Friday, November 17, 2017

Football Faces Unfamiliar Foe in Alfred in ECAC Lynah Bowl Sunday

A MAC Football News "Game of the Week" Photo
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, freshman kicker Ian Gould had 17 points, a single-game scoring record for a kicker.

At Wilkes on November 4, Dan Williams threw for a program-record 446 yards, while Preston Addo had 230 yards receiving, also a program record. Williams also had a 90-yard touchdown completion to Devin Salisbury, the longest pass play in program history.

Stevenson has made four 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. Sunday is Stevenson's second time appearing in an ECAC bowl contest.

Freshman Ian Gould has been named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week in each of the last two weeks and on Tuesday was named MAC Rookie of the Year. He is 12-14 on field goal attempts and 37-37 on extra point attempts for 73 points this season, one shy of Tim Sternfeld's program scoring record for kickers of 74 set last season.

Stevenson is 32-11 (.744) since the start of the 2014 season.

Senior Preston Addo ranks 10th nationally in receiving yards with 1177. He is averaging 117.7 yards receiving per game and has gone over 100 yards receiving six times, including a program-record 230 yards November 4 against Wilkes.

Since entering against Lebanon Valley on October 14, senior Wade Korvin is averaging 40.6 yards per punt on 21 punts, which would be No. 21 nationally and No. 2 in the MAC were he eligible with enough games played.

Stevenson leads the Middle Atlantic Conference in passing, throwing for 318.8 yards per game, and also ranks third in the conference in pass defense, as opponents throw for just 194.2 yards per contest. The Mustangs rank third in total offense (416.1) and total defense (314.1).

The Mustangs have outgained their opponents on offense in every game this season except the season opener at Frostburg State and October 28 against Widener. Last season Stevenson outgained its opponent in seven of 11 games.

Stevenson is playing its first-ever game on a Sunday, and is also playing for the first time at a neutral site in the seven-year history of the program.


• Stevenson and Alfred have never met, and the Mustangs have never faced a team from Alfred's conference, the Empire 8.


• Stevenson did not have a turnover in its 38-9 win over King's on September 9 and in 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. Stevenson is 5-0 this season when it has zero or 1 turnover, and 1-4 when it has three or more turnovers.


• Stevenson has found itself down at some point in the first half in four of the last five games. In its two losses, the Mustangs fell behind by two or more touchdowns, but were able to come back to be driving for a potential tying or go-ahead score.


• Stevenson had a total of 11 All-Conference selections as the Middle Atlantic Conference released its All-Conference teams Tuesday. Leading the way was freshman Ian Gould, as he was named MAC Rookie of the Year.

Named to the First Team were quarterback Dan Williams, Preston Addo both as a wide receiver and kick returner and Cory Pietrzyk. Selected to the Second Team were Gould, offensive linemen Nick Jachera and Connor Davis, linebacker Ashton Leschke and cornerback DJ Broxton. Wide receiver Devin Salisbury and offensive lineman Brendan Flaherty were Honorable Mention.


• 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 61 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 leads the Middle Atlantic Conference in passing offense and is fourth in passing defense. The Mustangs are averaging 318.8 yards per game through the air, which is also good for 14th nationally, while allowing opponents to throw for 194.2 yards per contest.

Individually, Dan Williams' 302.7 yards passing per game is 15th nationally. Devin Salisbury is 14th in receptions per game at 7.3, while Preston Addo is 13th in receiving yards per game (117.7).


• Stevenson leads the MAC and is No. 59 nationally in third down conversions, converting at a 42.7% clip (61-143). Last season, the Mustangs converted on third down at a 42% clip.


• Stevenson has been victorious in its last four 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 won the coin toss in each of its first six games this season, electing to defer each time, before Albright won the toss on October 21. The Lions, however, elected to receive. The Mustangs then won the flip each of the next two weeks, making them 8-1 on the season. Stevenson lost the toss last week against Lycoming.

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