Football Wraps Up Three-Game Road Swing at King's

Football Wraps Up Three-Game Road Swing at King's

2018 STEVENSON FOOTBALL
Stevenson (2-1, 1-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
King's (Pa.) (1-1, 0-0 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1 pm
McCarthy Stadium (3,000) - Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 58 straight games.  The last game without a takeaway was November 3, 2012 at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson has made four straight postseason appearances.  The Mustangs made their inaugural NCAA appearance in 2016, while the program enjoyed bowl wins in 2014 and 2015, winning an ECAC bowl in 2014 and the Centennial-MAC Bowl in 2015.  Last season, Stevenson qualified for the ECAC James Lynah Bowl.
  • Stevenson is 34-13 (.723) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • The Mustangs are 20-2 in the month of September since the 2013 campaign.
  • Senior quarterback Dan Williams is sixth among active Division III quarterbacks in passing yards (6,712), fifth in completions (567) and eighth in passing touchdowns (59).
  • Junior Hanif Jones was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Sunday after his 31-yard pick six in the third quarter.  Jones also finished with three tackles in the win at Albright.
  • The Mustangs return four players who were All-Middle Atlantic Conference last season.  Dan Williams was a First Team selection for the second straight year, while Connor Davis and Ashton Leschke were Second Team selections.  Brendan Flaherty was named Honorable Mention after converting to the offensive line midway through last season.
  • Stevenson was picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll behind defending champion Delaware Valley.  The Mustangs garnered a pair of first-place votes.  Albright was tabbed fourth, behind Widener.
  • The Mustangs have turned the ball over just twice in the first three games, good for No. 20 nationally.
  • Stevenson is averaging 150.7 yards rushing in its first three games.  Last season the Mustangs averaged just over 97 yards per game on the ground. 
  • Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle won his 50th career game September 8 at Bridgewater.  He is 42-35 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson leads the all-time series 4-3 and has won the last four meetings.  Last season at Mustang Stadium the Mustangs downed the Monarchs 38-9 as it jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead.  Dan Williams threw for four touchdowns in the victory.

STEVENSON QUICK HITS

•  The Mustangs were picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August behind Delaware Valley.  The Mustangs earned two place votes, while the Aggies garnered eight.  Widener, which was picked third, received the other first place vote.

•  Senior linebacker Mike Datu has 17 tackles through the first three games, including three tackles for a loss in the season opener, and an interception in last week's game at Albright.  Datu missed all but two games of the 2017 season due to injury.

•  Dan Williams has two rushing touchdowns this season after having one through his first three seasons.  He has thrown for 59 career scores.

•  Senior linebacker Ashton Leschke is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.  He is a biology major.
•  Sophomore Brandon Ribeiro had a program-record 66 yard punt at Albright on Saturday.

•  Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 65 contests and has only played in two in its history.  The last OT game came on September 8, 2012, a 29-22 loss to Albright.

•  Stevenson played two non-conference games for the first time since the 2011 season, its first.  The Middle Atlantic Conference has gone to an eight-game schedule with the addition of Alvernia, giving it 11 teams.

IN A RUSH

•  After rushing for over 100 yards just three times in 2017 and averaging 97 yards per game, Stevenson is averaging 150.7 yards per game on the ground in 2018, including 199 in last week's win at Albright.  Titus Johnson leads the Mustangs with 172 rushing yards, including a program-record 71 yard run in the Albright win.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

•  Stevenson did not have a turnover in its 35-23 win at Bridgewater on September 8.  The Mustangs are 9-0 since the start of the 2015 season when they do not commit a turnover, going 2-0 last season and 3-0 in both 2015 and 2016.  Stevenson has committed just two turnovers this season and is tied for No. 22 nationally for fewest turnovers.

DAN WILLIAMS NOMINEE FOR ALLSTATE/AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

•  Dan Williams was one of 169 nominees for the 2018 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.  The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.  The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

•  The Mustang defense was dominant in the second half against Albright, allowing just 48 yards and no points as Stevenson outgained the Lions 279-48.  Stevenson also had two interceptions in the second half, including Hanif Jones' 31-yard pick six that earned him MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

KEEP AWAY

•  Stevenson has led in time of possession in each of the first three games, and has an average time of possession of 31:49.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson travels to King's on Saturday for its third straight road game before hosting defending conference champion Delaware Valley on Saturday, September 29 at 1 pm at Mustang Stadium.