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No. 14 Mustangs shutout No. 24 DelVal, 19-0

By: Dayne Turner

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They still control the MAC and still control their own destiny. That’s the luxury the No. 14 Stevenson football team has afforded themselves as they remain unbeaten through seven games – the best start in program history – with a 19-0 shutout victory over No. 24 Delaware Valley on Saturday in Ownings Mills.

The Mustangs improved to 6-0 in conference play with three games remaining, the last remaining unbeaten team in MAC.

With a harsh wind changing the game and the ability for both teams to throw the ball, the Mustangs were able to adapt. The Aggies were not against the Stevenson defense. Coming into the game the Aggies were averaging 39.2 points and 429.2 yards per game. Stevenson held them to only 114 total yards of offense. Outside Deshawn Darden, who had 52 of those yards, the Aggies had trouble moving down the field.

The Mustangs had their trouble moving the ball two, totaling only 192 yards of offense – well below their 387 yards average. But Dan Williams came through when his team needed him to with 112 yards and two touchdowns passing.

He led Stevenson to a touchdown in the first quarter, taking advantage of one of three Aggies turnovers forced by the Stevenson defense. Brendan Flaherty forced a fumble and Autin Myers recovered it t the 15. It was the 40th-straight game in which Stevenson forced a turnover.

Just one play later, Williams hit Preston Addo to give Stevenson a 6-0 lead. Th extra point by Tim Sternfield was missed.

The Aggies second turnover was in the second quarter when Jimmy Lauer picked Darden off and returned it the length of the field for a touchdowns. Stevenson failed the two-point conversation, but maintained the 12-0 lead.

Stevenson continued to move the ball slowly, but effectively late in the third, entering the fourth as they built their lead. Williams found Daquan Ellison on a six-yard touchdown pass. That capped a 10-play, 40-yard drive that took 6:39 off the clock. Stevenson held the ball for over 34 minutes in the game.

Delaware Valley were held to to seven three-and-outs, turned the ball over once and had three drives end early with turnovers.

The Mustangs will return to action next Saturday on the road against King’s College at 1 pm. They will return home against Wilkes on November 5.

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