Friday, November 10, 2017

Albright Lions Football Hosts the Lebanon Valley Dutchman for Senior Day Saturday

A "Game of the Week" Photo
READING, Pa. - The Albright football team will play its final game of the regular season at home against rival Lebanon Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lions are coming off a dominating 51-33 win on the road over FDU-Florham last Friday night for their second straight win.

Prior to Saturday's contest, the Albright football team will honor its 16 senior players for their hard work and dedication to program in their time on the team.

This senior class has currently compiled a 34-12 record in their time at Albright, which includes one NCAA Tournament appearance, a Centennial-MAC Bowl Series appearance, and an appearance in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. In addition to the postseason appearances, this class was a part of the 2015 Lions team that won the MAC Championship.

Senior Kyle Dickerson did just about everything to help lead the Lions to their highest point total of the season against FDU-Florham. Dickerson scored two touchdowns on two big plays to highlight his big day with all-purpose yards. He ran his first punt return back for a touchdown in the first quarter on an 80-yard sprint before catching a 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

For the game, Dickerson tallied 239 all-purpose yards which maintained his ranking among the top five in the conference for that category. He also has compiled 213 yards receiving in his last two games, and ranks ninth in the conference with 599 yards.

The Lions aired it out for 391 yards on Friday night for its third straight contest with over 300 yards passing. Senior Alec Vignola and sophomore Jimmy Lahay combined for four touchdown passes to four different receivers on the evening as well. Lahay opened the game with a passing touchdown on the Lions initial drive of the game before Vignola took over for the majority of the game. Vignola went for 281 yards passing and matched his season high with three touchdown passes.

In the last three weeks, Vignola has thrown seven touchdowns to just two interceptions and 951 passing yards. He ranks second in the conference in yards per game and total passing yards. As a team, the Lions rank second in the MAC with 299.1 passing yards per game.

Senior Isiah Baylor and junior David Sanchez created problems in the Devils backfield all night long on Friday night. Baylor had a dominant game on the line with a team-high 11 tackles with 3.5 coming for loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Baylor has now 24 tackles in the past two games, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He now ranks tied for first in Division III with five forced fumbles and 13th with 14 tackles for loss.

Not to be outdone, Sanchez posted seven tackles, with two coming for loss, and two sacks. He also posted his first interception of the season in the third quarter. Sanchez currently sits second on the team with six sacks is tied for third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss.

The Dutchmen sit one game behind the Lions in the MAC Standings as they are tied for fourth place. Last Saturday, Lebanon Valley held on to defeat Lycoming at home by as score of 20-17. Up three in the fourth quarter, the Dutchmen got a key four-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Tyler Sterner to jump out to a 20-10 lead. Lycoming scored on a 99-yard touchdown with just over three minutes left to make things interesting, but were unable to move the ball when they got the ball back with just under a minute to go.

Jon Jones rushed for 116 yards on the ground as the Dutchmen ran for an impressive 279 yards on the ground for the day.

Lebanon Valley ranks second in the conference with 168.3 rushing yards per game, while Jones ranks sixth in the conference with 426 yards on the ground. On the defensive side, Tim Schumacher is tied with Baylor with five forced fumbles to lead Division III and Guy Zimmerman leads the team with three sacks.

A full day of action in the MAC on Saturday is highlighted by a battle for first place in the conference between Delaware Valley and Widener at 1 p.m. Another key matchup for positioning in the conference includes Stevenson hosting Lycoming at 12 p.m.

Rounding out the slate of games includes Wilkes traveling down the road to local rival King's at noon, and Misericordia facing FDU-Florham at 1 p.m.

The Centennial Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) will continue with its postseason bowl series in 2017 for a third-straight year.

The Centennial-MAC Bowl Series will involve the top two teams from each conference that are not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship. The top team from each conference that is not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship will host the second-best team from the opposing conference.

The MAC has won all four bowl series games to date. Delaware Valley has picked up two of the victories over Moravian (2015) and Muhlenberg (2016), while Stevenson defeated Muhlenberg in 2015 and Albright defeated Franklin & Marshall in 2016.

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