Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wilkes Football - Colonels Game Notes vs. Lebanon Valley

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Wilkes Colonels (0-1, 0-0) vs. Lebanon Valley (0-1, 0-0)
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Arnold Field

Wilkes University takes to the road in its 2016 MAC opener when the Colonels travel to Annville, Pa. to face Lebanon Valley College at 6:00 p.m. at Arnold Field. Both teams are entering the matchup coming off of season opening losses.

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.

Joe Buehler (LVC ’89) takes over as Lebanon Valley head coach in the fall of 2016 after 12 years as the program’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Buehler takes the reins from longtime head coach Jim Monos after playing and coaching for LVC’s all-time winningest coach. As the team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Buehler has helped lead the LVC football program to new heights. His lines have consistently been among the best in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), turning in some of the conference’s top-rated rushing offenses and sack protection numbers over the past few seasons. He also mentored all-American tackles Sean Tetreault ’10 and Jason Sneeringer ’11, and guard Brendan Kozub ‘14. The 2009 edition of the Dutchmen, which had a program-best 9-2 record, scored more points than any team in LVC history (349) and boasted two 900-yard rushers in Charlie Parker ’10 and Ben Guiles ’12.

This will be the 45th meeting between the schools as Wilkes leads the series 23-21. LVC has taken the last five contests including a 48-17 win in Edwardsville last season. The last Colonels win came in a 35-28 overtime decision in 2010 in Annville.

Wilkes host local rival Misericordia University next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on Family Day at the Ralston Athletic Complex. Wilkes fell for the first time against the Cougars last season and will look for revenge at home leading the all-time series 3-1.

Wilkes is 2-3 over the past five years in MAC openers including back-to-back seasons with wins against Delaware Valley (2015) and Misericordia (2014) under Trey Brown.

- The Wilkes passing game was on target throughout its season opener posting 306 yards yards through the air and two touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Dailey finished an efficient 27-for-42 passing for all 306 yards and the two scores. It marked the fourth time Dailey has thrown for more than 300 yards in the past two seasons.

- The Colonel rushing game struggled a bit against a stout Muhlenberg run defense garnering only 94 yards as a team. Jacob Brook went for 30 yards on nine carries including a one-yard touchdown run. Devon Fink finished with 31 yards on six carries while Paul Martin made the most of his three attempts posting 22 yards including a 16-yard scamper.

- Nine different Wilkes receivers caught passes led by William Deemer’s seven catches for 66 yards and one score. Aaron Coyne posted four receptions for 65 yards and grabbed one scoring catch. Zach Bogoly caught three passes for 58 yards including a 39-yard catch that led all Wilkes receivers in the game.

- The Wilkes offense averaged 400 yards of total offense and looks to continue the high-powered spread attack against an LVC defense that gave up 30 points in its season opening loss to Franklin & Marshall.

- Isaiah Robinson was all over the field to lead the Wilkes defense in the season opener finishing with 12 tackles and one pass breakup from his safety position.

- The Colonels will look to get to the LVC quarterback this week after only garnering one sack against Muhlenberg (Jordan Stiles).

- Marcellus Hayes enjoyed a big day on the backline for Wilkes posting six tackles (four solo) and a big interception, the first of his career.

-Brendon Irving, LVC’s top rusher, went for just 43 yards as Franklin & Marshall held the top threat on the ground. Irving went for 109 yards and one touchdown last year against the Wilkes defense in a road win.

- Tim Perrone was limited in the loss at F&M throwing for just 113 yards on 10-for-21 passing and no touchdowns. He was picked off once in the game. Perrone enjoyed a career day against the Colonels last season throwing for 160 yards on 15-of-24 passing and three touchdowns.

- LVC’s top outside threat is Travis Saylor who caught four passes for 29 yards in the Dutchmen’s first game of the year.

- Freshman Anthony Jenkins leads the LVC defense totaling seven tackles, all solo stops, and one sack from his safety position.

- As a team, LVC has posted three sacks as Jenkins, Tim Schumacher and Guy Zimmerman each have posted one takedown of the opposing quarterback.

-The Dutchmen defense has caused four fumbles recovering two for turnovers in the season opener.

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