Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Game Preview on Lycoming Vs Lebanon Valley Rivalry

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Having won four of their last five games, the Lycoming College football team has moved within a game of third place and a spot in the MAC-Centennial Bowl series as it hits the road for Lebanon Valley on Saturday, Nov. 4, in a battle of fourth-place teams.

The Warriors (4-4 overall, 4-3 MAC) are coming off a 35-17 win over Misericordia, as the team scored 35 straight points from the first to third quarters to build a 32-point lead in the win.

The Flying Dutchmen (4-4 overall, 4-3 MAC) fell to fifth-ranked Delaware Valley, 35-0, in its last outing, as the Dutchmen were held to just 130 yards of offense in the game.

Warrior Notes
• With a win, the Warriors can guarantee a .500 season for the first time since 2014.

• The last six games between the Warriors and Flying Dutchmen have been decided by eight points or less.

• The game with Lebanon Valley marks the 100th game with head coach Mike Clark '93 on the sidelines for the Warriors.

• With 12 field goals made, sophomore Jamie Fisher needs one more to tie John Phillips (1990) for the single-season school record.

• With 239 career tackles, senior Mike Ward is four stops away from reaching the top 10 in school history.

• With his 10th career interception against Misericordia, Ward became the 21st player in school history to reach the mark.

• With 1,352 career receiving yards, junior Nick Costello is 60 yards shy of reaching the top 10 in program history.

100 Games 
Lycoming head coach Mike Clark '93 will lead the Warriors on the field for the 100th time on Saturday. The Warriors have won a touch under 60 percent of their games with Clark at the helm in the previous decade, winning two MAC titles. He is the third Lycoming coach to reach the 100-game mark and is just behind his former coach, Frank Girardi, who posted a 64-34-2 through his first 100 games at Lycoming. Girardi won three MAC titles during the first 11 years of his career. In his next 100 games, Girardi, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016, went 82-16-2, winning four MAC titles and leading the team to the 1990 NCAA Division III Championship game.

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. Although his run of having hit a field goal in seven straight games came to an end when he didn't have an attempt against Misericordia, he is still third in Division III with 1.5 field goals made per game. With 12 field goals this year, he is one shy of the school record set by John Phillips in 1990. 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 the  first kicker in school history to hit three 40-yard field goals in a season. He is also a perfect 24-for-24 on extra points.

A lot of stops
With two regular-season games left in his career, senior Mike Ward has a chance to move into the top 10 in school history in career tackles. He needs just five to reach the top 10 and eight to move into seventh in the category. Ward moved into the top 15 in school history after posting 10 stops at Widener. The senior safety has led the Warriors in tackles in each of the last two years and again leads the team with 64 stops this year, as he is on pace to become the first Warrior to lead the team in tackles in three straight years since Bill Small did it from 1989-91. 

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 60 yards and one receiving touchdown shy of the top 10 in the school's career record book after he posted four catches for 76 yards against Misericordia to give him 1,352 yards in his career. He was tackled at the one-yard line on a 49-yard reception to prevent him from getting his 14th career touchdown. 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 431 receiving yards this year, which is 13th in the MAC, while his five receiving touchdowns is eighth in the league.

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