Mustangs Seek To Bounce Back Against Dutchmen

Mustangs Seek To Bounce Back Against Dutchmen

2018 Stevenson Football
Stevenson (3-2, 2-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
Lebanon Valley (0-4, 0-2 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 1 pm
Mustang Stadium (3,500) - Owings Mills, Md.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 60 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 35-14 (.714) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Senior quarterback Dan Williams is seventh among active Division III quarterbacks in passing yards (7,135), fifth in completions (607) and eighth in passing touchdowns (61).
  • The Mustangs have had the MAC Defensive Player of the Week in two of the last three 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.
  • Stevenson has scored on all 17 of its trips to the red zone this season, recording 12 touchdowns and two field goals.  The Mustangs are one of 10 teams in Division III who have scored on each trip inside the 20, and one of two that has played five games. 
  • The Stevenson kicking game has been perfect on field goals and extra points this season.  The Mustangs are 4-4 on field goal attempts and have converted all 18 PAT tries this season.
  • 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 43-36 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Lebanon Valley holds a slim 4-3 lead in the all-time series.  Last season, the Dutchmen snapped a three-game Mustang win streak in the series with a 31-24 win in Annville, Pa.  The last meeting at Mustang Stadium came in the 2016 campaign, with Stevenson winning 24-13.

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 43-8 .843 34-5 .872

2) Stevenson 35-14 .714 29-10 .744

3) Widener 33-16 .673 30-9 .769

4) Albright 32-18 .640 27-12 .692

5) Lycoming 22-23 .489 19-20 .487

6) King's (Pa.) 19-25 .432 17-21 .447

7) Lebanon Valley 17-27 .386 17-21 .447

8) FDU-Florham 12-33 .267 8-31 .205

9) Wilkes 9-36 .200 8-31 .205

10) Misericordia 7-37 .159 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.

•  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 67 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.

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 and Chaz Lyles each have two touchdown receptions.

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.  

RED ZONE SUCCESS

•  Through its first four games, the Mustangs have scored on all 17 trips to the red zone, recording 13 touchdowns and four field goals.  Stevenson is one of 10 teams nationally that have scored each time in the red zone, but Central (Iowa) is the only other one to have played five 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 four of the first five games, and has an average time of possession of 31:37.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson travels to Widener next Saturday before hosting Wilkes for Homecoming on Saturday, October 20.