WILLIAMSPORT — Prior to Saturday’s game against Lycoming, Wilkes coach Frank Sheptock praised the play of Warriors quarterback Tyler Jenny.
The junior signal caller showed on Saturday why the veteran coach had so many good things to say.
Jenny went 20 of 21 for 305 yards and three touchdown passes leading Lycoming to a 34-18 victory over the Colonels in the MAC opener for both squads.
The game started off good for Wilkes (1-1, 0-1 MAC) as the defense forced its first of four turnovers on Lycoming’s opening drive when Jenny was sacked and the fumble was recovered by the Colonels. That turned into a 27-yard field goal by Jordan Fredo and a 3-0 lead with 10:16 left in the first quarter.
But that was the last the Colonels scored for a while as the Warriors (1-1, 1-0) scored the next 34 points to open a commanding lead. After Jenny’s first TD pass gave Lycoming a 7-3 lead, Craig Needhammer (130 rushing yards) had a 1-yard run in the second quarter putting the Warriors ahead 14-3 at halftime.
Jenny capped the Warriors’ first drive of the second half with his second TD strike. Wilkes started to move the ball on its next drive, going 78 yards before QB Tyler Bernsten was picked off by A.J. Arhontakis and returned for a 91-yard touchdown.
Jenny’s final scoring strike came later in the third putting the game out of reach.
Wilkes got its first TD of the game in the fourth when Bernsten connected with Ryan Casey for a 26-yard strike trimming the deficit to 34-10.
With the Warriors driving deep in Wilkes territory, the Colonels defense came through in the fourth when Jenny fumbled again. This time Marcus Leaf returned it 93 yards for a Wilkes TD and a two-point conversion to close the game’s scoring.
Lycoming 34, Wilkes 18
WILKES —Jordan Fredo 27 field goal10:16
LYCO — Matt Atkinson 11 pass from Tyler Jenny (Zack Czap kick) 3:19
LYCO — Craig Needhammer 1 run (Czap kick) 6:08
LYCO — Atkinson 13 pass from Jenny (Czap kick) 12:23
LYCO — A.J. Arhontakis 91 interception return (kick failed) 10:27
LYCO — Ryan Umpleby 38 pass from Jenny (Czap kick) 3:48
WILKES — Ryan Casey 26 pass from Tyler Bernsten (Jordan Fredo kick) 14:54
WILKES — Marcus Leaf 93 fumble return (P.J. Incremona run) 2:32
RUSHING — WILKES, Tyler Bernsten 10-36, Calvin Garvin 12-34, Pat Inguilli 9-33, Adrian Krall 1-3, Paul Martin 3-3, Ryan Behrmann 1-(minus-2). LYCO, Craig Needhammer 27-130, Matt Atkinson 2-24, Tyler Jenny 5-12, Blake Bowman 4-2, TEAM 3-(minus-14).
PASSING — WILKES, Tyler Bernsten 11-27-1-152. LYCO, Tyler Jenny 20-21-0-305.
RECEIVING — WILKES, Ryan Casey 5-91, David Claybrook 4-43, Alex George 1-12, Ryan Behrmann 1-6, Nick Dawson 0-0. LYCO, Matt Atkinson 5-91, Ryan Umpleby 5-115, John Sibel 3-37, Greg Kovacs, Jeremy Rosborough 1-17, Nick Mongiello 1-17, Corey Talerico 1-9, Tyler Botchie 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS — WILKES, none. LYCO, C.J. Arhontakis.
MISSED FGs — none