No. 20 Aggies Slow Mustangs in MAC Opener

No. 20 Aggies Slow Mustangs in MAC Opener

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - In a meeting of the top two teams in the Middle Atlantic Conference football preseason poll, No. 20 Delaware Valley scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:56 remaining to post a 28-21 win over Stevenson Saturday afternoon at Lipinski Field.

  • DelVal (2-1, 1-0) went 72 yards on the opening drive, and a 47-yard pass play with 12:04 on the clock gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.
  • After Stevenson (1-2, 0-1) went three-and-out, a 41-yard punt to the Aggie 22 was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Tahmir Barksdale for a 14-0 lead.
  • The Mustangs answered with an eight-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 28-yard completion from Ryan Sedgwick to Chaz Lyles to halve the lead with 5:41 on the clock.

  • Starting on its own 31 with 11:15 left, Stevenson worked its way down to the DelVal 15, but after a penalty and a sack forced it back to the 33, Kevin Sheehan's 30-yard punt pinned the Aggies at their own 3.
  • Delaware Valley worked its way down to the Stevenson 9, but a fumble forced by Hanif Jones was picked up by Kobe Bolanos with just under a minute left to halt the drive.

  • After each team had a failed drive, the Mustangs took over at the Aggie 36 following a 13-yard return from midfield by Justin Rutkowski.
  • A three-yard pass from Sedgwick to Seth Diorio capped an eight-play drive and tied the game 14-14 with 3:52 left in the third.
  • DelVal returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to the Stevenson 30, and six plays later, a six-yard run by Anthony Fontana put the hosts back on top at the 1:09 mark.

  • After being forced to punt on fourth-and-6 at the DelVal 39, Stevenson took advantage of a fumble by Barksdale on the return, with Izaiha Pitts recovering on the Aggie 17.
  • On third-and-goal from the 4, Sedgwick's third TD toss of the day, this one to Vincent Lee, tied things with 9:17 to go.
  • On third-and-5 from the DelVal 32, Fontana threw a 68-yard strike to Aaron Nelson to put the Aggies back on top with 7:56 left.
  • Stevenson got down to the enemy 21 on its next drive, but back-to-back sacks pushed the Mustangs back to the 38, forcing the guests to punt and give it back with 2:21 left.
  • The Mustangs called their final two timeouts and got the ball back on their own 34 with 1:15 left, but were unable to do anything with their final drive.

  • Delaware Valley outgained Stevenson 304-249 on the afternoon.
  • Sedgwick finished 21-33 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Lyles finished with nine catches for 107 yards, while Keenan Franz had four grabs and Lee and Cory Jones three apiece.
  • Kevin Joppy carried 19 times for 70 yards.
  • Hanif Jones and Bolanos each had six tackles, with Jones finishing with 1.5 tackles for a loss of six yards.
  • The Aggie defense registered eight sacks on the afternoon.
  • Stevenson held the ball for just over 38 minutes.

  • Stevenson is back on the road next Saturday, September 28, traveling to FDU-Florham for a noon Middle Atlantic Conference contest.
  • The Mustangs return home on Saturday, October 5, hosting Widener at 1 pm at Mustang Stadium.