KING'S FOOTBALL FALLS AT LEBANON VALLEY, 38-17
ANNVILLE – Brian Murphy completed 11-of-20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns to lead the host Lebanon Valley College football team to a 38-17 lead over visiting King's College Saturday in Annville.
With the win, Lebanon Valley improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the MAC while King's fell to 0-2 and 0-1 in MAC competition.
The Dutchmen were the first to score after taking over on a King's put at the LVC 41. On the third play of the drive, quarterback Brian Murphy rolled to his left and, with no receivers open, took off for a 22-yard gain to the King's 28. Austin Hartman then broke free to an 11-yard run to the King's 17 before Murphy hit Nate Myers for a first down at the six. Two plays later Hartman found the end zone with a one-yard touchdown carry. Sean Fakete made good on the point after to give the Dutchmen a 7-0 lead with 3:16 left in the first quarter.
King's had its best scoring chance of the half in the second quarter when the Monarchs took over at their own 40 following an LVC punt. Monarch quarterback Tyler Hartranft found Josh Sanders for22 yards at the Dutchmen 38. Two plays later the pair hooked up again for eight yards to the Lebanon Valley 30. On the next play McGrath burrowed forward for four yards and a first down at the Dutchmen 26. Two plays later Hartranft carried for nine yards to the 17.
On third down McGrath kept the drive alive with a two-yard pickup to give the Monarchs a first down at the 15. An incomplete pass was followed by a one-yard run to set up a third-and-nine from the Dutchmen 14. But Hartranft was pressured and forced to throw the ball away as the Monarchs would send in the field goal team. Kevin Mulvilhill, however, missed a 31-yard field goal to keep the Monarchs off the board with 8:52 left in the half.
On the ensuing LVC possession, Murphy found Joey Miller on second-down for 43 yards to the King's 37. An eight-yard run by Hartman was followed by a three-yard pass to Tyler George. On the next play Murphy connected with Darryl Sweeper for a 26-yard touchdown. Fakete converted the point-after as the Dutchmen built a 14-0 lead with 6:24 left in the opening half.
After a King's punt the Dutchmen took over at their own 41. Lebanon Valley used six plays before Murphy connected with Tyler George for 14 yard touchdown with 0:56 remaining in the first half. for a 21-0 lead.
On King's next possession the Monarchs unable to advance and took little time off the clock. King's was forced to punt and Lebanon Valley partially blocked the kick, taking over at the Monarch 35 with 0:17 on the clock. On the first play, Murphy scrambled to his left and found George in the end zone for a Dutchmen score with 0:07 left in the half. Fakete's kick pushed the score to 28-0 at the break.
After the teams traded punts on the first three possession of the third quarter, King's assumed possession at the LVC 49. After a first-down sack of Hartranft, the Monarch signal-caller came back the next play to find Kempa for 31 yards to the Lebanon Valley 25. After an incomplete pass McGrath carried for 11 yards to the Dutchmen 12. King's was then flagged for having too many players on the field, moving the ball back to the 17-yard line. The drive stalled but the Monarchs got on the scoreboard as Mulvihill made good on a 27-yard field goal with 6:40 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 28-3.
On the next possession, though, the Dutchmen answered immediately as Murphy hooked up with Jake Ziegler on second down for a 73-yard scoring strike. Fakete converted the extra-point kick as Lebanon Valley stretched the lead to 35-5 with 6:18 remaining in the third period.
Three possession later King's began to drive from its own 20. the Monarchs used nine plays to reach the Dutchmen 11-yard line before Hartranft capped the drive with an 11-yard scoring toss to Kempa. Mulvihill's point after brought the score to 35-10 with 13:31 left in the contest.
King's would attempt an onside kick and the Dutchmen recovered at the Monarch 47. The Dutchmen responded by driving to the King's 18 before settling for a Fakete 35-yard field goal to push the score to 38-10 with 9:36 to play.
King's got its last score after the Dutchmen had assumed possession at the Monarch 30 following a punt return. Lebanon Valley would drive to the King's one-yard line but on a fourth-and-goal play the Dutchmen fumbled. King's senior defensive end Ron Garrett scooped up the fumble and rumbled 95 yards for a touchdown. Mulvihill converted the point after to bring the score to 38-17 with 2:40 left in the game.
Joining Murphy as Lebanon Valley offensive leaders was George with four catches for 60 yards and two scores. Nate Myers added three receptions for 29 yards while Ziegler had 100 receiving yards on two catches. Hartman rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries and one score while Murphy chipped in with 42 rushing yards on five attempts.
For King's, Hartranft completed 12-of-33 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Kempa had nine catches for 114 yards and a score. King's tailback Kyle McGrath was held to 38 yards on 16 carries. Anthony Martuccio led King's defensively with seven tackles while Jake Ksiazkiewicz, Chad Curtice, and Nick Kaijala had six tackles apiece.
King's returns to the field Saturday when the Monarchs celebrate Homecoming with a 1:00 p.m. matchup against Albright College. Albright dropped a 20-17 decision to Delaware Valley College Saturday on a last second field goal.