Friday, November 10, 2017

The Stevenson Mustangs Football Team Entertains the Lycoming Warriors for Senior Day

A "Game of the Week" Photo
  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 53 straight games.  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, freshman kicker Ian Gould had 17 points, a single-game scoring record for a kicker.
  • Last week at Wilkes, 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 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.
  • Freshman Ian Gould was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week Sunday after totaling 14 points at Wilkes.  He went 3-3 on field goals and 5-5 on PAT tries.  On the season, Gould is 10-12 on field goals and 35-35 on PAT attempts.
  • Stevenson is 31-11 (.738) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Senior Preston Addo ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards with 1100.  He is averaging 122.2 yards receiving per game and has gone over 100 yards receiving six times, including a program-record 230 yards last week.
  • Since entering against Lebanon Valley on October 14, senior Wade Korvin is averaging 42.7 yards per punt, which would lead the MAC if he had appeared in enough games.  He will be eligible to appear on the MAC leaderboard following Saturday's game.
  • Stevenson leads the Middle Atlantic Conference in passing, throwing for 322.3 yards per game, and also ranks fourth in the conference in pass defense, as opponents throw for just 199.4 yards per contest.  The Mustangs rank third in total offense (414.0) and total defense (326.0).
  • 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.
  • The top two teams in the MAC who do not qualify for the NCAA Championship will compete in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.  Stevenson sits tied for fourth in the conference standings, but just a game back of third-place Albright.  First and second place meet as Widener travels to Delaware Valley, with the winner of that game winning the MAC automatic NCAA berth.
•  Lycoming leads the all-time series 4-2, but the Mustangs have won the last two meetings, including a 28-10 win in Williamsport to wrap up the 2016 regular season that gave Stevenson its first Middle Atlantic Conference title.  In the last meeting at Mustang Stadium, the Mustangs prevailed 38-14.

•  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 0-4 when it has three or more turnovers.

•  Stevenson has found itself down at some point in the first half in each of the last four 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.

•  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 60 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 322.3 yards per game through the air, which is also good for 12th nationally, while allowing opponents to throw for 199.4 yards per contest.

Individually, Dan Williams' 304.4 yards passing per game is 17th nationally.  Devin Salisbury is 20th in receptions per game at 7.3, while Preston Addo is 8th in receiving yards per game (122.3).

•  Stevenson leads the MAC and is No. 69 nationally in third down conversions, converting at a 42.1% clip (53-126).  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 remains alive for a MAC-Centennial Bowl Series slot, but would need a win and for Widener to upset Delaware Valley for the conference NCAA AQ, and for the Aggies to receive an at-large berth.  With a win, it would also be eligible for an ECAC bowl bid, with those games taking place November 17-19 at the University of Delaware.

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