DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — After a late-season bye week, Delaware Valley College — ranked as high as ninth in the country in Division III — will be on the road Saturday for a critical Middle Atlantic Conference matchup with Lycoming.

Aggies head coach Jim Clements says his team cherished that week off.

“(The) bye came at a great spot for us, coming off a big homecoming win against Kings (54-13, on October 22nd), being able to rest some guys,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “And we’ve got some guys that are injured, so it helps.  If we had to play (last) Saturday, we probably would’ve been three players short.  So hopefully we can get these guys healthy and ready to play this weekend, up in Williamsport.”

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Del Val is 8-0, and 6-0 in the MAC.  Lycoming is 7-1 overall and a game back in the conference with a 5-1 MAC mark.

Clements says Lycoming is tough:

“They are a very well-coached team.  They play all three phases of the game very well.  Defensively: that’s probably the lynch pin of that machine up there, they are very, very good.”

Delaware Valley College can clinch at least a share of its fourth consecutive MAC championship with a win on Saturday.

But what do Aggies need to do to turn that trick?

“We are going to have to play well in all three phases,” Clements says.  “We’ve got to be great on third-down defense and third-down offense for sure.  They do a great job of getting teams to go three and out.”

Kickoff in Williamsport is set for 1:00pm on Saturday.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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