Monday, September 18, 2017

Mr. MAC Reviews His Predictions In Week Three

A "Game of the Week" Photo
Mr. MAC guessed four of the five match-ups in Week Three. Not bragging, but picking King's Vs Lebanon Valley as the "Game of the Week" and therefore most competitive could not have been getter. I will explains each pick in more detail below.


ACTUAL - Albright defeated Lycoming 21-17
MR. MAC SAID - Albright remains undefeated with a 30-7 win.

Lycoming College made it a game against undefeated Albright as they fell one touchdown short of their first win of the 2017 season. Out three games, Lycoming needed only 7 points to be 2-1. It looks like the Warriors finally found their starting quarterback. Chase Williams completed 61% of his passes throwing for one touchdown and running for another.

Albright's quarterback Alec Vignola had a record completion percentage last week. Vignola's 95.2 percent completion percentage (21-22) was a new school record. He held the old record of 90 percent, set last season with his 18-for-20 performance against Misericordia. But the Lycoming defense changed thing this week. Alex completed 24-42 for a 57% total. The Lions started slow and off balance against the underdog Warriors behind 17-7 at halftime. But in the third quarter, Albright scored on back to back drives. Vignola caught fire with 4 strait completions to four different receivers for 64 yards that set up a four yard rush for the TD. On the next TD series, Alex mixed up passing and rushes in the 7 minute drive, ending the scoring.

Next Week:
Lycoming (0-3) travels to King's (2-1)
Albright (3-0) plays Widener (2-1) in Reading PA

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ACTUAL - Widener defeated Misericordia 34-21
MR. MAC SAID - Widener rolls over Misericordia 38-7.

Misericordia traveled to Philadelphia in what you would believe to an easy win for the Pride over the MAC football startup. But the Cougars, who continue to improve little by little each season had some surprised in this game. Misericordia in the 4th Quarter score on a 79 yard pass play, had a 49 yard kickoff return setting up the their second touchdown. The final score for Misericordia was set up by a Widener fumble at their own 41 yard line.

Widener through three quarters scored 27 points. Their defense shutout the Cougars through three quarters. It was a sloppy fourth quarter for the Pride that made this game look closer than it really was. No mistake about it, Misericordia is on the upswing and the Pride of Widener had a mediocre game.

Next Week: 
Widener (2-1) travels to Albright (3-0)
Misericordia (0-3) entertains cross town rivals Wilkes (0-3)

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ACTUAL Stevenson rolled over FDU-Florham 52-14.
MR. MAC SAID - Stevenson over FDU-Florham 34-10.

I won't rake raving credit for this prediction. On paper, there wasn't a matchup here and I am not dishing FDU. The Devils are in a rebuilding process as they have been swimming at the bottom of the pond for some time now. It is hard to surface and that is why having a great facility and a large budget can make the difference. Will Florham win any games this year? I think so. They just ran into a buzz saw in the Mustangs or should I say, "A Stampede!"

Well, the "Tangs" didn't look to next week on this game and they certainly could have been tempted to do so. Coach Ed Hottle is aware of all the traps that make up upsets and he would have none of that. This lopsided victory was in part to the Week Three Player of the Week. Don't forget this young man's name. He is Senior WR Preston Addo who caught two long touchdown receptions and added an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown accounting for 21 of the 52 points verses the Devils. Junior quarterback Dan Williams finished 30-41 passing for 360 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, setting career highs as well as single-game program records in both completions and yardage. Stevenson racked up 546 yards of offense and held the Devils to just 198 total yards. It marked the most yards offensively since recording 577 yards at Misericordia on October 1 of last season. NOTE: DelVal Vs Stevenson is our "Game of the Week" in Week 4. We will be in Owings Mills, MD shooting photos, video and some interviews.

Next Week: 
Stevenson (2-1) hosts Delaware Valley (3-0) MACfb "Game of the Week"
FDU-Florham (0-3) travels to Lebanon Valley (1-2)

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ACTUAL DelVal handled Wilkes 34-14.
MR. MAC SAID - DelVal over Wilkes 35-7.

