BY JEFF FALK
There’s a long way to go and the start is far from cataclysmic. But the Lebanon Valley College football squad has left itself with very little margin for error.
On Saturday afternoon at Arnold Field, the Flying Dutchmen opened the home and Middle Atlantic Conference portion of their 2014 schedule with a disappointing 45-3 loss to Widener. The Pride tallied the last 36 points of the contest to break open a close game.
The loss dropped Lebanon Valley to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in the conference. Widener improved to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the MAC.
Playing in rain of varying intensity, Widener limited the Flying Dutchmen to 149 yards of total offense, 52 of which came on the ground.
Widener created four LVC turnovers during a second half in which it outscored the Flying Dutchmen 30-0.
After scoring a touchdown in the middle of the opening quarter, Widener upped its advantage to 9-0 with a safety in the second period. Lebanon Valley drove 68 yards in 11 plays to get a 28-yard field goal out of Palmyra product Matthew Smoluk to cut its deficit to six points.
But Widener scored 40 seconds before the break to take a 15-3 lead to the locker room.
Flying Dutchmen tailback Brendon Irving gained 98 yards on the ground. LVC senior receiver Tyler George, an Elco graduate, caught five balls for 58 yards.