Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wilkes Football - Colonels Game Notes vs. Widener

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Wilkes University takes to the road for the second time this season traveling to Chester, Pa. to face Widener University in a MAC matchup at 1:00 p.m. Wilkes is coming off its first win of the 2016 season, a 46-23 victory over local rival Misericordia. Widener posted its first victory with a 40-7 win at FDU-Florham last week.

Colonels coach Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) enters his third year at the helm of the program in 2016. In just two years, Brown has coached fifteen Colonels who earned All-MAC honors including first team tight end Jeremy Hartman in 2014 and Jason Ugwu in 2015. Under Brown’s guidance, the Colonels offense ranked in the top five in several offensive statistical categories including passing yards and plays per-game. In a game at Delaware Valley in 2014, the Wilkes offense ran 113 plays, a Division III regulation game record. Brown came to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams’ coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team.

Mike Kelly (Bluffton ‘80) is entering his third season as Widener’s head football coach. He brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the university. The 2014 season was one for the record books, as Kelly became the first coach in program history to finish his first regular season undefeated (10-0). Kelly improved the unbeaten mark by extending his winning streak to 12 straight games by earning two NCAA postseason victories before eventually falling in the “Elite Eight” to end the season with a 12-1 ledger. For his efforts, Kelly was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year as well as the ECAC Division III South Co-Coach of the Year.

This will be the 32nd meeting between the two schools as Widener holds a 19-11-1 advantage in the series. Widener posted a 27-7 victory in Edwardsville last season.

Wilkes returns home next Saturday for Homecoming 2016 as the Colonels host FDU-Florham for a 1:00 p.m. matchup at Schmidt Stadium.

- Quarterback Ryan Dailey enjoyed the best day of his season against Misericordia last week throwing for 328 yards on 22-for-30 passing and three touchdowns. For the season Dailey totals 725 yards on 60-for-92 passing with six touchdowns avergaing over 241.6 yards per-game through the air ranking second in the MAC.
- Dailey’s top target has been William Deemer who was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after a breakout performance against Misericordia last week. Deemer caught nine passes for 168 yards and two scores in the home win. For the season, Deemer leads a deep and talented receiving core posting 18 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks third in the MAC with 83.3 yards per-game receiving.

- The Colonel rushing game got back on track in the home win last week as Wilkes totaled a season-best 230 yards and one score on the ground. The offense also moved the chains early and often in the victory garnering 32 total first downs in the contest, keeping the defense fresh.

-  Wilkes sits in the top five in the MAC in several statistical categories on offense including total offense (423 ypg/2nd), rushing (171.3 ypg/3rd) and passing  251.7 ypg/4th)

- Tanner Stengel remains one of the best tacklers in the MAC standing third in the conference with 29 total stops including 16 solo. Stengel is averaging just under ten tackles per-game (9.7) and continues to climb the all-time tackles list in the school’s history.

- The Colonel secondary has been strong and has anchored the backline with senior corners Marcellus Hayes and Ondre Roberts and safety Isaiah Robinson. The trio have combined for 56 tackles and eight pass breakups. Robinson and Hayes also have one interception each with Robinson returning his pick for a touchdown against Misericordia last week.

- As a unit, Wilkes is allowing 196.3 yards per-game on the ground (7th in MAC) while giving up 195.0 yards per-game through the air (5th in the MAC).

- The Widener offense is averaging 27.0 points per-game ranking fifth in the MAC in rushing (158.0) and sixth in the MAC in passing (223.0). Quarterback Alex Krivda has thrown for 450 yards on 41-for-73 passing and one touchdown.

- Donte Harrell is the Pride’s leading rusher totaling 124 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.

- Widener features two receivers with 100-plus yards including Montrell H-tayl and Haydn Warren. H-Tayl has posted eight receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown while Warren totals 10 catches for 119 yards.

- Linebacker Steve Gozur tops the Widener defense posting 14 tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack. Casey Kerschner follows with nine tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack.  As a team, Widener has sacked the opposing quarterback 7.5 times this season for 42 yards (3rd in the MAC).

- The Pride defensive unit ranks second in the MAC in total defense allowing opponents just 291 total yards per-game through its 1-1 start to 2016.

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