DALLAS – Lycoming's offense got off to a slow start through the air.
So the Warriors chose a different approach and began to churn out yards on the ground.
That strategy grounded Misericordia, as Lycoming's front line opened hole after hole for Parker Showers to run to a career-high 188 yards in a 38-0 defeat of the Cougars on Saturday afternoon at Mangelsdorf Field.
With the victory, Lycoming ran its record to 8-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. The Warriors will finish second in the MAC to Widener. Misericordia concludes its inaugural season at 0-10.
I'm really proud of that group, said Lycoming coach Mike Clark of his offensive line. We actually had an offensive lineman out today with an injury and we've got four other guys playing through smaller injuries. They're a tough group that really gave our running backs a chance.
One of the best chances for the Warriors came late in the second quarter.
Facing second-and-5 near midfield, Showers turned a gaping hole in the right side of his line into a 48-yard dash down the sideline for a score. The play sent the senior back over the century mark with three minutes to go before the half.
It's always nice getting a good game but it's really a culmination of preparation throughout the week and the line executing, Showers said. The big run down the sideline, after I got to the sideline I told the linemen I didn't see anyone the final 20, 25 yards.
Showers' scoring run, combined with a 6-yard touchdown toss from Tyler Jenny to Jarrin Campman late in the first quarter and a 26-yard field goal from Zack Czap as time expired set Lycoming in front 17-0 at the half, not exactly an unpromising score for the Cougars.
I said to my coaches last night that I hope we could put together a performance similar to last week when the defense played hard throughout the entire game, Misericordia coach Mark Ross said. I was really pleased to see us battle in that first half. I think we have some good pieces in place for next season.
Misericordia, to its credit, continued with the same effort in the second half, but eventually was physically worn down by Lycoming's veteran and stronger line.
Offensively the Warriors attempted just nine passes in the second half as Showers continued to add to his total, utilizing his speed to get around the edge for positive yardage each time he had the ball.
Showers was joined out of the backfield by Craig Needhammer, who finished with 95 yards and two scoring runs sandwiched around a 2-yard plunge for six from Showers.
Lycoming 38, Misericordia 0
LC – Jarrin Campman 6 pass from Tyler Jenny (Zack Czap kick) :10
LC – Parker Showers 48 run (Czap kick) 3:00
LC – Czap 26 field goal :00
LC – Cragi Needhammer 2 run (Czap kick) 6:52
LC – Parker Showers 2 run (Czap kick) :53
LC – Needhammer 4 run (Czap kick) 6:51
|Rushes-yards||48-340||29 – (-15)|
RUSHING – LC: Showers 19-188, Needhammer 17-95, Jenny 6-37, Chris Nemits 3-16, Zach Klinger 1-2, Brian Campbell 2-2; MIS: Frank Santasiero 7-18, Robin Custodio 10-9, Juwan Petties Jackson 1-1, Cody Lamoreaux 7 – (-12), Michael Pheasant 4-(-31)
PASSING – LC: Jenny 16-26-1-164; MIS: Pheasant 5-11-0-84, Lamoreaux 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING – LC: Campman 8-76, John Sibel 4-31, Cam Kriner 2-28, Greg Kovacs 1-19, Brandon Blackiston 1-10; MIS: Tyler Rowe 2-64, Thomas Stelzer 2-13, Petties-Jackson 1-7