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trevor st. clairBY JEFF FALK

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LVC

It can be a rallying cry. A season’s mission statement. The verbalization of a common goal.

But here’s the thing with catchy team mottos: the snappier the slogan, the more difficult they are to live up to.

The Lebanon Valley College’s motto for the 2015 campaign is: ‘Buy in and sell out’. Pretty cool, huh?

It suggests that the Flying Dutchmen have each others’ backs, they’re emotionally vested, that they will win or lose together. There’s really only one thing that speaks louder than those fancy words.

“I think our players who have returned know the importance of playing well early,” said Lebanon Valley head coach Jim Monos. “We just want to get better each day. Our motto for this year is ‘buy in and sell out’. It’s easier said than done, but they’re living it. I feel like our chemistry is coming together.

reid pavlik tackle“You know my goal, and the team’s goal, is to win the MAC (Middle Atlantic Conference),” continued Monos. “Before we do we’ve got to buy in and sell out as a team. We’re not as concerned with who we’re playing as we are with playing at the highest level we can.”

All of this motivational rhetoric originates from a 2014 campaign in which Lebanon Valley College under-achieved, thanks in part to an 0-5 start. The Flying Dutchmen’s 3-7 final record ended a string of six consecutive winning seasons, and one of the most successful periods in the school’s 116 years of playing the sport.

“It was disappointing,” said Monos, who’s now in his 23rd season of guiding the program. “I felt like early on we did not play to the level we were capable of. After we started 0-5 we got to 3-5, and then lost two close football games at the end of the season. But as I look back on it, the kids never quit and we were playing our best at the end of the season. We lost five games by a touchdown or less, and didn’t win any. If you win some of those, you’re on your way.

“We evaluated the team going into this season, by position,” Monos added. “We knew the areas where we needed to improve. We want each individual to become a better football player, and I think our staff takes a lot of pride in doing that.”

There is plenty to like about Lebanon Valley’s prospects for 2015. The Flying Dutchmen’s overall number of 117 players is a program-record, and about 45 of those are represented by a talented freshman class.

connor pierceFor various reasons, Lebanon Valley also returns five fifth-year seniors – Bryan Ek, Clayton Williard, Andrew Livingston, Darain Feick and Trevor St. Clair. St. Clair and Ek have also been designated captains, along with seniors Kevin Antol, Bobby Conlon and Zach Smith.

“I think this group has the potential to be a very good football team,” said Monos. “Because of last year, I think we’ll fly under the radar, which is fine by me. Our players are excited about that.

“Because of the guys we have returning on defense, I’m feeling good about that unit,” continued Monos. “I think we shored up some things. I think our offensive line is a strength. I think we’re going to run the ball pretty well. With what we do offensively, that’s important. And I like the chemistry of our football team. They battle in practice and then walk off the field together.”

Supporting those returning fifth-year seniors on defense will be a group that includes Reid Pavlik, Ricky Feggins, Tyler Conlon, Jermaine McQueen, Guy Zimmerman and Spencer Moser. Moser will double as the punter and Palmyra product Matt Smoluk will handle the place-kicking chores.

zach smith“There are five guys who were gone and came back,” said Monos. “I feel like we shored up the defense real quick. Right now, we’re looking at eight of our 11 on defense being seniors, and we’ve got quality depth. Not only do we have a good first unit, we have quality guys behind them.”

Tailback Brendon Irving is an all-conference performer and heads a running corp that also features Jon Jones, Ryan Heim and fullbacks B. Conlon, Feick, Matt Koshinski and Annville-Cleona product Adam Bennett. Jeremy Franck is a senior quarterback being pushed for playing time by sophomores Tim Pirrone and Tyler Cottle.

Jeremy DeLaCruz, a sophomore out of Lebanon High, and Travis Saylor will handle the bulk of the receiving chores. The tight-ends are Elijah Johnson, Trey Manning and Mike Cecchini.

The Flying Dutchmen offensive line is big, strong and tough. Smith, Tyler Good, Ryan Dotson and Bryant Weller are all returners and they’ll be joined in the starting lineup by Ryan Kingshill.

bobby conlon“Our first unit is solid,” said Monos of his offensive linemen. “But depth is lacking. We’ve got numbers there, but they’re very young. The kids are going to have to step up. The freshman class has the potential to be the best group we ever recruited. As I watch them, it stands true.

