No. 20/22 Delaware Valley Overcomes Early Deficit, Tops Mustangs

No. 20/22 Delaware Valley Overcomes Early Deficit, Tops Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - No. 20/22 Delaware Valley overcame an early 17-0 deficit to defeat Stevenson 31-20 in Middle Atlantic Conference football Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • Stevenson (3-2, 2-1 MAC) took an early 3-0 lead on their first drive, with Brandon Ribeiro booting a 31-yard field goal.  The drive was set up when DelVal's Dashawn Darden fumbled on the Mustang 19, with Jake Clayton recovering.
  • After a three-and-out for the Aggies (4-1, 3-0 MAC), Stevenson drove 86 yards in 12 plays, including two rushes for 31 yards by Titus Johnson and a 13-yard completion to Johnson from Dan Williams.
  • Facing 2nd-and-10 at the 20, a Williams completion to Patrick Najmola was knocked loose by a DelVal defender, but Chaz Lyles recovered the fumble in the end zone with 2:53 left in the quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  • On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick by Ribeiro, the ball glanced off a DelVal player and bounced into the end zone, where it was recovered by Stevenson's Brad Kinckner for his first career touchdown and a 17-0 lead, with the Mustangs scoring twice in a span of two seconds.

  • Delaware Valley got on the board 1:18 into the second quarter as a 27-yard pass from Darden to Dan Allen capped a nine-play, 79-yard drive.
  • The Aggies scored again with 43 seconds left before halftime as Darden found John Graham for an 18-yard touchdown completion to make it a 17-14 game at halftime.

  • Stevenson fumbled on the opening drive of the second half with the Aggies recovering at the Mustang 39.
  • Facing 3rd-and-10 on the Mustang 15, Darden found Marquis Ellis in the end zone to cap a seven play drive and put the visitors up for the first time with 10:28 left in the third.
  • An attempted onside kick by DelVal went just six yards, and after advancing to the Aggie 17, a 34-yard field goal by Gavin Locklear made it 21-20 with 7:36 left in the quarter.

  • A Mustang fumble at the Stevenson 13 was recovered by Delaware Valley and returned to the 1 with 10:20 left.  One play later, Darden punched it in for a 28-20 lead.
  • DelVal increased its lead to 31-20 with 6:08 left on a 32-yard field goal by Nick Restaino.
  • After the Aggie kickoff went out of bounds, a 21-yard pass from Ty Crabb to Chaz Lyles put the Mustangs into visiting territory, however, an interception gave the ball back to DelVal with 5:39 left.
  • Delaware Valley ran over three minutes off the clock before giving the ball back to the Mustangs on downs with 2:19 left, but another interception dashed any hopes of a Stevenson comeback.

  • The Stevenson defense recorded a takeaway for the 60th consecutive game.
  • Delaware Valley outgained Stevenson 278-238 on the day.
  • The Aggies held the ball for 32:36.
  • Lyles finished with six receptions for 70 yards.
  • Williams finished 9-12 passing for 75 yards, while Crabb was 7-12 for 112 yards.
  • Johnson carried 16 times for 62 yards.
  • Ribeiro averaged 43.5 yards on six punts, including a 62-yard punt.
  • Mike Datu led the Mustang defense with nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss.
  • Brian Latham and Ashton Leschke each had eight stops, while Izaiha Pitts had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks.
  • Darden was 11-18 for 125 yards through the air, while Donte Simmons carried 14 times for 94 yards for Delaware Valley.

  • Stevenson is home for the second straight Saturday, hosting Lebanon Valley on Saturday, October 6 for a 1:00 pm game at Mustang Stadium.