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IMG_8318 BY JEFF FALK

ANNVILLE – It wasn’t Joe Buehler’s first win, it was the Lebanon Valley College football program’s first win with Buehler as its head coach. Or better yet, it was Lebanon Valley’s first win of the season.

LVC seems acutely aware of the fact that the longer it focuses on the moment the more the big picture will take care of itself.

On a hot Saturday night at Arnold Field, the Flying Dutchmen ushered the Buehler era in style, overwhelming Wilkes 38-20 in their home opener. By owning the line of scrimmage and establishing a punishing running game, Lebanon Valley ran out to a 21-0 lead and never led by less than two possessions.

Lebanon Valley churned out a whopping 369 yards on the ground on its way to enjoying a 453-311 advantage in total yards. Running back Jon Jones and receiver Gary Wise tallied a pair of LVC touchdowns apiece.

IMG_8294The Lebanon Valley defense was stout throughout, and forced four takeaways.

The performance was in stark contrast to LVC’s season-opening 30-6 loss at Franklin and Marshall a week ago. The Flying Dutchmen are now 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Middle Atlantic Conference, while the Colonels fell to 0-2 and 0-1 in the circuit.

It was the Flying Dutchmen’s sixth straight win over the Colonels, but Wilkes still leads the all-time series 23-22.

“I can’t believe I fell for that,” said Buehler of the celebratory post-game Gatorade bath administered by his troops. “(Junior linebacker) Tommy Gallagher came over to me and said, ‘Coach, can I see your headset?’ He put it on and I said, ‘What do you want my headset for?’ But when I realized it was too late. I can’t believe I fell for it.

“It does feel good,” continued Buehler. “But I’m just so happy for our team. To come out and dominate on both sides of the ball, it was awesome.”

IMG_8405The Flying Dutchmen drove for touchdowns on their first two possessions and led 14-0, 7:40 in. A better start to a head coach’s initial home opener one would be hard-pressed to imagine.

In fact, the first five plays Lebanon Valley called were rushing plays, including Jones’ 27-yard jaunt to the end zone. The next seven Flying Dutchmen snaps were also – you guessed it – rushing attempts, this time Jones scoring from 20 yards out.

“I was jacked before the game,” said Buehler. “I wanted to play. There were no butterflies. It was awesome to see our guys get off the ball and knock them (the Colonels) back.

“That’s Dutchmen football,” Buehler continued. “The way we came out and pounded the football. We have a stable of running backs. We have some guys who can run the rock.”

IMG_8425The Flying Dutchmen enjoyed a 24-7 advantage at the break, thanks to Ryan Fink’s two-yard touchdown burst 3:21 into the second stanza and Marcus Brown’s 22-yard field with five seconds remaining in the half. Fink’s score was set up by a 21-yard completion between quarterback Tim Pirrone and Dylan Berberick, while Brown’s three-pointer came at the end of a 15-play, 71-yard, six-minute-29-second possession.

“We got better,” said Buehler of the loss to the Diplomats. “We just worked really hard in practice. They say the most improvement in a football season comes from Week One to Week Two. But we had to get better.

“I love the physicality,” added Buehler. “We were so physical all over the field. Running the ball is such an important part of what we want to do offensively. I’m an old offensive line coach. I love running the football. But there’s a place for throwing the ball, when your opponent puts too many guys in the box.”

IMG_8387If the outcome was still in doubt, Lebanon Valley settled it by scoring on its first possession of the second half, to go up 31-7. The touchdown was the result of a great hustle play by Flying Dutchmen wide receiver Gary Wise.

Fink ripped off a 57-yard scamper down the right sideline and was poised to score when he fumbled. Wise, who stayed with the play the whole way, was there to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I guess I’d say it’s still early,” said Buehler. “But you only get so many contests, so you have to look forward to all of them. We’re 1-1, and we’re 1-0 in the conference. We play a really good football team next week (at Stevenson). We’re going to get better.”

Wise scored in a more conventional way 3:37 into the final period, on a 25-yard scoring strike from Pirrone, to make it 38-14 LVC. The play came on a fourth-down-and-ten snap, and resulted from a Brendan Yetter interception.

“I don’t know how many interceptions we had,” said Buehler. “But we had a bunch. Those turnovers were big.

“He (Pirrone) made a lot of checks in the first half,” Buehler added. “And almost every one of them was into the right play. He’s just so comfortable with the offense now.”



Fink carried ten times for 109 yards, Brendan Irving posted 96 yards on 19 attempts and Jones collected 82 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, Lebanon Valley was led by Kyle Murray, Spencer Moser, Gallagher and Tommy Garner.

The game was moved back from its original start time of 1 p.m to 6 p.m., because of humidity and temperatures in the low 90s.

