Saturday, November 11, 2017

Late Defensive Stand Preserves 20-14 Win for Mustangs

A "Game of the Week" file photo
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University limited Lycoming College to just 147 yards of total offense and a late defensive stand sealed a 20-14 Middle Atlantic Conference football victory Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (6-4, 6-3 MAC) led 14-7 at halftime and extended that lead to 20-7 with 2:10 to go in the third when freshman Ian Gould booted his second field goal of the game, a 28-yarder. Earlier, at the 13:06 mark, he converted from 19 yards.

Lycoming (4-6, 4-5 MAC) pulled within six, 20-14, at the 1:47 mark of the third when Nick Costello caught a pass from Chase Williams and beat everyone down the left side for an 80-yard completion and the touchdown. One play earlier, senior Kyle Pleet had knocked the ball out of Williams' hand in an apparent forced fumble, but the officials ruled it an incomplete pass.

The Warriors took over at their own 30 with 8:27 remaining and used 11 plays to get down to the Mustang 20. A penalty backed them up to the 30 and Lycoming was facing fourth-and-13 from the 23 when Williams threw a ball into the right side of the end zone that was knocked away by Stevenson sophomore Zach May, however, May was whistled for pass interference, giving the guests first-and-goal at the 8 with 1:43 remaining.

An incomplete pass and a one-yard sack of Williams by Peyton Lepere put Lycoming back to the 9 on third down. Another incomplete pass set up fourth-and-goal, and following a timeout, a pass to Nick Costello in the back of the end zone turned the ball over on downs with 44 seconds left, and the Mustangs were able to run out the clock.

Stevenson got on the board with 3:41 to go in the opening quarter when it put together a 13 play, 81 yard drive capped by a one-yard shovel pass from junior Dan Williams to senior Devin Salisbury to put the Mustangs up 7-0. The lead was short-lived, as Lycoming's Mike Ward took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 11 seconds later.

The Mustangs reclaimed the lead 1:41 before intermission when a seven play, 56-yard drive was capped by a 24-yard touchdown run by Daqwan Hill to put the hosts up 14-7.

Stevenson's first field goal of the second half was set up when the Warriors fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and senior Kenneth Scott-Kelow recovered at the Lycoming 29 and returned it 13 yards to the 16. The Mustangs had second-and-goal at the 1 but were unable to punch it in and Gould converted from 19 yards.

The Mustang defense allowed Lycoming to gain just 207 yards of total offense, the fewest since surrendering 198 yards at FDU-Florham on September 16. Stevenson amassed 435 yards of offense, including 287 through the air and 148 on the ground. The Mustangs also held the ball for 34:28.

Williams finished 32-46 passing for 287 yards and a touchdown, with Salisbury catching 12 balls for 49 yards. Senior Preston Addo finished with six catches for 77 yards. Hill carried 18 times for a season-best 85 yards.

Defensively, senior Cory Pietrzyk finished with 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior Ashton Leschke finished with eight tackles, while Pleet had six tackles, including a sack. Kyle Bergen had a block of a field goal attempt in the second quarter from 48 yards, his second blocked kick in as many weeks.

Stevenson now awaits word of a possible bid to next week's ECAC Division III Football Fest taking placed at the University of Delaware November 17-19. A total of four bowl games will be staged over three days. ECAC bowl selections will be announced on Monday, November 13.

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