Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Monarchs Ready for Top Seated Lions of Reading, PA

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Story Courtesy of King's College Office of Sports Information
WILKES-BARRE — The King’s College football team will return to the field on Saturday when the Monarchs host Middle Atlantic Conference co-leader Albright College at 1:00 PM at McCarthy Stadium. It will be King’s last home game until October 28.

King’s (2-2, 1-2 MAC) has been involved in games decided in the last minute each of the last two weeks. The Monarchs defeated Lebanon Valley on September 16 with a 44-39 victory on a touchdown with 0:25 left. Last week the Monarchs came out on the short end of a last minute win when Lycoming rallied for a 44-41 victory on a touchdown with 0:42.

Factor in King’s 30-27 season-opening win over Moravian in a game the Monarchs won on a field goal with 1:37 left, then sealed the game with an intercpetion with 0:51 on the clock, and King’s has been involved in games not decided until less than a minute remained in three of their four games.

Albright has played its fair share of close games as well with three of their four wins coming by margins of four points or less.

Ticket prices are set at $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, $2 for non-King’s students. Children under age-six are admitted free.

Today’s game pits the King’s Monarchs against Middle Atlantic Conference co-leader Albright College. Albright and Delaware Valley remain the only unbeaten teams in the MAC with identical records of 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the MAC.

This is the 23rd meeting between the teams with Albright holding a 16-5-1 advantage. The Lions have won the last 10 meetings between the teams with King’s last victory coming in the 2006 (38-14) season.

Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his eighth season at King’s and owns a 24-50 career record. Albright coach John Marzka is in his 11th year with the Lions and owns a 81-33 record.

Albright opened a 17-0 halftime lead, en route to a 27-7 victory in Reading, holding the Monarchs to 234 yards of total offense in the game.

The Monarchs enter Saturday’s game ranked first in the MAC in scoring with 31.0 points per-game. King’s is second in total offense, averaging 431.0 yards per-game. The Monarchs are second in MAC passing yards with 294.5 per-game and are fourth in rushing with 136.5 yards each contest. Senior quarterback Zach Whitehead has completed 105-of-169 passes for 1,166 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 264 yards on 78 carries with eight more touchdowns.

Junior running back Jordan Downes has 187 yards on 50 carries with one score while adding eight receptions out of the backfield for 51 yards. Junior Titus Nelson has 82 rushing yards on 25 carries while making two catches for 81 yards and one score. The receivers are paced by senior Marquis Miller with 29 catches for 224 yards while fellow senior Tyler Marroni follows with 28 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Senior H-back Trey Campbell has posted 20 receptions for 222 yards and four touchdowns while senior receiver Corey Flynn has caught 11 passes for 127 yards.


The Lions are third in MAC scoring with 29.5 points per-game. Albright stands third in MAC total offense, averaging 365.8 yards of total offense per-game. The Lions are fifth with 108.3 rushing yards and are fifth with 257.5 passing yards. Senior quarterback Alec Vignola has completed 89-of-143 passes for 974 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also rushed for 105 yards on 33 carries. Senior wide receiver Malik Jackson tops the squad with 22 catches for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Six-foot-four sophomore Michael Jordan follows with 18 receptions for 223 yards and six scores.

Senior tight end Milton Cordero also adds 18 catches for 202 yards while junior receiver Kyle Dickerson has hauled in 16 passes for 145 yards. Sophomore running back Nigel Sealey tops the squad with 119 rushing yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns while senior running back Chris Dawson has 115 yards on 31 attempts. Sophomore Walter Lewis chips in with 100 yards on 14 carries. Junior kicker Kevin Goetz is an offensive weapon with 13 field goals the last two years, including three this season with a long of 47 yards.


King’s entered the week ranked seventh in MAC scoring defense, allowing an average of 37.0 points per-game. The Monarchs are sixth in total defense in yielding 406.5 yards of total offense per-game. King’s is fifth in rushing defense in allowing 133.3 yards each game while standing ninth in passing defense at 273.3 yards. Senior linebacker Jake Manetti shares the team lead with 27 tackles, including 9.0 tackles for losses of 24 yards. Senior linebacker Bruce Damon also has 27 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Trevor Hill follows with 18 tackles and an interception. Freshman linebacker Mando Sallavanti contributes 23 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss while sophomore safety Trevor Hill has 23 tackles with two interceptions.

Sophomore cornerback Eli Vascos has registered 20 tackles with an interception while senior linebacker Hassan Maxwell has tallied 18 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Senior nose-guard Chris DeGaetano, senior cornerback Justin Foster, and senior defensive end Jacoby Foresman chip in with 15, 14, and 13 tackles respectively.

The Albright defense stands third in MAC scoring defense, allowing 19.0 points per-game. The Lions are third in total defense in yielding 295.5 total yards per-game. Albright is third in passing defense in permitting 169.0 yards each contest while ranking fourth against the run in giving up 126.5 yards per-game. Senior linebacker Grant Boehler tops the unit with 35 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Junior defensive tackle David Sanchez follows with 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Senior defensive end Enosh Motachwa adds 18 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss while senior safety Kali Boyce has also posted 18 tackles with two interceptions. Senior defensive end Isaiah Baylor and sophomore linebacker Trevan Harris-Dorman chip in with 14 tackles apiece

King’s will take to the road next Saturday with a 1:00 PM game at local rival Misericordia University at Mangelsdorf Field in nearby Dallas. The Cougars travel to face defending MAC champion Stevenson University on Saturday.

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