No. 12/14 Stevenson (8-0, 7-0 MAC) vs.
Wilkes (2-6, 2-5 MAC)
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Mustang Stadium (3,500) - Owings Mills, Md.
- The Mustangs have been ranked since week two this season and reached their highest ranking in the D3football.com (14) and AFCA (12) rankings last week, and continue to sit there this week. 2016 is the first season Stevenson has been ranked.
- Stevenson is second in Division III in interceptions with 19 through eight games. Last season the Mustangs led the Division with 29 picks in 11 games.
- The Mustangs are one of just 15 unbeaten teams remaining nationwide. One team is 9-0, 12 are 8-0, one is 7-0 and one is 6-0.
- With a win Saturday, the Mustangs at least a share of the Middle Atlantic Conference title and wrap up the NCAA automatic berth from the MAC.
- The Mustangs have given up 11.7 ppg in the last six contests with two shutouts.
- At 8-0, Stevenson is off to its best-ever start.
- Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 41 straight games and had at least one interception in 23 straight contests.
- Stevenson's 10-game win streak is tied for third-longest in the nation.
• Wilkes owns a 3-2 lead in the series, but the Mustangs have taken the last two meetings. Last season the Mustangs posted a 31-14 win in Wilkes-Barre.
MUSTANGS DEFENSE AMONGST NATIONAL LEADERS
• Stevenson led Division III in 2015 in turnovers (40), interceptions (29) and turnover margin (+1.91 per game). The Mustangs also ranked No. 21 in scoring defense and No. 22 in total defense. This season, the Mustangs rank second in interceptions with 19, while ranking No. 4 in pass efficiency defense (89.93). Stevenson also ranks No. 7 in turnover margin (+1.63), No. 16 in turnovers gained (23) and No. 25 in scoring defense (15.4).
OTHER STATISTICAL LEADERS
• As a team, Stevenson ranks No. 23 in third down conversions, convering at a 46.2% clip.. Individually, senior Billy Lewis is fourth in interceptions with six in eight games. Junior Dan Williams is No. 14 in pass competion percentage (.659). Junior Preston Addo is ninth in punt return average, as he is averaging 15.9 yards per punt return. Addo's eight receiving TDs are No. 35, while Jainard Crawley-Lambert's nine rushing touchdowns are 44th overall.
• Stevenson opened the season with six interceptions in its win over North Carolina Wesleyan, a program record. Billy Lewis finished with three interceptions, including a 38-yard return for a touchdown, while Cory Pietrzyk had two interceptions. Austin Tennessee recorded the other INT. The Mustangs have five pick sixes in 2016, with their five defensive touchdowns good for fourth nationally.
STEVENSON QUICK HITS
• Senior Tim Sternfeld finished fourth in Division III in 2015 with an 85.7 field goal percentage. He converted on 12-of-14 tries last season. He is 30-for-36 in his career.
• The Mustangs were picked third in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August. Stevenson was selected behind Delaware Valley and defending league champion Albright.
• Stevenson posted its third shutout in program history with a 48-0 win over Misericordia on October 1, then followed up with a 19-0 blanking of then-No. 25 Delaware Valley on October 22. The other two shutouts came in 2014. The 48-point margin of victory is the second-largest in program history.
• The Mustangs are ranked No. 32 nationally and lead the MAC with their 38.0 ppg average.
• Dan Williams has not been intercepted in his last 78 pass attempts dating back to the Misericordia game.
• Sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke was named CoSIDA Academic All-District on Thursday. He is a biology major
TENNESSEE GARNERING PRESEASON ATTENTION
• Senior defensive back Austin Tennessee was named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America team as a Second Team selection. Last season he had six interceptions and 12 pass breakups and a pair of blocked kicks. He is a two-time First Team All-MAC selection as well as a two-time D3football.com All-Region choice. This season he is a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week.