BY JEFF FALK
The Lebanon Valley College football program is certainly on the right road. But the Flying Dutchmen haven’t arrived just yet.
On Saturday afternoon in Doylestown, LVC had the enthusiasm of its 2-0 start tempered by a strong dose of reality. The Flying Dutchmen travelled to powerful Delaware Valley and endured a 34-10 beat-down at the hands of the 25th-ranked nationally Aggies.
After Lebanon Valley grabbed a 10-7 lead on a 20-yard Sean Fakette field goal, Delaware Valley reeled off 27 unanswered points. The Aggies’ outburst was fueled by Lebanon Valley turnovers and mistakes.
The setback dropped Lebanon Valley to 2-1 on the year and 0-1 in the Middle Atlanttic Conference. Delaware Valley, the reigning MAC champion, improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
The Aggies drove the opening kickoff for an early 7-0 advantage. But the Flying Dutchmen responded with Pete Panichi returning the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to set up a Ben Guiles’ one-yard plunge that knotted the score at seven.
For Guiles, it was the 33rd touchdown of his illustrious career. By picking up 67 yards on the ground, the senior tailback became only the third runner in Lebanon Valley history to surpass the 3,000-yard plateau in a career.
Lebanon Valley turned the ball over five times, while the Aggies notched 21 points in the second period to take a 28-10 advantage to the locker room.
Delaware Valley out gained Lebanon Valley 193 yards to 156 on the ground.
Cory Homer led the Lebanon Valley defense with a dozen tackles, while teammate Dave Hallinan registered 10. Flying Dutchmen receiver Joey Miller hauled in five balls for 64 yards.
On Saturday, the Flying Dutchmen will host Stevenson in the first-ever meeting of the programs.