Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Delaware Valley University Press Release - Football at Wilkes Game Preview

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The 12th-ranked Delaware Valley University football team hits the road for the second week in a row as the Aggies travel to Edwardsville, Pennsylvania to meet Wilkes University on Friday, September 15. Kickoff at Schmidt Stadium for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) match-up is set for 7 p.m.

DelVal, which was ranked 20th to start the season, moved up eight spots after upending No. 11 Wesley College, 24-19, on August 31. Nine days later, the Aggies then held the number 12 position following a 34-3 triumph at Lycoming College to begin MAC play.

DelVal was simply dominant against Lycoming, especially on the defensive side of the ball as the unit held the Warriors to 82 yards on 47 plays, including just 13 yards on five rushes. They permitted just three first downs on the day while recording three sacks and forcing two turnovers. Meanwhile, the offense racked up 26 first downs and 477 total yards, including 301 yards on the ground. They also did not turn the ball over for the second straight game.

Offensively, the Aggies are averaging 29 points and 359.5 yards per game (200.5 avg rushing, 159 avg passing). Leading the group is junior Dashawn Darden (Norristown, PA/Cardinal O’Hara), who has started the last 18 games for DelVal. Darden has completed 30 of 53 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 46 yards and a score. He was 16-for-29 for 169 yards and two scores and also rushed for a touchdown at Lycoming.

Senior Devauntay Ellis (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) is a two-time, all-conference first-team honoree at tailback. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark by the end of the first quarter at Lycoming and finished the day with 172 yards and two trips to the end zone on 22 carries. For the year, Ellis has rushed the ball 37 times for 253 yards and the two scores.

Junior wideout Marquis Ellis (Owings Mills, MD/Franklin) is the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, he had four grabs for 54 yards and one score.

The Aggie defense, with nine starters back from last season including six who were all-MAC honorees, is allowing just 11 points and 233 yards (85 avg rushing, 148 avg passing) per contest. They also have caused five turnovers over the first games.

Senior linebacker Nick Wright (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) is the team’ leading tackler with 13 stops, including three against Lycoming. He had also had an interception in the contest. Wright opened the year with 10 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a safety, and a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Wesley.

Senior safety and preseason All-American Shawn Miller (Laurel, DE/Laurel) is right behind with 12 tackles. He had two stops last week.

Fellow senior Nicholas DiGati (Townsend, DE/Middletown) also has 12 tackles on the year. The linebacker had a team-high five stops at Lycoming.

Senior linebacker Michael Ockimey (Philadelphia, PA/Monsignor Bonner) had a big effort last week as he recorded three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He has eight tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the season. 


The Colonels opened the 2017 season with a 62-19 loss at Muhlenberg College on September 2. Seven days later, they suffered a 36-0 setback at home to MAC foe Lebanon Valley College.

Wilkes managed just 146 total yards (57 rushing, 89 passing) and turned the ball over five times against Lebanon Valley. For the year, the offense is averaging 9.5 points and 210.5 yards per contest. 

Sophomore quarterback Jose Tabora came out of the Lebanon Valley game midway through the first quarter and his status is unknown. He has completed 23 of 35 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns on the young season. Tabora is also the team’s leading rusher with 33 yards.

Freshman Wade Rippeon came in for Tabora and was 12-for-23 for 89 yards and two interceptions.

Senior tight end Garrett Armstrong is an all-MAC honoree who has caught 13 passes for 152 yards and one score this year. He had three grabs for 31 yards last week.

Defensively, the Colonels are permitting 49 points and 480.5 yards per game. Their leading tacklers are senior safety Jacob Brook and sophomore linebacker Bud Moyer. Brook has 22 tackles on the year, including 14 last week. Moyer also had 14 stops against Lebanon Valley, giving him 20 in two games. 

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