Mustangs Open MAC Play at Albright Saturday

Mustangs Open MAC Play at Albright Saturday

2018 Stevenson Football
Stevenson (1-1, 0-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
Albright (0-2, 0-0 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1 pm
Shirk Stadium (5,000) - Reading, Pa.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 57 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 33-13 (.717) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Senior quarterback Dan Williams is sixth among active Division III quarterbacks in passing yards (6,445), fifth in completions (548) and eighth in passing touchdowns (57).
  • 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 last six meetings between Stevenson and Albright have been decided by a touchdown or less, including last season's 26-23 Mustang win in Owings Mills.  The last meeting in Reading came in 2016, with Stevenson winning 31-26.
  • Through the first two games of the season the Mustangs are one of the least-penalized teams nationally.  The seven penalties called are tied for seventh, while with 35 yards, Stevenson is tied for third in that category.  Last week at Bridgewater Stevenson was flagged twice for 10 yards.
  • Stevenson is averaging 126.5 yards rushing in its first two games.  Last season the Mustangs averaged just over 97 yards per game on the ground.  Stevenson is third in the conference in rushing.
  • Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle won his 50th career game Saturday.  He is 41-35 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson leads the all-time series 4-3, and the last six games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less.  Last season, the Mustangs posted a 26-23 win on Homecoming at Mustang Stadium.  Stevenson trailed 16-12 entering the fourth quarter but touchdown passes of 45 and 61 yards from Dan Williams to Riley Hodge and Preston Addo put the Mustangs up 26-16 before Albright scored with 3:33 to go.  The Lions were driving again when a Brian Latham interception sealed the win for Stevenson, its second straight in the series.

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 14 tackles through the first two games, including three tackles for a loss in the season opener.  Datu missed all but two games of the 2017 season due to injury.

•  Dan Williams' rushing touchdown in the opener against Frostburg State was the second of his career.  He has thrown for 57 career scores.

•  Stevenson set records for points in a game (65) and margin of victory (58) in last season's 65-7 win over Misericordia.  The Mustangs scored at least 40 points three times last season.

•  Senior linebacker Ashton Leschke is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.  He is a biology major.

•  Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 64 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.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

•  Stevenson did not have a turnover in its 35-23 win at Bridgewater last Saturday.  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.

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 will be unveiled in September.

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.