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IMG_83142016 Lebanon Valley Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
9/3/2016 Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, Pa. L 6-30  Box Score  
9/10/2016 * Wilkes University Annville, Pa. 6 p.m.  
9/17/2016 * Stevenson University Stevenson, Md. 1 p.m.  
9/24/2016 * King’s College (Pa.) Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Coach To Cure MD Game
10/1/2016 * Delaware Valley University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Homecoming
10/8/2016 * Widener University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/22/2016 * Lycoming College Williamsport, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Pink Game
10/29/2016 * Misericordia University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/5/2016 * FDU-Florham Madison, N.J. 1 p.m.  
Senior Day
11/12/2016 * Albright College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.

 

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2016 LVC Football Roster
# NAME CLASS POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL
1 Cale Bruso Jr. FS 6-0 185 Hegins, Pa. / Tri-Valley
1 Tim Pirrone Jr. QB 5-11 165 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
2 Paxson Hayes Jr. TB 5-11 201 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
2 Spencer Moser Jr. CB 5-7 187 Denver, Pa. / Cocalico
3 Corey Keen Sr. WR 6-2 178 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. / James M. Coughlin
3 Brendan Yetter Fr. FS 5-11 175 Bel Air, Md. / Bel Air
4 Tyeair Diggs Fr. WR 5-8 165 Hershey, Pa. / Milton Hershey
4 Tyler Hodges So. OLB 6-2 200 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
5 Jeremy De La Cruz Jr. WR 5-7 178 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon
5 Nick Sweitzer Fr. FS 5-10 197 Leesport, Pa. / Schuylkill Valley
6 Michael Gaval Sr. WR 5-10 185 Mahanoy City, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
6 Mike Ogunyemi Jr. FS 5-8 173 Owing Mills, Md. / New Town
7 Mike Gilger Jr. CB 5-7 175 Shamokin, Pa. / Our Lady of Lourdes
7 Gary Wise So. WR 6-1 204 Pottstown, Pa. / Pottstown
8 Kyle Zimnik Sr. WR 6-0 207 Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley
9 Adam Domovich So. WR 6-1 190 Hummelstown, Pa. / Lower Dauphin
9 Blake Lutz Jr. FS 6-0 202 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
12 Jake Cromer Fr. FS 5-10 170 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
12 Jared Kramp So. WR 6-0 185 Lancaster, Pa. / Lancaster Catholic
13 Marcus Brown So. K 6-3 215 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
14 Jakob Krebelj So. WR 6-8 212 Koper, Slovenia / Mercersburg Academy
14 Tim Schumacher Jr. SS 5-8 188 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
15 Brett Cohen Fr. QB 5-10 160 Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley
15 Cody Davis Jr. CB 5-10 186 West Grove, Pa. / Avon Grove
16 Ben Petrie Sr. CB 5-8 165 Waynesboro, Pa. / Waynesboro
16 Josh Stoneberg Fr. QB 5-11 197 New Freedom, Pa. / Susquehannock
17 Dallas Arner So. QB 6-0 195 Berwick, Pa. / Berwick
17 Dylan Lobach Fr. ILB 6-0 210 New Tripoli, Pa. / Northwestern Lehigh
18 Tyler Cottle Jr. QB 6-6 205 Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown
19 Ethan Ritchie Fr. DE 6-2 225 Philadelphia, Pa. / Archbishop Carroll
19 Tyler Sterner Jr. QB 6-0 200 Hanover, Pa. / South Western
20 Nick Bentz Fr. K 6-0 178 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
20 Nick Tucker So. CB 6-0 184 Walkersville, Md. / Walkersville
22 Tyler Okomba Fr. WR 5-10 185 Wheatley Heights, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East
23 Ryan Fink So. TB 5-9 205 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Schuylkill Haven
24 Blake Panko So. TB 5-7 170 Mount Carmel, Pa. / Mount Carmel
25 Manuel Ramos Fr. TB 5-9 179 Muncy, Pa. / Muncy
25 Alec Soltys So. ILB 5-11 206 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Pine Grove
27 Mason Evitts Fr. WR 5-11 203 Mahanoy Plane, Pa. / Marion Catholic
28 Zachary Adams So. FS 6-0 195 Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove
28 Anthony Jenkins Fr. FS 5-10 178 Temple, Pa. / Muhlenberg
29 Kyle Murray Sr. FS 5-11 188 Sayville, N.Y. / Sayville
30 Rubens Isai Fr. CB 5-10 170 Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks West
30 Matt Petrie Fr. WR 5-6 140 Waynesboro, Pa. / Fairfield
31 Eamon Blythe Fr. FB 5-5 209 Harrisburg / Central Dauphin
32 Derek Cline Fr. ILB 5-8 222 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
32 Jon Jones Jr. TB 5-10 231 Plant City, Fla. / Brandon
33 Jermaine McQueen Sr. DE 5-10 230 Philadelphia, Pa. / Milton Hershey
33 Derrec Robinson So. FB 5-9 231 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Blue Mountain
34 Teddy Denver So. OLB 5-9 210 Allentown, Pa. / Salisbury
