made eight receptions for 79 yards. Sophomore kicker  Jamie Fisher has been an early-season weapon, going 4-for-4 in field goals.  

King's defense entered the week ranked  seventh in scoring defense, allowing 34.7 points per-game. The Monarchs are sixth in total defense in yielding 378.0 yards of total offense per-game. King's is eighth in passing defense in giving up 252.0 yards while the Monarch rushing defense is fourth in surrendering 126.0 yards.  Senior linebacker Bruce Damon  tops the defense with 20 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Trevor Hill follows with 18 tackles and an interception. Senior linebacker Jake Manetti adds 17 tackles with 70 tackles for loss while freshman linebacker Mando Sallavanti contributes 15 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss. Senior nose guard Chris DeGaetano has made 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss while sophomore cornerback Eli Vascos has registered 12 tackles with an interception. Senior linebacker Hassan Maxwell chips in with 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Senior linemen Jacoby Foresman and Mike Dohn, along with senior cornerback Justin Foster have all posted nine tackles apiece.

The Lycoming defense is fourth in MAC scoring defense, allowing 20.7 points per-game. The Warriors rank seventh in total defense in giving up 413.7 total yards. Lycoming is sixth in passing defense in yielding 186.7 yards and stands eighth in rushing defense in permitting teams to run for 227.0 yards. Senior safety Mike Ward leads the unit with 28 tackles and an interception. Junior cornerback D.J. Boyd follows with 25 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery while sophomore linebacker Trey Smith adds 20 tackles. Senior cornerback Aaron Davis has made 17 tackles while sophomore linebacker Sam Pawlikowski also has 17 tackles with a fumble recovery.  Senior defensive end Adin Hines has registered 13 tackles with 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior safety Joe Pinzka, junior linebacker Jarrell Payne, and junior defensive end Sam Romanofsky all chip in with 12 tackles.    

King's returns home Saturday when MAC contender Albright College travels to Wilkes-Barre for a 1:00 PM matchup at McCarthy Stadium. 

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