Coming off its first win of the season, King's is looking to continue riding momentum this weekend when the Monarchs travel to Williamsport to take on MAC-leading Lycoming.
It's not going to be easy for King's (1-3 overall, 1-2 MAC) to notch its second straight victory for the first time in the Jeff Knarr coaching era, but they are ready to give it their best shot.
"We met the goals and did the things we had to do to win that game," Knarr said. "But now we have to put four quarters together and get off the bus right and build."
The Warriors (4-1, 3-0) have won big games in the conference after dropping their season opener. First, they beat defending MAC champion Delaware Valley by 10 points, then took care of Lebanon Valley and Albright. They haven't put up extraordinary numbers like some other teams in the conference, but they have been successful by playing smash-mouth football. Lycoming has run the ball an average of 40.5 times per game, picking up 145.2 yards per game on the ground. The team has two backs who see significant carries in Parker Showers and Craig Needhammer.
One thing working against the Monarchs is that linebacker Ryan Cordingly will miss his fourth straight game. Even though they won last week, Cordingly is a strong presence in the middle of the King's defense. Knarr is hoping his All-MAC 'backer returns in two weeks after next week's bye.
On paper, the Monarchs total offense and total defense ranks higher than the Warriors in both categories, but Knarr knows those numbers don't tell the whole story.
"What's skewed their offensive stats is that they've created turnovers and made some plays in the kick game," Knarr added. "When they have short drives, you're not going to pack on the stats from there."
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at David Person Field, Williamsport
Last Meeting: The Warriors won 42-12 last season.
Last week: King's picked up its first win of the season beating Misericordia 55-17, while Lycoming defeated Albright 29-14.
About the Monarchs: They are ranked eighth in the MAC in total offense with 299.0 per game and are third in the conference in total defense, giving up 316.5 yards per game.
About the Warriors: Their offense ranks ninth in the league in total offense with 292.5 yards per game and are fifth in the MAC in total defense, allowing an average of 355.5 per game.
King's will win if it can contain Lycoming receiver Jarrin Campman, who is having a stellar season so far with five touchdowns.
Lycoming will win if quarterback Tyler Jenny gets the ball to Campman, and the running game of Parker Showers and Craig Needhammer can break some big runs.
Monarch Team Leaders
Passing: Tyler Hartranft 41-of-88, 5 interceptions, 464 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: Kyle McGrath 84 carries, 475 yards, 4 TD
Receiving: Dan Kempa 8 receptions, 179 yards, 1 TD
Defense: Kris Matthews 30 tackles; Jake Ksiaszkiewicz 3 sacks; Evan Crisman 1 interception, TD
Warriors Team Leaders
Passing: Tyler Jenny 61-of-102, 2 interceptions, 582 yards, 5 TD
Rushing: Craig Needhammer 58 carries, 217 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Jarrin Campman 18 receptions, 178 yards, 5 TD
Defense: Kabongo Bukasa 32 tackles; Nate Oropollo 5 sacks; Tanner Troutman 3 interceptions