Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mr. MAC's has a losing Week Seven predictions as games got more competitive

Terrible, yes terrible week of predictions. I felt an upset coming, but I picked the wrong game. Also, most weeks have been a mismatch of games where it has been relative easy to pick the winner without getting the score fairly close. Well Week Seven was an under .500 effort by the usually savvy Mr. MAC. I will have to work harder this week as I publish my Week Eight predictions Thursday evening. Hope you look for it online. Well now for my summary and thoughts about Week Seven action.

King's at DelValMr. MAC Says DelVal 52 - King's 38
Actual Score: DelVal 49 - King's 14
The only game I got right this past week. The Aggies continue to roll toward the final game showdown with rival Widener. All the chess pieces are still in place for that showdown. Widener still has Stevenson and unpredictable King's to migrate through before the regular season ending showdown. The Aggies defense shut down the high performance, high octane Monarch's offense. King's averaged 36 points a game in their first six games.

Stevenson at Lebanon Valley
Mr. MAC Says Stevenson 35 - Lebanon Valley 27
Actual Score: Lebanon Valley 31 - Stevenson 24
Lebanon Valley scores what I would call the first real upset of the season. If I am wrong, write me at mail@MACfb.com. The victory over the "Stangs" was because of the Dutchman's complete team effort. Lebanon Valley captured two of the players of the week awards, ie. Defense and Special teams. 

Tim Schumacher was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Schumacher forced a pair of second-half turnovers in the win and the linebacker's biggest play of the game came with LVC clinging to a 21-14 lead midway through the third quarter. With the Mustangs driving, Schumacher picked off SU quarterback Dan Williams at LVC's 36-yard line and returned it 42 yards back to Stevenson's 22-yard line. The interception led to a field goal that pushed the lead to 24-14. On the ensuing Stevenson possession, the senior stripped running back Isaiah Austin and recovered the fumble at the Stevenson 39-yard line. The Flying Dutchmen converted the fumble into a touchdown and increased the advantage to 31-14 early in the fourth quarter. Schumacher added four tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry in the victory.

Tyler Hodges earned MAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Hodges' special teams' play was key in earning the win, as the linebacker made two huge plays that led to 14 points for Lebanon Valley. The first came when the junior burst through the Mustangs' line and blocked a punt that was covered by LVC's Bret Hertzogat Stevenson's 12-yard line. The Dutchmen scored a touchdown on the next play to put them ahead for the first time early in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, safety Cale Bruso jarred the ball loose from the SU return man and Hodges made the recovery at the Mustangs' 21-yard line. Five plays later, LVC added another touchdown to double the LVC lead at 21-7. Hodges added a team-high seven tackles in the victory.


Lycoming at Widener (MAC Football News Featured "Game of the Week")
Mr. MAC Says Lycoming 31 - Widener 28
Actual Score: Widener 31 - Lycoming 17
Head Coach Mike Kelly said all week that the Lycoming vs Widener games over the years is MAC Football! Arguably over the past 40 years these games have been wild and wooly with many overtime and legendary. Both teams want this game so badly but in the last four years it has been the Widener seniors who have never lost to the Warriors. It seems that the Pride has Lycoming's number at the moment. But as this series has proved, momentum is usually short lived.

The game started out in favor of the men from Williamsport, PA as they lead with just six minutes to go in the first half. In the first quarter Lyco's sophomore kicker Jamie Fisher booted a 28 yd field goal caping off an 11 plays, 68 yards scoring drive. With just 46 seconds to go in the first quarter, Lycoming running back Sam Dressler scored on a two yard run through the left side of the young offensive line. The score after one quarter was Lycoming 10, Widener 0
The Pick Six by Jr. DB Jordan Powell
Things started to fall apart for the Warriors after a miraculous interception by junior defensive back Jordan Powell. Then Lycoming muffed up a punt because the snap was over the head of Jamie Fisher and recovered for a safety pushing the score to Lycoming 10, Widener 9 at halftime.

Third quarter action saw the Pride take the lead with a 35 yard pass play for So QB Sean McGaughey to Sr WR Montrell Hicks-Taylor. Score Widener 16, Lycoming 10. Widener extended the lead to 24 10 on a two yard rush by So RB Chris Randle and a two point EPA.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lycoming Jr. WR Kyle Slivka-Fralin scored on a 24 yard pass from backup Sr QB Collin Wright on the first play after a Widener fumble putting the game to within one score, 24-17 Widener. Wright came into the game for injured starting QB Chase Williams.

Wider Jr DB Dustin Hardy's Pick Six
The Straw That Broke The Warriors Back
With 1:03 left in the game and the Warriors feeling one of those come from behind scoring drives,  QB Collin Wright threw out to the left flat for Dante Gibson but Wider Jr DB Dustin Hardy picked off the pass to seal the deal for the Pride.


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