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WILLIAMSPORT — Playing against one of the top defenses in the country over the last few seasons was problematic for second-year program Misericordia on Saturday.

The Cougars, who piled up 1,076 total yards in their first two games, only managed 197 on the afternoon in a 52-14 loss to Lycoming.

Misericordia (0-3, 0-2 MAC), was in the game early.

After the Warriors (2-1, 2-0) took a 14-0 lead after their first two drives, they were threatening on their third possession of the game.

But that’s when Cougars’ defensive back Phil Arnold intercepted the pass from Lycoming QB Tyler Jenny and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown trimming the lead to 14-7.

Jenny, who had just one incompletion in a game against Wilkes a week earlier, missed just three passes on Saturday, including the interception.

But that was the lone highlight for Misericordia until the fourth quarter.

The Lycoming defense picked up three sacks, two interceptions, five tackles for a loss and held Misericordia’s Jeff Puckett, the MAC leading rusher to just 43 yards on the ground. The Cougars only managed 157 rushing yards after averaging 478.5 the first two games of the season.

Jenny threw a pair of TD passes with the first giving the Warriors a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lycoming tacked on three more scores in the second quarter opening up a 42-7 lead at halftime as Craig Needhammer (182 rushing yards) had two of his three TDs in the second period.

The Cougars’ other score of the game came in the fourth when backup quarterback Ryan Kurtz — the team’s leading rusher of the game with 48 yards — capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard running score.

Lycoming 52, Misericordia 14



First quarter

LYCO — Tyler Jenny 1 run (Zack Czap kick) 11:40

LYCO — Craig Needhammer 21 run (Zack Czao kick) 5:29

MIS —Phil Arnold 52 interception return (Patrick Newins kick) 3:53

LYCO —Matt Atkinson 7 pass from Tyler Jenny (Zack Czap kick) :51

Second quarter

LYCO — Craig Needhammer 23 run (Zack Czap kick) 11:59

LYCO —Matt Atkinson 43 pass from Tyler Jenny (Zack Czap kick) 3:26

LYCO — Craig Needhammer 36 run (Zack Czap kick) 2:32

Third quarter

LYCO — John Sibel 11 pass from Matt McGinley (Zack Czap kick) 10:24

Fourth quarter

LYCO — Zach Fannin 27 field goal 14:14

MIS —Ryan Kurtz 1 run (Patrick Newins kick) 10:01

Team statistics`MIS`LYCO

First downs`11`22


Passing yards`40`93

Total yards`197`528


Sacked-yards lost`3-11`1-9





RUSHING — MIS, Ryan Kurtz 13-48, Jeff Puckett 15-43, Frank Santarsiero 7-27, Carmine Verducci 2-26, Robin Custodio 4-10, Vince Grausso 2-3. LYCO, Craig Needhammer 16-182, Blake Bowman 18-83, Ethan Jeffries 3-35, Zach Cooney 5-17, Colton Turns 5-16, Nick Mongiello 1-10, Tyler Jenny 2-(minus-8).

PASSING — MIS, Jeff Puckett 4-11-2-29, Ryan Kurtz 1-1-0-11. LYCO, Tyler Jenny 9-12-1-179, Matt McGinley 2-2-0-14, N

RECEIVING — MIS, Dean Lucchesi 1-11, Chris Kirkland 1-8, Tyler Roew 1-8, Juwan Petties-Jackson 1-7, Kurt Kowalski 1-6. LYCO, Ryan Umpleby 4-66, Matt Atkinson 3-68, John Sibel 2-20, Corey Talerico 1-36, Pat Whalen 1-3, Craig Needhammer 0-0.

INTERCEPTIONS — MIS, Phil Arnold. LYCO, Tyler Denike, Ryan Mihoci

MISSED FGs — none

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