Finally, it appears that the Lebanon Valley College football team has become the team it could’ve been, the team it was meant to be.
On Saturday at Person Field in Williampsort, the Flying Dutchmen registered their fourth straight victory, a 28-14 dismantling of Lycoming. On the strength of Ben Guiles’ 110-yard performance, LVC jumped out to a 21-0 advantage and was never seriously threatened.
With the win, Lebanon Valley improved to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Lycoming slipped to 5-4 on the fall and 3-3 in conference with its initial home loss of the season.
Guiles’ effort gave him 1,143 yards this fall and established a new Lebanon Valley College standard for yards in a season. His one-yard plunge gave LVC a 7-0 advantage with 6:47 left in the first period.
A 90-yard ‘pick-six’ by Flying Dutchmen defensive back Matt Lillis upped LVC’s advantage to two touchdowns. And Tom Picerno’s seven-yard scoring catch of a Caleb Fick toss capped a 14-play 80-yard drive that made it 21-0, 7:36 before the break.
Lycoming got one of those scores back before Guiles scored on his second one-yard dive to culminate a nine-play, 80-yard march that gave LVC a 28-7 lead.
Lebanon Valley came up with four takeaways, including a pair of picks in the fourth quarter that squelched any notion Lyco entertained of a rally.
Fick finished with 186 passing yards. Jur’ ey Fowkles paced the Flying Dutchmen defense with a career-high eight tackles.
Sill alive for a possible ECAC bowl berth, the Flying Dutchmen will close out their regular-season by hosting Albright at 1 p.m. on Saturday.