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Mustangs claim MAC Championship!

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Think about this for a second: seven years ago, the Stevenson football team only exsisted in the planning session. They weren’t even play yet. They didn’t even had a full roster yet. But this year, in the team’s sixth-ever season in existence, the Mustangs claimed their first-ever MAC football championship with a 28-10 victory over Lycoming on Saturday afternoon. The victory secured a berth into the 32-team NCAA Division III Football Championships. The field will be announced on Sunday.

Stevenson went into their final game of the regular season tied with Albright for the lead in the division with a 7-1 conference record, but held the head-to-head tiebreaker. That means the Mustangs controlled their own destiny against Warriors. They took care of their business, but with the Lions also falling at Lebanon Valley on Saturday as a last-second field goal attempt was blocked, the Mustangs won the out-right conference title.

After neither team scored in the first quarter, the Mustangs took a 14-0 lead in the second qusrter and controlled the game the rest of the way.

Devonte Williams rushed for 27 yards on a drive that extended into the second quarter and finished it with a touchdown to give the Mustang a lead. Daniel Williams then flipped the ball out to Preston Addo on the first lay of the next drive and he took it 80 yards for another quick score.

Just like that, Stevenson had a two touchdown lead over the Warriors.

Lycoming scored on their next drive after the Addo touchdown as quarterback Chase Whiteman completed all four of his passing attempts before running the ball into the endzone from five yards out to get his team on the board.

But Stevenson was able to keep their 14-7 lead at halftime. The Warriors cut into it a little bit with a 20-yard field goal, but Stevenson created some more distance with another touchdown on their ensuing drive when Daniel Williams completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Devin Salisbury.

There was plenty of time for Lycoming to put up some more points, but the Mustangs were able to shut them out the est of the way. Austin Tennessee ended the Warrior’s next possession early with an interception on a third down. Tennessee returned the ball 19 yards to start the Mustangs out on the short side of the field, and Stevenson capitalized with a one-yard touchdown run by Dontea Ayres.

Lycoming’s next two drives ended with failed fourth down conversions that gave Stevenson the ball back with the ability to wear down the clock both times. Lycoming’s final drive saw Colin Wright’s pass get intercepted by Mike Datu. Stevenson took three kneel downs to close out the game with the win.

Williams led the Mustangs with 108 yards and a rushing touchdown. Addo was Williams’ favorite target with 115 yards on four catches with a touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke has 13 tackles for the Mustangs and two tackles for a loss.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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