BY JEFF FALK
On Saturday afternoon, the Lebanon Valley College football team assured itself of its fifth straight winning season. With that in its back pocket, the Flying Dutchmen will turn their attentions to other things, one of which also involves a streak.
At McCarthy Stadium in Wilkes-Barre, Lebanon Valley bested King’s College 34-19, in its next-to-last game of the regular season. The Flying Dutchmen scored 27 unanswered points in the first half to take care of the outcome.
At 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the Middle Atlantic Confernce, the Flying Dutchmen will, at the very least, finish the season with a winning record. But a regular-season-ending victory over rival Albright, Saturday at Arnold Field, would likely qualify LVC for a fourth consecutive postseason bowl berth.
The loss dropped King’s to 2-7 on the year and 2-6 in the conference.
After spotting the Monarchs a 7-0 lead, Lebanon Valley stormed back to post the next 27 points and took a 27-7 lead to the locker room. The Flying Dutchmen’s defense was stellar all afternoon, surrendering a mere 209 yards of total offense and ten first downs.
Flyinng Dutchmen fullback Evan Fink, the MAC’s leading touchdown maker, tied the score at seven, on a one-yard plunge. On its next possession, Lebanon Valley took the lead for good by hauling in a 23-yard touchdown aerial from Leo Kyte.
A 22-yard Sean Fakete field goal and Pete Panichi’s 39-yard burst up the middle put the Flying Dutchmen ahead 24-7. Then just before the break, Fakete nailed a 40-yard field – LVC’s longest in 30 years – into the wind to up the Flying Dutchmen’s advantage to 20 points.
Kyte finished his afternoon 14-for-26 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Kyte’s second touchdown pass went to Joey Miller in the fourth quarter and made it a 34-13 game.
Lebanon Valley’s usually potent running game was limited to