Saturday, November 12, 2016

Widener Football - The Pride Drops Keystone Cup Battle to Delaware Valley

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CHESTER, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2016) - The Widener University football team fell to Delaware Valley by a 45-7 decision in the annual Keystone Cup battle between the schools on Saturday afternoon at Leslie C. Quick Stadium.

Delaware Valley (8-2, MAC 7-2) got off to a quick start and never looked back. After freshman quarterback Sean McGaughey (New Market, Md.) was sacked by Marc Isaac and fumbled the ball on Widener’s first offensive play, Dashawn Darden scampered into the end zone just six seconds later on 1st-and-goal from the Widener nine-yard line to put the visitors ahead. The play also sparked a run in which the Aggies would score 45 unanswered points, which was capped by a 60-yard punt return by Mike Anusky who reached paydirt untouched with 13:50 remaining in regulation.

Widener was able to avoid being blanked when McGaughey found senior Blaine Price (Jefferson, Md.) in the end zone on a 4th-and-3 opportunity to conclude a 63-yard drive with 9:12 remaining in regulation. The Aggies, however, had the game in hand and would run down the clock over two more possessions to earn the convincing 38-point victory.

Quarterback Dashawn Darden led Delaware Valley’s offensive attack by producing big yardage in the air and on the ground. He finished with 128 yards passing and an additional 75 yards rushing while factoring into four of the Aggie touchdowns. TJ Waters led the Aggie defensive effort with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown to go along with three tackles and two pass breakups.

Widener, which was limited to six first downs and 113 yards of offense, got its most significant contributions from senior captain Steve Gozur (Hatfield, Pa.), Price and freshman Chris Randle (Lindenwood, N.J.). Gozur registered a game-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble, while Randle finished with 50 rushing yards and Price ended the game with four receptions totaling 31 yards.

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