Wednesday, September 14, 2016

King's Football - Monarchs Team to Make Home Opener Against 14th Ranked Delaware Valley

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WILKES-BARRE — The King's College football team will make its home debut on Saturday when the Monarchs host Middle Atlantic Conference power Delaware Valley University at 1:00 PM at McCarthy Stadium.  The game will also be the second MAC game of the season doe both squads.

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King's enters the game with a 1-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark after posting a 41-28 victory at Lycoming College last week. It was King's first-ever win at Lycoming since football started at King's in 1993. Delaware Valley, meanwhile, is ranked 14th nationally at 2-0 and 1-0 in the MAC after a 48-7 win over Misericordia a week ago.  The Aggies, however, own an impressive 21-14 road victory over another national power in Wesley College, which entered the season ranked seventh nationally in NCAA Division III.

The Monarchs have been successful using a new offense this season as King's has gone to a no-huddle attack. The results have been impressive as the Monarchs rank seventh national in passing yardage (407.0), the first time in program history that any King's team has been ranked in the top-ten in passing at any point of the season.
King's  defeated Lycoming on the road 41-28 for the Monarchs first-ever win in Williamsport. The Aggies earned a 49-7 home win over Misericordia.
This week-three matchup stands as a big early-season test for King's against one of the premier programs in the MAC. Over the last 13 years the Aggies have gone 117-32, won six MAC titles, and made six appearances in the NCAA Division III National Playoffs. Delaware Valley owns an impressive 21-14 win over Wesley College, ranked seventh at the start of the season. Delaware Valley was ranked 14th nationally entering last week's poll.
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This is the 30th meeting between the teams with Delaware Valley holding a 18-11 all-time advantage as well as a 15-8 lead since King's joined the MAC in 1993. Delaware Valley has won two of the last three meetings, including a 26-10 triumph last season in Doylestown. King's last beat the Aggies in 2013 with a 21-14 overtime triumph. The Monarchs' last home win against the Aggies was a 38-28 victory in 2001.

Last season Delaware Valley took a 14-10 lead into the halftime break, and then kept King's off the scoreboard in the second half en route to a 26-10 victory in Doylestown. Big plays were the key as Delaware Valley averaged 9.6 yards every play while amassing 479 yards of offense in the game. The Aggies had seven plays of 20 or more yards in the game.

Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his seventh season at King’s and owns a 18-44 career record. Delaware Valley Coach Duke Greco is in his third season and is currently 18-4 with the Aggies.

After two weeks the Monarchs are ranked first in the MAC in scoring (38.0 ppg), total yards (497.5), and in passing yards (407.0). King's is ranked eighth in rushing with 90.5 yards each game.

Junior quarterback Zach Whitehead has been solid thus far; completing 70-of-109 passes for 814 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. In just two contests this season he has set new single-game school-records in pass completions (40), pass attempts (63), and passing yards (421), while equaling the King's mark of single-game touchdown passes (4).

A veteran group of receivers have played an integral part of his success. Returning senior all-MAC receiver Mike Palmer has 17 catches for 202 yards while junior Tyler Marroni also has 17 for 231 yards. Junior Matt Demarco adds 10 for 95 yards while fellow junior Marquis Miller has eight catches for 69 yards. Nine different King's players have caught at least two passes.

In the backfield, senior Zack Funk has 54 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns while catching two passes for 10 yards. Freshman Alvonte Thompson has 84 yards on 18 attempts and has five receptions for 83 yards and one score. Whitehead has chipped in with 47 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, King's ranks ninth in the MAC in allowing 476.0 total yards per-game. The Monarchs are fifth against the run in yielding 170.0 yards and stand ninth against the pass at 306.5
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Leading the King's defense thus far is sophomore linebacker Bruce Damon who has team-high 28 tackles, including 19 solo stops, 4.0 tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks. Against Lycoming he posted career highs of 16 tackles and three sacks.  Senior linebacker Bobby Russell, a two-time All-MAC selection, follows with 16 tackles and an interception. Freshman safety Joe Davis has tallied 12 tackles with two pass break-ups. Junior linebacker Hassan Maxwell, junior safety Jake Manetti, and freshman cornerback Eli Vascos have 10 tackles apiece. Senior cornerback Tyler Mejasic has seven tackles while junior safety Ryan Minlionica, sophomore defensive end Chris DeGaetano, and sophomore linebacker C.J. Curry chip in with six stops each.

The Aggies ranks third in the MAC in scoring with 35.0 points per-game. Delaware Valley stands second in the MAC in total offense with 427.5 yards per-game.  A solid run-throw balance sees the Aggies rank second in MAC passing yards (257.0) and third in rushing (170.5).

Sophomore quarterback Dashawn Darden has been outstanding thus far, completing 71.8 (28-39) percent of his passes for 491 yards with three touchdowns. Darden is also a capable runner and has 30 yards with one touchdown on the ground. The Aggies also have a deep and athletic pool of running backs. Junior Devauntay Ellis tops the squad with 77 yards on 17 carries with one score while senior Robert Cleveland follows with 68 yards on 18 attempts. 

The receiving corp. is paced by sophomore Eric Shorter who has six catches for 115 yards and one touchdown. Senior Tyler Bing also has six catches for 65 yards but can also be seen carrying he ball out of the backfield. Senior James Cole, Jr. has made four catches for 86 yards while senior Michael Jenson also has four receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown. Junior David Claybrook chips in with four catches for 33 yards.

The Aggies stand first in MAC in scoring defense, allowing 10.5 points per-game.  Del-Val is third in total defense in yielding 329.5 yards per-game. The Aggies are fourth against the run (145.5 ypg) and fifth against the pass (184.0).  Heading the defense thus far is junior safety Shawn Miller who posts a team-high 16 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and three interceptions. Freshman safety Jarren McBryde and senior linebacker Frank Law follow with 13 tackles apiece. Junior linebackers T.J. Waters and Nicholas DiGati add 11 tackles each. After two games the Aggies have 17 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks

King's will celebrate its 2016 Homecoming when the Monarchs host Lebanon Valley College in a 1:00 p.m. MAC matchup at McCarthy Stadium.


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