Lycoming at Wilkes football preview

After an invigorating three-point win over Lebanon Valley on the day that the college saluted Coach Frank Girardi on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, Lycoming will look to even its record when it heads to Wilkes Saturday.

The Warriors (3-4, 2-4 MAC) built a three-touchdown lead in the first half before Lebanon Valley scored 24 in a row, setting up a game-winning touchdown by sophomore Nick Costello with 1:25 left.

The Colonels (1-6, 1-5 MAC) are coming off a 69-13 loss at Albright.

For Lycoming, senior Blake Bowman leads the MAC with 96.3 rushing yards and sophomore Nick Costello leads the conference with 83.1 receiving yards per game. Costello has more than 75 receiving yards in each of the last six games and a reception of 30 yards or longer in each of those games. Bowman needs one more rushing touchdown to become the second player in school history to post 30 in a career.

Lyco quarterback Chase Whiteman has engineered four second-half comebacks in his career, including the 75-yard fourth-quarter drive to help Lycoming overcome a three-point deficit to beat Lebanon Valley. He capped the drive with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Costello Earlier this year, he led the team to a 14-point fourth quarter that helped the Warriors overcome Misericordia, 28-24. Whiteman’s first career win came against Wilkes in 2015, and he threw two touchdown passes, one late in the third quarter and one early in the fourth to turn a 24-20 deficit to a 10-point lead en route to a 48-24 rout.

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