Defense Stout, Offense Keeps Clicking in 39-15 Win

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University outgained King's (Pa.) College 547-269 and held its fourth straight opponent to 15 or fewer points as the Mustangs pulled away for a 39-15 Middle Atlantic Conference football victory Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • King's (4-3, 2-3 MAC) scored on a 65-yard pass play from Tyler Moore to Gabe Boccella to take a 7-0 lead with 9:36 to go in the first.
  • Stevenson (5-2, 4-1 MAC) needed just three plays to counter, with a 29-yard strike from Ryan Sedgwick to Keenan Franz at the 8:21 mark getting the Mustangs on the board.  The PAT try was blocked.
  • The three-play drive started with an 11-yard completion to Vincent Lee, followed by a 35-yard pass play to Chaz Lyles.
  • After the Monarchs went three-and-out on their next possession, Stevenson took over near midfield, and an eight-play, 37-yard drive ended with a 23-yard field goal by Brody Campbell to give the hosts a 9-7 lead with 2:38 left in the quarter.

  • Midway through the half, King's marched from its own 15 to the Stevenson 13 in seven plays, before a sack of Moore by Mario McIntyre pushed the Monarchs back to the 21.
  • After an incomplete pass, a 39-yard field goal attempt by the Monarchs was missed wide left, giving the Mustangs the ball with 3:24 left.
  • A 13-yard completion from Sedgwick to Vincent Lee capped a nine-play, 79-yard drive to give Stevenson its second touchdown with 1:21 remaining.
  • King's blocked the PAT try and a return by Jaret Horn gave the Monarchs two points, making it 15-9.
  • The guests ran four plays and moved 27 yards on their final drive, but a sack by Isaac Boyd dashed any hopes of a late score.

  • Stevenson went 67 yards on nine plays to open the second half, and a 25-yard field goal by Campbell made it 18-9 at the 11:36 mark.
  • After King's punted on its next drive and the Mustangs took over at the Monarch 39, a two-yard run by Saadiq Pitts extended the Stevenson lead to 25-9 with 8:27 on the clock.
  • The Monarchs engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive and a nine-yard pass from Moore to Joe Herman made it 25-15 after King's two-point try was unsuccessful.
  • On Stevenson's first-play of the ensuing drive, Chaz Lyles won a footrace with three King's defenders after a reception for an 87-yard completion that upped the lead to 32-15.

  • Stevenson's final scoring drive of the day began at the Mustang 45 with 8:27 remaining.
  • Facing 4th-and-13 at the King's 30, a 25-yard completion from Sedgwick to Deion Mason kept the drive alive and put the Mustangs on 1st-and-goal at the 5.
  • A five-yard rush by Pitts with 5:05 on the clock upped the Mustang advantage to 39-15.

  • Stevenson improved to 5-0 when outgaining its opponent this season.
  • Sedgwick finished 23-38 passing for 395 yards passing and three touchdowns.  His 395 yards are the fourth-highest single-game passing total in program history, one week after he threw for 425 yards, the second-highest total in the Mustang record books.
  • Lyles finished with six catches for 185 yards, the third-highest single-game receiving total in program history.  His 87-yard reception was a career-long.
  • The 87-yard pass play is the second-longest in program history, behind a 90-yard completion from Dan Williams to Devin Salisbury at Wilkes in 2017.
  • Lee had a team-best seven catches for 53 yards, while Franz also had six catches for 99 yards.
  • Pitts carried 20 times for 120 yards and two scores, and also had four receptions for 62 yards.
  • The Mustang defense held King's to -7 yards rushing on the day.
  • McIntyre finished with three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, including one sack.
  • Boyd matched a program record with a pair of sacks and had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards.
  • Ryan Schoppert had a team-high seven tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.
  • Marvin Manassa finished with three pass breakups.
  • The Mustangs held the ball for 11:13 in the fourth quarter and 32:01 for the game, winning the time of possession battle for the sixth time in seven outings.
  • Stevenson has held each of its opponents to 15 or fewer points during its four-game win streak and allowed 47 points over that span (11.8 ppg).
  • The Mustangs have won their last six meetings with King's and lead the all-time series 6-3.

  • Stevenson hits the road for the first time in over a month next Saturday, traveling to Lebanon Valley for a 1 pm MAC contest.
  • The Mustangs are back at Mustang Stadium on Saturday, November 16, hosting Lycoming in a noon kickoff in the regular season finale.