Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stevenson Football Welcomes Albright for Homecoming Showdown

Photo Courtesy of Stevenson Sports Information
  • Saturday's game is a sell out.
  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 50 straight games, however, it had a streak of 26 straight games with an interception snapped in the season opener at Frostburg State.  The last game without an interception was October 25, 2014 against FDU-Florham.  The last game without a takeaway was November 3, 2012 at Lycoming.
  • The Mustangs set program records for points (65) and margin of victory (58) in September 30's 65-7 win over Misericordia.  The previous record for both categories was set in a 57-0 win over FDU-Florham in 2014.  Stevenson also set a record for total offense with 677 yards.  Individually, Dan Williams threw for a program-record 398 yards, while freshman kicker Ian Gould had 17 points, a single-game scoring record for a kicker.
  • Stevenson has made three straight postseason appearances.  The Mustangs made their inaugural NCAA appearance in 2016, while the program enjoyed bowl wins in 2014 and 2015, winning an ECAC bowl in 2014 and the Centennial-MAC Bowl in 2015.
  • Over the last four-plus seasons, Stevenson is 18-2 in the month of September, as prior to this season, the Mustangs had started 3-0 in each of the last four years.  Stevenson had won 14 in a row in the month before September 23's loss at Delaware Valley.  Its' last September loss came September 28, 2013, also against Delaware Valley.
  • Stevenson is 29-10 (.744) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Junior quarterback Dan Williams did not throw an interception in the season's first three games, and had attempted 137 straight passes without a pick before the first of his two INTs at Delaware Valley.  Last season he had a streak of 101 pass attempts without throwing an interception.
  • Williams was named the MAC and ECAC South Offensive Player of the Week following the Misericordia game, while Ian Gould was the ECAC South Rookie of the Week.
  • Stevenson leads the Middle Atlantic Conference in passing, throwing for 312.5 yards per game, and also lead the conference in pass defense, as opponents throw for just 148.8 yards per contest.  The Mustangs rank third in total offense (407.3) and second in total defense (279.5).
  • Stevenson is home for three of its final four games.
•  Stevenson and Albright are tied 3-3 all-time, with the Mustangs having taken three of the last four meetings, including a 31-26 win in Reading, Pa. last year.  The last five meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less, including a 29-22 Albright win in overtime in 2012, one of just two overtime games in program history.
•  Stevenson did not have a turnover in its last two home victories, a 38-9 win over King's on September 9 and a 65-7 win over Misericordia on September 30.  Last season the Mustangs were 3-0 when they didn't commit a turnover and they were 3-0 when not committing a turnover in 2015 as well.
•  The Stevenson offense opened the first two games this season with big plays.
8/31 at Frostburg State: Dan Williams 76-yard completion to Preston Addo
9/9 vs. King's (Pa.): Dan Williams 13-yard TD completion to Preston Addo after Gradi Tshilombo forced a fumble on opening kickoff
•  The Mustangs were picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August, tied with Albright.  Delaware Valley is the preseason favorite, although all three teams received first place votes from the league's 10 head coaches.
•  Stevenson posted its third shutout in program history with a 48-0 win over Misericordia on October 1, then followed up with a 19-0 blanking of then-No. 25 Delaware Valley on October 22.  The other two shutouts came in 2014.  The 48-point margin of victory is the third-largest in program history.
•  It has been 57 games since the Mustangs have played an overtime game, and it has only played two in its history.  The last time the Mustangs went to overtime was September 8, 2012, a 29-22 overtime loss to Albright.
•  Defensive back Austin Tennessee, a consensus First Team All-American as a senior at safety, earned a rookie free agent tryout with the Minnesota Vikings last spring.
•  Junior linebacker Ashton Leschke was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection last season.  He is a biology major.
•  Quarterback Dan Williams threw a no-hitter for the Stevenson baseball team on April 2 against Albright this spring.  He struck out five and walked two en route to the second no-hitter in Mustang baseball history.
•  Stevenson ranks among the national leaders in both passing yards and passing yards allowed.  The Mustangs are throwing for 312.5 yards per game, 19th in Division III and tops in the MAC.  Conversely, by allowing opponents just 148.8 yards through the air, Stevenson's defense ranks 27th nationally in that category.
     Individually, Dan Williams' 285.7 yards passing per game is 26th nationally.  Devin Salisbury is 13th in receptions per game at 8.2, while Preston Addo is 17th in receiving yards per game (111.2) and his seven receiving touchdowns are good for 24th nationally.
•  Stevenson has been victorious in its last three Homecoming games with a pair of shutouts.  Last season the Mustangs blanked Delaware Valley 19-0, while in 2014 Stevenson was a 57-0 winner over FDU-Florham.  In 2015 Stevenson topped Widener 31-20.
•  Stevenson has won the coin toss in each of its first six games this season, electing to defer each time.  The Mustangs won five coin flips all of last season, going 5-6.
•  Stevenson hosts Widener next Saturday, then travels to Wilkes for its final road game of the season on November 4.

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