Mustangs Battle Wilkes on Homecoming Saturday

Mustangs Battle Wilkes on Homecoming Saturday

2018 Stevenson Football
Stevenson (5-2, 4-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
Wilkes (4-3, 3-2 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 12 pm
Mustang Stadium - Owings Mills, Md.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 62 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 37-14 (.726) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Stevenson's defense has surrendered under 300 yards of total offense in five straight games.  Over that span the Mustangs have allowed an average of 255 yards per game.  At 303.9 yards allowed per game, the Mustangs are second in the MAC.
  • Stevenson is 4-0 on the road this season.  The Mustangs are one of three conference teams unbeaten away from home, with FDU-Florham 3-0 and Misericordia 2-0.
  • Vincent Lee's 52-yard punt return touchdown against Lebanon Valley on October 6 was the third in program history, with Preston Addo recording the other two.
  • Stevenson was picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll behind defending champion Delaware Valley.
  • Stevenson ranks No. 25 nationally in success in the red zone.  The Mustangs have gotten inside the opponent 20 25 times and come away with scores on 22 of them, recording 17 touchdowns and five field goals.
  • Sophomore quarterback Ty Crabb was 22-26 passing for 199 yards in his first collegiate start Saturday against Lebanon Valley, and also rushed for 113 yards on nine carries and a pair of scores, with TD runs of 41 and 33 yards.  He recorded the first 100-yard game for a Mustang runner since Devonte Williams had 108 yards on November 12, 2016 at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson's recent three-game win streak is its longest since 2016, when the Mustangs won the first eight games of the season.
  • Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle won his 50th career game September 8 at Bridgewater.  He is 45-36 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson has won three of the last four meetings with Wilkes, but the Colonels lead the all-time series 4-3.  The Mustangs won 44-12 in last season's matchup in Edwardsville, Pa.  In the last meeting at Mustang Stadium in 2016, Wilkes upset Stevenson 38-35.

NEAR THE TOP

•  Since the start of the 2014 season, Stevenson is the second winningest program in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Team Overall Pct. Conference Pct.

1) Delaware Valley 44-8 .846 35-5 .875

2) Stevenson 37-14 .726 31-10 .756

3) Widener 34-17 .667 31-10 .756

4) Albright 32-19 .627 27-13 .675

5) Lycoming 22-24 .478 19-21 .475

6) King's (Pa.) 20-26 .435 18-22 .450

7) Lebanon Valley 17-29 .370 17-23 .425

8) FDU-Florham 12-34 .261 8-32 .200

9) Wilkes 11-36 .234 10-31 .244

10) Misericordia 9-37 .196 8-32 .200

      Alvernia 1-5 .167 0-5 .000

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 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 September 15.
•  Titus Johnson had a program-record 71-yard touchdown run in the Albright game as well.
•  Stevenson did not allow a touchdown in the October 13 win at Widener, the first time it had not allowed an opponent to reach the end zone since a 19-0 win against Delaware Valley on October 22, 2016.
•  Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 69 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.
•  The Mustangs have never been shut out in 81 games in program history.
•  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.

SPARKLING DEBUT

•  Sophomore Ty Crabb made his first collegiate start at quarterback against Lebanon Valley on October 6 and led the Mustangs to a 36-7 victory.  He was 22-26 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown, while also carrying nine times for 113 yards and two scores on runs of 41 and 33 yards.  His 100-yard rushing game was the first for a Mustang since 2016.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

•  Stevenson did not have a turnover in its 35-23 win at Bridgewater on September 8 or in its 20-6 win against Widener last week.  The Mustangs are 10-0 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.  

RED ZONE SUCCESS

•  Through their first seven games, the Mustangs have scored on 22 of their 25 trips to the red zone, recording 17 touchdowns and five field goals.  Stevenson ranks No. 25 in red zone efficiency in Division III.

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.

     Stevenson has held its last five opponents under 300 yards of total offense.  The Mustangs rank second in the MAC in total defense at 303.9 yards per game and in scoring defense at 19.9 points allowed per game.

KEEP AWAY

•  Stevenson has led in time of possession in five of the first seven games, and has an average time of possession of 31:39.  The Mustangs held the ball for 35:01 in last week's win.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  After its bye week, Stevenson travels to Lycoming on November 3.