35 Colten Denlinger Fr. FB 5-11 221 Carlisle, Pa. / Carlisle
36 C.J. Steinhilber Fr. FB 5-10 209 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
37 Cooper Fiadino So. FB 5-9 225 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. / Egg Harbor Township
38 Chance Hayes Fr. FB 5-8 200 Yorklyn, Del. / Wilmington Charter
39 Bret Hertzog So. OLB 5-11 190 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
39 William Langan Fr. TB 5-11 196 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
40 C Tom Gallagher Jr. ILB 6-0 226 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
41 Evan Lysczek Jr. FB 5-9 221 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
42 Evan Greer Fr. FB 5-11 223 York, Pa. / Spring Grove
43 Steve Salerno So. TB 5-9 218 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
44 Tyler Rhoads Jr. OLB 5-8 174 Bushwood, Md. / Chopticon
45 Elijah Navarro Fr. ILB 5-9 205 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon
46 Dylan Berberick Jr. TE 6-2 230 Greensburg, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem
47 Nick Newton Jr. OLB 6-0 187 Lehighton, Pa. / Lehighton
48 Alex Trujillo Jr. ILB 5-10 234 Naples, Fla. / Golden Gate
49 Chance Atkins So. CB 5-9 170 York, Pa. / Central York
49 Brendon Irving Sr. TB 5-7 189 Woolwich, N.J. / Kingsway Regional
50 Guy Zimmerman Jr. DE 6-0 225 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
51 Adam Wagaman So. DE 6-3 245 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
52 Anthony Sorbin Sr. OG 5-9 243 Delmont, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem
53 Ryan Kingshill Sr. OT 6-5 328 Bear, Del. / Red Lion Christian Academy
54 Logan Stover So. OG 5-11 268 York, Pa. / West York
56 Garrett Zalar Fr. ILB 6-0 251 Coal Township, Pa. / Shamokin
57 Scott Werner So. OG 6-1 265 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
58 Dan Ferraioli Fr. DE 5-10 226 Flourtown, Pa. / Plymouth Whitemarsh
59 Josh Skotek Fr. NT 5-8 235 McAdoo / Marion Catholic
60 Andrew Sarachman Fr. DE 6-5 226 Warrington, Pa. / Central Bucks South
61 Lee Amarose So. OT 6-2 271 Atlas, Pa. / Mount Carmel
63 Jordan Dziczek So. OT 6-3 310 Frackville, Pa. / North Schuylkill
64 Jack Heft Fr. OT 6-2 317 Spring City, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts
65 Anthony Caruso Sr. OT 6-1 280 Mifflinburg, Pa. / Mifflinburg
66 Robbie Beidler Jr. OG 6-1 230 Cleona, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
67 Nick Redmon Fr. OG 5-9 207 Nazareth, Pa. / Nazareth
68 Nate Trindel Fr. OG 6-1 283 Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg
70 Sal Tossona Fr. NT 5-10 275 Chalfont, Pa. / Central Bucks West
71 Victor Lopez Fr. DE 6-0 200 Bendersville, Pa. / Biglerville
72 C Bryant Weller Sr. OC 6-4 329 James Creek, Pa. / Huntingdon
73 Bob Van Horn Sr. OC 6-2 267 Ringtown, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
75 Brett Mars So. NT 5-11 312 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
76 Scotty Dickmyer Fr. OC 5-10 304 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
77 Jeremey Markiewicz So. OG 6-1 289 Mahanoy City, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
77 Victor Morcelo Fr. DE 5-11 230 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
78 Scott Salerno Fr. OG 5-8 263 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
79 Evan Shiley So. OT 6-3 290 Camp Hill, Pa. / Cedar Cliff
80 Trey Manning Sr. TE 6-2 236 Middletown, Pa. / Middletown
81 Jordan Spahr Jr. ILB 6-1 210 Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter-Strasburg
82 Ryan Seagrave So. WR 6-1 170 Williamsport, Pa. / South Williamsport
83 Ian Lichty So. WR 6-2 211 York, Pa. / West York
84 C Travis Saylor Sr. WR 6-3 190 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
85 Colt Baxter Jr. WR 5-11 181 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
86 Steven Salcedo Jr. WR 5-10 185 York, Pa. / York Suburban
87 Mike Cecchini Sr. TE 6-1 230 Smithtown, N.Y. / Hauppauge
89 Patrick Clark Fr. TE 6-2 236 Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville
90 Wyett McLeod Fr. DE 6-1 230 Fairless Hills, Pa. / Conwell-Egan
91 Wyatt Griffith Fr. TE 6-1 231 Rising Sun, Md. / Rising Sun
92 Ryan Johnson So. DE 6-1 281 Bath, Pa. / Bethlehem Catholic
93 Tyler Conlon Jr. DE 6-2 230 Phillipsburg, N.J. / Phillipsburg
94 Trent Donlan So. NT 5-10 264 Elysburg, Pa. / Southern Columbia
95 Hunter Herb Fr. DE 5-11 219 Hegins, Pa. / Tri-Valley
96 Tommy Garner Jr. OLB 6-1 215 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
97 Jacob Whitfield So. NT 6-0 297 York, Pa. / William Penn
98 Austin Maguire So. DE 6-2 255 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
99 Hunter McGuire Fr. ILB 6-1 227 Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita

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