Mustangs Clash With No. 20/22 Delaware Valley Saturday

Mustangs Clash With No. 20/22 Delaware Valley Saturday

2018 Stevenson Football
Stevenson (3-1, 2-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
No. 20/22 Delaware Valley (3-1, 2-0 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 1 pm
Mustang Stadium - Owings Mills, Md.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 59 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.
  • Saturday's game is a meeting of the two winningest programs in the Middle Atlantic Conference since the start of 2014.  Delaware Valley is 42-8 (.840), while Stevenson is 35-13 (.729)
  • The Mustangs are 21-2 in the month of September since the 2013 campaign.
  • Senior quarterback Dan Williams is fourth among active Division III quarterbacks in passing yards (7,060) and completions (598) and eighth in passing touchdowns (60).
  • The Mustangs have had the MAC Defensive Player of the Week in each of the past two weeks.  Hanif Jones earned the honor after the Albright game as he had a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown and three tackles.  Ashton Leschke earned the award this week after his 10-tackle performance against King's in which he also had three pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.  Leschke was also named to the D3football.com Team of the Week on Tuesday.
  • Stevenson was picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll behind defending champion Delaware Valley.
  • The Mustangs have turned the ball over just three times in the first four games, good for No. 27 nationally.
  • Stevenson has scored on all 14 of its trips to the red zone this season, recording 12 touchdowns and two field goals.  The Mustangs are one of 20 teams in Division III who have scored on each trip inside the 20, and one of only three that has played four games. 
  • Stevenson's current 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 43-35 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Delaware Valley leads the all-time series 6-1, including a 27-7 win in Doylestown, Pa. last season.  In the last meeting at Mustang Stadium in 2016, the Mustangs blanked the Aggies 19-0 on Homecoming.

BATTLE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

•  Since the start of the 2014 season, Delaware Valley and Stevenson are the two winningest programs in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Team Overall Pct. Conference Pct.

1) Delaware Valley 42-8 .840 33-5 .868
2) Stevenson 35-13 .729 29-9 .763
3) Widener 32-16 .667 29-9 .763
4) Albright 32-17 .653 27-11 .711
5) Lycoming 22-22 .500 19-19 .500
6) King's (Pa.) 18-25 .419 16-21 .434
7) Lebanon Valley 17-26 .395 17-20 .460
8) FDU-Florham 11-33 .250 7-31 .184
9) Wilkes 8-36 .181 7-31 .184
10) Misericordia 6-37 .140 6-32 .158
Alvernia 1-2 .333 0-2 .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 Mike Datu has 24 tackles through the first four 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 three rushing touchdowns this season after having one through his first three seasons.  He has thrown for 60 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 September 15.

•  Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 66 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 136.8 yards per game on the ground in 2018, including 199 at Albright.  Titus Johnson leads the Mustangs with 224 rushing yards, including a program-record 71 yard run in the Albright win.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

•  11 different players have at least one touchdown this season, with six players having at least one rushing touchdown and five players recording a touchdown reception.  Six players have the 11 rushing scores, with Titus Johnson and Dan Williams each having three rushing TDs, with five players recording touchdown grabs.  Ryan Stango is the only receiver with multiple touchdowns.

WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS

•  Dan Williams ranks among the national leaders in three passing categories.  He is 16th in Division III in passing yards with 1,034, while his .667 completion percentage and 22.5 completions per game each rank 24th overall.  Williams leads the MAC in completion percentage. At 258.5 passing yards per game, Williams ranks No. 38 in that category.

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 three turnovers this season and is tied for No. 27 nationally for fewest turnovers.

RED ZONE SUCCESS

•  Through its first four games, the Mustangs have scored on all 14 trips to the red zone, recording 12 touchdowns and a pair of field goals.  Stevenson is one of 20 teams nationally that have scored each time in the red zone, but Central (Iowa) and Hobart are the only two of those teams besides the Mustangs who have played four games.

DAN WILLIAMS NOMINEE FOR ALLSTATE/AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

•  Dan Williams is 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 was 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 four games, and has an average time of possession of 32:40.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson plays its second straight home game next Saturday as Lebanon Valley visits Mustang Stadium for a 1 pm kickoff.