BY JEFF FALK It is unclear which was more noteworthy, how it did it or the mere fact that it is 2-0.
On Saturday, the Lebanon Valley College football team made the long trek to Grove City College and returned home with an impressive 27-7 triumph. The Flying Dutchmen gave up 35 less points than they did in a 57-42 season-opening win over Gettysburg a week earlier.
But the offense certainly kept up its end of the bargain, as quarterback Colt Zarilla and tailback Ben Guiles each had another strong outing. Zarilla completed 16 of his 24 pass attempts for 206 yards and three touchdowns, while Guiles paced a 200-yard team rushing attack with 103 of his own and a TD.
Lebanon Valley led 13-0 at halftime, but Grove City put up a seven-spot in the third quarter. LVC responded with a couple of touchdowns to put the outcome out of reach.
The Lebanon Valley defense limited Grove City to 187 yards of total offense and just 51 yards on the ground. The Wolverines fell to 0-2 on the year.
The contest was part of the so-called ‘MAC-PAC’ challenge between the schools’ two conferences.
Joey Miller’s 20-yard catch of a Zarilla aerial gave the Flying Dutchmen a 6-0 opening-quarter lead. Then in the second quarter, Zarila hit Matt Mankiewicz from seven yards away to make it a 13-0 game.
The Flying Dutchmen did not commit a turnover all day.
Lebanon Valley’s counter punch included Guiles’ touchdown run and a 93-yard fourth-quarter march for another Miller touchdown reception.