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2019 Stevenson Football - Week 3 Mustangs (1-1, 0-0) at No. 20 Delaware Valley (1-1, 0-0), Saturday, September 21 - 1 pm

SCOUTING STEVENSON

Stevenson finished with a 1-1 slate in its two non-conference games after falling to Bridgewater (Va.) 37-22 last Saturday. The Mustangs trailed 23-0 at halftime but pulled within one score, 30-22, in the fourth quarter. In its season opener Stevenson blanked Curry 34-0.

SCOUTING DELAWARE VALLEY

The Aggies, who check in at No. 20 in this week's D3football.com Top 25, fell to Wesley 24-18 in four overtimes in a game that was 3-3 at the end of regulation. DelVal, the MAC champion in each of the past two seasons, downed Kean 37-7 in its season opener.

QUICK HITS

  • Stevenson saw a string of 67 games with at least one takeaway snapped against Bridgewater last Saturday night. Prior to that game, the last game without a takeaway was November 3, 2012 at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson has made five straight postseason appearances, including an NCAA trip in 2016. Last season the Mustangs qualified for the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series, facing Susquehanna.
  • Senior Chaz Lyles fourth in program history with 83 career receptions. He had eight catches in the season opener at Curry last week.
  • The season-opening 34-0 shutout at Curry was the fifth in program history and the second in the last three games dating back to last season. The Mustangs blanked FDU-Florham 34-0 in last year’s regular season finale.
  • Stevenson won its season opener for the first time since 2016 and is 5-4 all-time in season openers.
  • Stevenson is 41-16 (.719) since the start of the 2014 season. The Mustangs are the second-winningest program in the Middle Atlantic Conference over that span, trailing only Delaware Valley.
  • A win Saturday would be the 50th win in program history for the Mustang program that started in 2011. It will also be head coach Ed Hottle’s 50th win as head coach at Stevenson.
  • Stevenson has won seven straight regular season road contests dating back to 2017.
  • The Mustangs were picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August behind Delaware Valley. The Mustangs earned two place votes, while the Aggies garnered nine. Lycoming, Widener and Misericordia rounded out the top five.
  • Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 75 contests and has only played in two in its history. The last OT game came on September 8, 2012, a 29-22 loss to Albright.
  • The Mustangs have never been shut out in 87 games in program history.

SERIES HISTORY

Delaware Valley leads the all-time series 7-1, including a 27-7 win in Doylestown, Pa. in 2017. Last season, the Mustangs led 17-0 in the first quarter after taking advantage of a pair of Aggie fumbles, but DelVal outscored Stevenson 17-3 in the second half to prevail 31-20.

NEAR THE TOP

Since the start of the 2014 season, Stevenson is the second winningest program in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Mustangs have compiled a .719 winning percentage overall (41-16), trailing only Delaware Valley (49-10, .831)

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

On September 14 against Bridgewater, Stevenson did not force a turnover. It snapped a string of 67 games dating back to November 3, 2012 in which the Mustangs had had at least one takeaway.

MOVING UP THE RANKS

Senior Chaz Lyles moved into sole possession of fourth place in program history last week with three catches against Bridgewater. Lyles now has 83 receptions. Sitting third on the list is Jeromie Miller who had 125 career catches.

ROAD WARRIORS

For the second time in three seasons, Stevenson finished the regular season 5-0 on the road in 2018. In 2016 the Mustangs were 5-0 on the road during the regular season, but dropped their NCAA game at Wesley, while last season they dropped a Centennial-MAC Bowl Series game at Susquehanna. Since 2015, Stevenson is 18-6 (.750) in road games. The Mustangs have won seven straight regular season road contests.

AVOIDING PICKS

Sophomore Ryan Sedgwick, in his first season in a Mustang uniform, has not thrown an interception in the first two games of the season, going 35-55 with three touchdowns.

CAREER DAY FOR FRANZ

After having nine catches for 116 yards in his first 16 games as a Mustang, senior Keenan Franz had a breakout game against Bridgewater on September 14. Franz caught 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, hauling in touchdown grabs of nine and 24 yards. He also had a two-point conversion reception.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

The Mustangs are 10-0 since the start of the 2015 season when they do not commit a turnover, going 2-0 last season and in 2017 and 3-0 in both 2015 and 2016.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Mustangs head to FDU-Florham next week before kicking off a three-game homestand against Widener on October 5.