“Offensively we’ve got to throw the football better than we have,” Monos continued. “The quarterbacks and receivers need more work. In the kicking game, I feel we need to be more consistent. The other thing I don’t know, I’m not sure how good we are on defense.”

Lebanon Valley College will open its season  Thursday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. at Arnold Field, against Franklin and Marshall, in the first night home game on campus in program history.

“We’re saying last year was a great game with F&M,” said Monos. “It was a tough spot. To be here, at home, playing under the lights, on the earliest date any college football team can play, we’re all excited to kick off the season. Momentum is going to be important for us. We’ve got to find a way to win it. I truly believe in the league, that anybody can beat anybody, which makes every game important. We’ve got our share of challenges this season.

andrew livingston“You’re going to enjoy watching this team play,” concluded Monos. “I’m looking forward to coaching it. I know it’s Division Three football, but it’s good football. There’s two things you’ve got to remember about these young men: They love the game and they want to win. As a coach, you couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”

 

2015 Football Roster
# NAME CLASS POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Cale Bruso So. FS 5-9 170
1 Tim Pirrone So. QB 5-10 152
2 Ryan Fink Fr. TB 5-9 195
2 Spencer Moser So. CB 5-7 181
3 Ricky Feggins Sr. CB 5-11 176
3 Corey Keen Jr. WR 6-2 178
4 Tyler Hodges Fr. OLB 6-2 200
4 Cyree Sutton-Ames So. TB 5-7 185
5 Jeremy De La Cruz So. WR 5-7 178
6 Jeremy Franck Sr. QB 6-1 177
7 Mike Gilger So. CB 5-7 161
7 Gary Wise Fr. WR 6-1 190
8 Tyler Melhorn Fr. SS 6-3 205
8 Kyle Zimnik So. WR 6-0 186
9 Adam Domovich Fr. WR 6-1 180
9 Blake Lutz So. FS 6-0 176
12 Jared Kramp Fr. WR 6-0 175
12 Ja’von Nelson So. CB 5-9 166
13 Chris Santana Fr. FS 6-0 175
14 Jakob Krebelj Fr. WR 6-8 200
14 Tim Schumacher So. SS 5-8 176
15 Andrew Deardorff So. K 5-9 163
15 John Mangrum Fr. OLB 5-8 175
16 Ben Petrie Jr. CB 5-8 151
16 Dalton Tucker Fr. P/K 5-7 200
17 Dallas Arner Fr. QB 6-0 180
18 Tyler Cottle So. QB 6-3 175
19 Tyler Sterner So. QB 6-0 190
20 Charlie Galante Sr. FB 5-10 241
20 Kecelet Metra Fr. CB 5-8 165
22 Brandon McMinn So. FS 5-11 179
23 Reid Pavlik Sr. OLB 5-7 174
24 Blake Panko Fr. TB 5-7 170
24 Tanner Reed Jr. CB 5-10 162
25 Cody Davis So. WR 5-10 186
25 Alec Soltys Fr. ILB 5-11 198
27 Connor Pierce Sr. FS 5-11 189
27 Treyvon White Fr. WR 5-11 155
28 Zachary Adams Fr. FS 6-0 185
29 Kyle Murray Jr. FS 5-11 181
30 Adam Bennett Fr. FB 5-11 225
31 C Kevin Antol Sr. SS 6-3 214
32 Jon Jones So. TB 5-10 189
33 Jermaine McQueen Jr. DE 5-10 213
33 Derrec Robinson Fr. FB 5-9 210
34 Matt Koshinski Sr. FB 5-8 209
34 Zach Martin Fr. ILB 6-0 205
34 Mike Ogunyemi So. FS 5-8 173
35 Paxson Hayes So. WR 5-8 178
36 Darian Feick Sr. FB 5-9 210
37 C Bryan Ek 5th CB 5-7 151
37 Tyler Skripko Fr. ILB 5-10 210
38 Michael Gaval So. WR 5-10 185
39 Ryan Heim So. TB 5-9 156
39 Bret Hertzog Fr. OLB 5-11 182
40 Cooper Fiadino Fr. FB 5-9 225
41 Evan Lysczek So. FB 5-9 198