Delaware Valley safety Shawn Miller's interception and score with under seven minutes remaining which broke open a five-point game lifting the No. 12 Aggies to a 34-14 victory over host Wilkes University Friday night. Wilkes was playing tough until the pick and could not hang with the nationally ranked Aggies. Wilkes played by far its best all-around game of the season matching blows with Delaware Valley throughout the first half and deep into the final quarter of play.

12th Ranked DelVal
Shawn Miller's interception the Wilkes QB Wade Rippeon's short pass to the left side which was picked off by the streaking Miller. The All-American safety ran the pick back untouched to halt the Wilkes rally and late game-winning drive attempt. Wilkes pulled to within five points late in the third quarter and had chances in the fourth to lead in the game, but DelVal's defense responded to keep Aggies undefeated.

Next Week:
DelVal (3-0) travels to Stevenson (2-1) "Game of the Week"
Wilkes (0-3) heads to Misericordia (0-3)

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KING'S VS LEBANON VALLEY - "Game of the Week":

ACTUAL King's squeaked by  Lebanon Valley 44-39
MR. MAC SAID Lebanon Valley over King's 24 - 21

You cannot fault me for missing this one. I knew it was the best and most competitive game for Week Three in the MAC. I was right to pick Lebanon Valley right down to the 28th second. The home field advantage was working for me until the very end. All in all, this game was like two heavy weight boxers trading blows one after another. Sometimes it looked like Lebanon Valley would go to the mat, but then after three fumbles lost by King's consecutively, the Dutchman looked like they just put King's to the floor. If you paid to see this game, you got your money's worth.

First Quarter
Lebanon Valley took an early five point lead on a safety and a field goal. But the Monarchs quarterback Zach Whitehead ran 21 yards run for their 1st quarter touchdown capping a 10 play, 64 yards drive.

Second Quarter
Four minutes into the second quarter, Whitehead capped off a 66 yard seven play drive with a 3 yard rush into the end zone. On the next series the Monarchs WR Titus Nelson caught a 72 yd pass from QB Whitehead and then a field goal 24 to five. But there is more, on the last play of the first half, as Tim Pirrone caught a nine yard pass from LVC QB Tyler Sterner cutting the King's lead to 24-12.

Third Quarters
Because of three King's turnovers, the Dutchman owned the third quarter. Lebanon Valley turned  the turnover into two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. After missing one extra point, the Dutchman added 20 points taking a 32-24 lead into the 4th quarter.

Sr. QB Zach Whitehead jumps for two.
Fourth Quarter
King's bounced right back early in the quarter with a 44 yd pass play from Zach Whitehead to WR Trey Campbell. Then Sr. QB Zach Whitehead jumped over a Lebanon Valley defensive back for the two point conversion tying the score at 32 points each. With 4:30 left in the game, King's Jordan Downes scored from 3 yd yards out. The extra point was missed but they had the lead 38-32. 

Lebanon Valley had a 5 play 53 yard drive capped off by Ryan Fink's 6 yard run. Kicker Marcus Brown converted the key extra point giving the Dutchman a 39-38 lead with 3:01 on the clock. King's mixed up their run and pass plays with quarterback Whitehead scoring on a six yard run. The PAT was missed and King's now lead the game 44-39 with 25 seconds on the clock.

Lebanon was driving with 14 seconds on the clock. Quarterback Tyler Sterner's long pass was intercepted by defensive back Eli Vascos at the King's 17 yard line. Vascos return the ball 34 yards to the Lebanon Valley 49 yard line killing the Dutchman's chance for a miracle win.

One of the great games I have watched over the years. It is a game that their has to a loser. Both teams played their hearts out and the King's Monarchs held on for he victory.

Next Week: 
King's (2-1) plays Lycoming (0-3) at McCarthy Stadium in Wilkes Barre.
Lebanon Valley (1-2) hosts FDU-Florham (0-3)

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