Most of the MAC’s football teams are a few days into their offseason by now, and King’s players are likely still feeling good about their final game of the 2016 regular season — a 42-14 win over Wilkes to bring the Mayor’s Cup back to the Monarchs’ side of town. The game looked a lot closer on the field than on the scoreboard, with both offenses moving well but Wilkes falling short at the end of drives.
The teams’ rivalry game wasn’t the only matchup worth noting. Lebanon Valley closed its season with an upset, and Misericordia picked up its first win of the season to end the year on a high note. As a quick refresher, here’s how the regular season came to a closer over the weekend:
King’s 42, Wilkes 14
Delaware Valley 45, Widener 7
Stevenson 28, Lycoming 10
Albright 25, Lebanon Valley 28
FDU-Florham 36, Misericordia 40
Misericordia made some history on the way to its first and only victory of the season. Quarterback Jeff Krisiak — who slid into the starting role late in the season — set a Cougars all-time record with 284 passing yards in a 26-for-36 game with two touchdowns. His career-ending performance earned him the MAC’s Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Stevenson’s Ashton Leschke was named the Defensive Player of the Week after he helped deliver Stevenson its first MAC championship by tallying 13 tackles, two for loss.
Lebanon Valley’s Tyler Hodges got the nod as Special Teams Player of the Week with a pair of game-changing plays in his team’s upset of Albright. In addition, Hodges was selected to the D3Football.com Team of the Week. Hodges recovered a muffed punt that led to a touchdown and, at the buzzer, blocked Albright’s game-tying field goal attempt. More on each player of the week can be found here.
Three teams will continue to play football this year.
Stevenson (9-1, 8-1 MAC) won its first MAC championship in just its sixth season as a program. The Mustangs’ victory over Lycoming locked up an automatic qualifying bid for NCAA tournament; they’ll travel to Wesley to make their tournament debut on Saturday. The Wolverines are the NJAC’s automatic qualifier and are making their 12th straight tournament appearance; they reached the semifinals two years ago. Stevenson jumped from No. 24 to No. 21 in the AFCA’s Top 25 after the weekend, and from No. 23 to No. 20 in the D3Football.com’s rankings. Wesley went from No. 25 to 22 in the AFCA poll and from No. 20 to 18 in D3Football.com’s Top 25.
Despite its upset-loss at Lebanon Valley, Albright (7-3, 7-2 MAC) secured the top seed in the second annual Centennial-MAC Bowl Series on Saturday. The Lions tied Delaware Valley for second in the conference but beat the Aggies during the season. Now, they’ll take on Franklin & Marshall.
Delaware Valley (8-2, 7-2 MAC), meanwhile, will head to Muhlenberg to take on the 9-1 Mules. The two have played in both editions of the Bowl Series. Last year, Muhlenberg fell to Stevenson 14-9, and Delaware Valley defeated Moravian 20-16.
More information about the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series can be found here.