Story and photo courtesy of Lycoming Athletics
DALLAS, Pa. – In his 39th year at Lycoming College, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Wiser reached 200 wins with the football team in Middle Atlantic Conference action and the Warriors turned in a fine defensive effort, notching a 38-0 win over first-year program Misericordia for Wiser’s 65th career shutout on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Mangelsdorf Field.
Wiser’s defense allowed just 69 total yards, including -15 rushing to help the Warriors (8-2 overall, 8-1 MAC) finish along in second place in the conference, one game behind Widener (9-0 overall, 8-0 MAC), who clinched with a 42-23 win over Delaware Valley.
Wiser is the second coach in the history of the MAC to be apart of 200 conference wins, joining Bill Manlove, who has worked at Lafayette, Widener and Delaware Valley and accumulated 221 MAC wins.
While the Warriors’ defense kept the Cougars’ offense stagnant, held to just five first downs, the Warriors rolled up 504 total yards, including 340 on the ground. The rushing tandam of senior Parker Showers (Aspers, Pa./Biglerville) and sophomore Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) each had fine days, with Showers rushing for a career-high 188 yards and two scores on just 19 carries. Needhammer finished with 95 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
The Warriors used their rushing game to build up a 17-0 lead by the half, rolling up 206 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the team’s defense held the Cougars to just 12 yards in the half, including -3 on the ground.
Lycoming broke onto the board with 10 seconds left in the first quarter, completing a nine-play, 45-yard drive when sophomore Tyler Jenny (Coalport, Pa./Glendale) found senior Jarrin Campman (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield Area) for a six-yard touchdown. The Warriors ran eight times on the drive for 30 yards and Campman caught two passes for 15 yards.
In the second quarter, the Warriors broke through again late in the quarter, when Showers found the sideline on a rush and scampered 48 yards for a touchdown. After forcing Misericordia to lose 26 yards on its next three plays, the Warriors got the ball back with 1:32 left and were able to drive 33 yards, setting up a 26-yard field goal from junior Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola) as time expired in the half.
Lycoming got back to work in the third quarter, driving 59 yards on eight plays on their first possession, with Needhammer running for 15 yards to get the ball to the two before diving in to make it 24-0.
After Misericordia drove into Lycoming territory for the first time on the next drive, Lycoming ended the drive, forcing a punt on fourth-and-29. The Warriors responded with a 70-yard drive, with Showers finding the sideline for a 22-yard run before taking it the last two yards into the endzone.
With their third drive of the quarter, the Warriors added another touchdown, with Needhammer scoring from four yards out to cap an eight-play, 54-yard drive.
Jenny finished 16-of-26 for 164 yards and one score. He was intercepted and sacked once. Campman led the receivers with eight catches for 76 yards and a score and sophomore John Sibel (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) added four catches for 31 yards.
Michael Pheasant was held to 5-of-11 for 84 yards passing for the Cougars. Tyler Rowe caught two passes for 64 yards and Frank Santarsiero led the ground game with 18 yards on seven carries.
Junior Dwight Hentz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area) paced the Warrior defense with six tackles, 2.5 for loss and 0.5 sacks. Both sophomores Braden Zeiner (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall-Coplay) and Kyle Sullivan (Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) each added five stops, with Zeiner adding 1.5 for loss and Sullivan 2.0 for loss. The Warriors stopped the Cougars behind the line 10 times in the game.
Sean Weg led the Cougars with eight tackles, 1.5 for loss and Oluwarosin Adeyemo picked off a pass. Ben Camacho also had eight stops.
The Warriors will now wait for the NCAA Division III Football Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. to see if they are one of the 32 teams that will be selected to the field.