Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lycoming College travels to Widener for another Classic Showdown

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Having won three games in a row, the Lycoming College football team heads into Widener University one of the hottest teams in Middle Atlantic Conference, as it looks for revenge after a four-overtime loss to the Pride in 2016 when it heads to Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium for a 1:07 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Warriors (3-3 overall, 3-2 MAC) posted a 48-21 win over FDU-Florham in its last outing, as five different players found the endzone in the win. Junior Nick Costello led the way with two scores and 88 yards receiving.

The Pride (4-2 overall, 4-1 MAC) are coming off a 30-7 win over Wilkes, as junior Jordan Powell led the team with two interceptions.

Warrior Notes
• The Warriors can win their fourth straight game today, the team's longest streak since opening 2015 with five straight wins.

• Four different Warriors (senior Sam Dressler, junior Brock Zollicoffer and sophomores Dante Gipson and Keith Batkowski) scored rushing touchdowns against FDU-Florham.

• Gipson's streak of four straight games with more than 100 all-purpose yards ended with 98 against FDU-Florham.

• Sophomore Jamie Fisher leads the MAC and is second in Division III with 11 field goals made, which is also third in program history.

• With 13 career receiving touchdowns, junior Nick Costello needs one more to enter the top 10 in school history.

• Twenty Warriors already have at least 10 tackles this year.

Spreading the Wealth
Rushing for more than 200 yards for the first time in 2017 against FDU-Florham, the team used a balanced attack, with six different Warriors getting carries. In the process, four of those six - senior Sam Dressler, junior Brock Zollicoffer and sophomores Dante Gipson and Keith Batkowski - found the end zone. It was the first time four Warriors scored rushing touchdowns since five Warriors (Jon Neve, Jared Morris, Jon Slemmer, Bob Miller and Matt Mangold) scored via the ground in a 54-0 win over Delaware Valley in the 2002 season opener.

Fishing for field goals
Sophomore Jamie Fisher continues to be one of the best kickers in Division III in his first year as a starting kicker. Against FDU-Florham, Fisher continued his run of having hit a field goal in all six games this year, as he connected from 30 and a career-long 45 yards, the fifth-longest in school history. His two field goals gives him 11 on the season, just two shy of the school record set by John Phillips in 1990 and he is second in Division III with an average of 1.8 made per game. Against King's, he had a breakout performance, tying the school record of three made field goals in a game, connecting from 40, 25 and 36 yards. He also booted six touchbacks and averaged 62 yards on nine kickoffs. He is already first kicker in school history to hit three 40-yard field goals in a season.

Meet the Linebackers
Lycoming's top four leaders in tackles at the linebacker position combined for just two tackles in 2016, but have developed into a solid group that has been a major part of three straight wins. Sophomore Sam Pawlikowski leads the group with 36 tackles after posting two in five games in 2016. Sophomore Trey Smith, who moved from defensive back to linebacker this fall, has 34 stops after appearing in just one varsity game last year. Junior Jarrell Payne has returned from an injury-riddled sophomore year to post 27 tackles this year and sophomore John Schmidt, a member of the junior varsity team last year, has 19 tackles.

A grand receiver
Junior Nick Costello continues to move towards the top 10 in school history in several receiving categories. The 6-5 junior is 136 yards and one receiving touchdown shy of the top 10 in the school's career record book after he posted five catches for 88 yards and two scores against FDU-Florham to give him 1,276 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. The Haverford, Pa., native 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 355 receiving yards this year, which is 10th in the MAC, while his five receiving touchdowns is fifth in the league.

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