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ANNVILLE – Football imitates life in that it includes good days and bad days. The difference is that in football, games are only played once a week.

When he took over the Lebanon Valley College program, in the back of his mind, Joe Buehler knew there could be days like these – whether he allowed himself to consider that possibility or not.

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Arnold Field, the Flying Dutchmen endured their most devastating loss in the new Buehler era, a 48-0 thumping at the hands of an athletic Delaware Valley squad. After the Flying Dutchmen fell into a 21-0 halftime hole, Delaware Valley scored touchdowns on consecutive snaps from scrimmage early in the third quarter – in a span of just 20 seconds – to push its advantage to 34-0.

The loss was Lebanon Valley’s third straight under Buehler and left the Flying Dutchmen 1-4 on the year and 1-3 in the Middle Atlantic Conference. It was the first time Lebanon Valley was shutout in ten years.

With the win, the Aggies improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Delaware Valley’s win over Lebanon Valley was its 13th in their last 14 meetings, and the Aggies now lead the all-time series with the Flying Dutchmen 22-12.

“The plan when I took the job was to win,” said Buehler. “You certainly don’t think about days like this. But you know they can happen.

IMG_0286“We got our butts kicked today, on both sides of the ball,” continued Buehler. “They wood-sheded us. This (LVC) is a good football team. I’m telling you right now, we have good football players. We’re just making mistakes at the wrong time.”

There were times yesterday when the Flying Dutchmen experienced difficulties matching Delaware Valley’s athleticism, speed outside and strength up front. Behind 307 yards on the ground, the Aggies out gained the Flying Dutchmen 489 total yards to 272.

Delaware Valley had five plays of 39 yards or longer.

Lebanon Valley’s deepest penetration of the game came late in the third quarter, when it reached the Aggie 11-yard-line. But by that time, it was 41-0.

“It was the edge,” said Buehler of the Aggies’ big plays. “We gave up the edge too much. You can’t do that. We’ve got to have someone force the play back inside. These guys will show up. We didn’t have a bad practice. But we haven’t played our best football yet.

“I told our guys, ‘It was 48-0 and you got your butts kicked,” added Buehler. “But whether it’s 48-47 or 7-6, it’s a loss. You can’t hang your heads. You can’t panic. We’re not going to do it in Week Five.”

IMG_0306Delaware Valley got on the board 6:37 into the contest, on its second possession – a seven-play, 40-yard march – and grabbed a 7-0 lead. Midway through the second stanza, the Aggies upped their advantage to 14-0 on powerful Devauntay Ellis’ 44-yard jaunt to the left pylon.

But the touchdown that really threw a monkey wrench into the Lebanon Valley cause was quarterback Dashawn Darden’s two-yard sneak that made it 21-0, 49 seconds before the intermission. That came on the end of an eight-play, 77-yard Aggie possession.

“When you have chances to make plays, you’ve got to make plays,” said Buehler. “It’s about execution. We’ve got to execute better. There’s no secret recipe.

“I felt we needed to do a couple of things early,” continued Buehler. “It’s really tough when you get down two scores in a football game.”

Delaware Valley also scored on its initial possession of the second half, Robert Cleveland taking it over from a yard out to push the Aggies’ lead to 27 points. Then on the Flying Dutchmen’s ensuing drive, Aggie Sammy Mohr stepped in front of a Tyler Cottle pass and returned it 43 yards for the touchdown that made it 34-0.

IMG_0292And before the period was out, D. Ellis got to the left edge of the LVC defense and out raced it 82 yards to the promised land, for his second TD of the afternoon.

“What we talked about at halftime was coming out on the first drive and getting points and getting it back to a two-score game,” said Buehler of his halftime message. “And we wanted to fix the edge. There were times we didn’t contain the outside That’s a good football team, but we gave up a lot of big plays. There’s a lot of good football teams in our conference. But when the game got away from us, it really got away from us.

“It’s some of the things we’ve been working on that we’ve got to keep working on,” added Buehler. “Defensively, we’ve got to be able to stop the run. We haven’t been able to do that consistently. Offensively, teams know we’re going to run the football, and we’re still doing it.”

With his 12 carries and 65 rushing yards, Flying Dutchmen senior Brendon Irving moved to within 497 yards of Lebanon Valley’s all-time rushing record. Irving now has 3,428 yards in his career.

IMG_0310After replacing stater Tim Pirrone in the second quarter, Cottle completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 66 yards and an interception.

“We’ve got to watch the tape, but no one came out and said, ‘I’m going to be the starter’,” said Buehler of his quarterback situation. “I thought Tim was desperately trying to make plays early. It’s not because Tim Pirrone doesn’t care. He cares so so much. He was on the sidelines helping Cottle. He’s a class act.

“It’s (the outcome) certainly a kick to your confidence,” continued Buehler. “But these guys love playing football. They’ll respond.”



 

 

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IMG_02852016 Lebanon Valley College Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
9/3/2016 Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, Pa. L 6-30
 
9/10/2016 * Wilkes University Annville, Pa. W 38-20  
 
9/17/2016 * No. 24 Stevenson University Stevenson, Md. L 13-24
 
9/24/2016 * King’s College (Pa.) Wilkes-Barre, Pa. L 17-21  
 
Coach To Cure MD Game
10/1/2016 * Delaware Valley University Annville, Pa. L 0-48  
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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  IMG_0307MAC Standings
School MAC Overall
Middle Atlantic Conference
Stevenson 4-0 5-0
Widener 3-0 3-1
Delaware Valley 3-1 4-1
Albright 3-1 3-2
King’s 2-2 2-3
FDU – Florham 1-2 1-3
Lycoming 1-3 2-3
Lebanon Valley 1-3 1-4
Wilkes 1-3 1-4
Misericordia 0-4 0-5

 

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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