Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Delaware Valley Football - Aggies vs King's Football Game preview Release

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The Delaware Valley University football team, ranked 14th in Division III, will head on the road on Saturday, September 17 when the Aggies battle King’s College in a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) game. Kickoff at McCarthy Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.

(Please note: King’s stadium complex is a “No Pet Space” so please leave your pets at home if you are making the trip to Wilkes-Barre).

DelVal is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Aggies opened the season with a 21-14 triumph at seventh-ranked Wesley College on September 2 and followed a week later with a 49-7 home victory over Misericordia University.

The win over Misericordia saw the team jump out to a 42-0 halftime lead. The offense racked up 505 yards of total offense on 48 plays (10.5 avg), including 404 yards on just 29 plays in the first half. Meanwhile the defense permitted just 254 yards, including 103 by the first unit in the opening stanza.

Sophomore quarterback Dashawn Darden was nearly perfect against the Cougars as he completed 12 of 13 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns – all in the first half. In the process, he set the school’s single-game mark for completion percentage (92.3%). On the year, Darden is 28-for-39 for 491 yards and three touchdowns in the air while adding 30 yards and one score on the ground.

Fellow sophomore Eric Shorter had two touchdowns against Misericordia, including an 89-yard return of the opening kickoff. He was named the MAC Special Teams Player of the Week for that return as it was his second career score on a kickoff, setting a DelVal record. He is averaging 55.5 yards per return this season and has also caught six passes for 115 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Tyler Bing is tied with Shorter for the team lead in catches with six and they have gone for 65 yards. The wideout and 2015 all-MAC first-team honoree has also netted 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The DelVal rushing attack is paced by the tailback tandem of 2015 all-conference honorees Devauntay Ellis and Robert Cleveland as the two combined for 1,310 yards and six touchdowns last season. This year, Ellis, a junior, has carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards and one score. Cleveland, a senior, has 68 yards and one trip to the end zone on 18 attempts. Both of their touchdowns came against Misericordia. 

Junior safety Shawn Miller had an opening night to remember as he recorded a team-high 14 tackles (eight solo) and tied a school record with three interceptions in the win over Wesley. He was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the Team of the Week for that performance. Miller followed it up with two tackles in limited time against Misericordia.

Senior linebacker Frank Law and freshman safety Jarren McBryde have 13 tackles apiece with each recording 11 against Wesley and two against Misericordia.

Senior lineman Aric Boyes paces the squad with two sacks, both coming last week against Misericordia. He also has five tackles to his credit.


The Monarchs are 1-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play following Saturday’s 41-28 victory at Lycoming College. It was the program’s first-ever victory in Williamsport after losing their previous 11 meetings at David Person Field.

King’s, which opened the season with a 50-35 loss at Moravian College, trailed Lycoming by nine early in the second quarter before scoring 34 of the game’s final 46 points. The Monarchs notched 534 yards of total offense, including a school-record 423 in the air.

Junior quarterback Zach Whitehead has either broken or equaled four school passing records in the first two games of the season. He set marks for completions (40), pass attempts (63) against Moravian while also tying the mark for touchdowns in a game (4). Against Lycoming, Whitehead was 30-for-46 for a record 421 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for two scores. He was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts and his two-game totals now stand at 70-for-109 for 814 yards and five passing touchdowns as well as three rushing scores.

Whitehead’s favorite targets have been wideouts Tyler Marroni and Mike Palmer. Marroni, a junior, has 17 catches for 231 yards, including 10 grabs for 170 yards at Lycoming. Palmer, a senior, also has 17 receptions on the year and they have gone for 202 yards. He hauled in six passes for 82 yards last week.

Running backs Alvonte Thompson and Zack Funk have combined for 138 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Funk had 38 rushing yards and found the end zone three times on 14 carries at Lycoming.

Defensively, the Monarchs are allowing 39 points and 476.5 yards per game. The unit is being led by sophomore linebacker Bruce Damon, who has 28 tackles and four sacks through the first two contests. He racked up 16 tackles (11 solo) and three sacks in the win at Lycoming.

Fellow linebacker Bobby Russell is second on the team in tackles with 16 and the senior has King’s lone interception. He had seven stops last week.

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