BY JEFF FALK
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.
“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.”
Delaware 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.
And 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.
After 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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2016 Lebanon Valley College Football Schedule
|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|
|10/8/2016||*||Widener University||Annville, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|10/22/2016||*||Lycoming College||Williamsport, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|10/29/2016||*||Misericordia University||Annville, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|11/5/2016||*||FDU-Florham||Madison, N.J.||1 p.m.|
|11/12/2016||*||Albright College||Annville, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|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|