41 Trevor Skripko Fr. ILB 5-10 210
42 Anthony Agosti So. OLB 5-9 179
43 Steve Salerno Fr. TB 5-9 210
44 Tyler Rhoads So. OLB 5-8 174
45 C Bobby Conlon Sr. FB 5-8 229
45 Anthony Greggo Fr. ILB 5-11 240
46 Dylan Berberick So. TE 6-1 207
47 Nick Newton So. OLB 6-0 187
48 Steven Salcedo So. WR 5-10 185
49 Brendon Irving Jr. TB 5-7 189
49 Kyle Walker Fr. CB 5-11 165
50 Guy Zimmerman So. DE 6-0 195
51 Adam Wagaman Fr. DE 6-3 245
52 Anthony Sorbin Jr. OG 5-9 243
53 Ryan Kingshill Jr. OT 6-5 278
54 Ryan Vaughn Sr. ILB 5-9 216
56 Tyler Schultz Fr. OT 6-4 260
57 John Salcedo Sr. DE 6-4 252
58 Scott Werner Fr. OG 6-1 250
59 Logan Stover Fr. OG 5-11 240
60 Mike Kaminsky Fr. OT 6-3 240
61 Lee Amarose Fr. OT 6-2 255
62 Tyler Good Sr. OG 6-2 258
63 Jordan Dziczek Fr. OT 6-3 275
64 Connor Cummins Fr. OC 6-2 293
65 Anthony Caruso Jr. OC 6-1 266
66 Robbie Beidler So. OG 6-1 211
67 C Zach Smith Sr. OT 6-3 277
69 Joseph Myers Sr. NT 5-10 267
70 Zach Savelli Fr. OG 5-11 265
71 Andrew Livingston 5th DE 6-1 219
72 Bryant Weller Jr. OC 6-4 339
73 Robert Van Horn Jr. OC 6-2 267
74 John Wentworth So. OT 6-3 291
75 Brett Mars Fr. NT 5-11 270
76 Jeremey Markiewicz Fr. OG 6-1 265
77 Ryan Dotson Sr. OG 6-1 277
78 Clayton Williard 5th NT 5-11 309
79 Evan Shiley Fr. OT 6-3 290
80 Trey Manning Jr. TE 6-1 223
81 Jordan Spahr So. OLB 6-1 205
82 Jared Michaels Fr. WR 6-1 200
83 Ian Lichty Fr. WR 6-2 203
84 Travis Saylor Jr. WR 6-3 178
85 Colt Baxter So. WR 5-11 169
86 C Trevor St. Clair 5th ILB 6-1 234
87 Mike Cecchini So. TE 6-1 207
89 Elijah Johnson Jr. TE 6-2 260
90 Steven McNeal Fr. OLB 5-8 200
91 Evan Witmer Fr. TE 6-3 220
92 Ryan Johnson Fr. DE 6-1 255
93 Tyler Conlon So. DE 6-2 207
94 Trent Donlan Fr. NT 5-10 255
95 Teddy Denver Fr. OLB 5-9 195
96 Tommy Garner So. OLB 6-1 201
97 Bobby Doughty Sr. K 6-1 170
97 Jacob Whitfield Fr. NT 6-0 270
98 Tom Gallagher So. ILB 5-11 220
98 Austin Maguire Fr. DE 6-2 245
99 Matthew Smoluk Sr. K 6-1 196

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2015 Lebanon Valley College Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
9/3/2015 Franklin & Marshall College Annville, Pa. 7 p.m.  
9/12/2015 * Misericordia University Dallas, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/19/2015 * Stevenson University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/25/2015 * Widener University Chester, Pa. 7 p.m.  
10/3/2015 * Lycoming College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Homecoming
10/10/2015 * FDU-Florham Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/24/2015 * Wilkes University Edwardsville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/31/2015 * Delaware Valley University Doylestown, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/7/2015 * King’s College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/14/2015 * Albright College Reading, Pa. 1 p.m.

2015 MAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Widener – 81 (9)
2. Delaware Valley – 67
3. Lycoming – 62
4. Albright – 58
5. Stevenson – 56
6. Lebanon Valley – 39
7. King’s – 32
8. Wilkes – 29
9. Misericordia – 16
10. FDU-Florham – 10

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