Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wilkes Looking To Change The Course Of Their Program At Lycoming

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Wilkes University stays on the road for a Middle Atlantic Conference game when they face Lycoming College at David Person Field on Saturday afternoon. Wilkes is looking to win its first game of the season, entering at 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Colonels are coming off a 43-14 loss at Misericordia last week. Lycoming enters at 1-3 overall and 1-2 in MAC play after picking up its first win last Saturday with a 44-41 win at King’s.

Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) is in his fourth season at the helm of the Wilkes football program following his hiring prior to the 2014 season. In just three years, Brown has coached 22 Colonels who earned All-MAC honors including first team tight end Jeremy Hartman in 2014, defensive end Jason Ugwu in 2015 and tight end Garrett Armstrong in 2016. 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. In 2016, the Colonels recorded one of the biggest upset victories in the program’s history when it bested No. 12 Stevenson University 38-35 on the road. 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.

Mike Clark (Lycoming ‘93) is in his tenth season as head football coach at his alma mater Lycoming College. Clark has been a part of 115 wins, eight MAC titles, seven NCAA playoff teams and six NCAA playoff wins as a Warrior. During his time as head coach, Clark has tutored 85 all-conference selections, 23 Hampshire Honor Society members, 17 all-region selections, seven All-Americans, six Academic All-District selections, three Academic All-Americans, a Regional Player of the Year and led the team to seven wins over top-25 programs.

This will be the 58th meeting between the two schools as Lycoming holds a 39-18 series advantage. The Colonels won last year’s meeting 28-26 at Schmidt Stadium. Previously the Warriors had won the last five games dating back to the 2011 meeting.

Wilkes returns to Schmidt Stadium for a homecoming matchup against Widener University on Saturday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. Last season the Colonels fell to the Pride 25-23 in Chester, Pa.

- Wilkes is tenth in the MAC in scoring offense (11.8), tenth in total offense (247.3), eighth in rushing offense (66.0), and seventh in passing offense (181.3).

- Freshman quarterback Wade Rippeon took over the starting role the third week of the season and made his first career road start last Saturday at Misericordia. He accumulated career-highs in completions and yards, going 32-of-51 for 269 yards. For the season Rippeon is 69-of-114 for 530 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 69 completions rank fifth in the conference.

- The top target in the Wilkes passing game is Pre-season All-American and All-MAC selection Garrett Armstrong. The senior has 26 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns from the tight end position. His 26 catches have him sixth in the MAC. He now has 97 receptions for 961 yards and 10 touchdowns in his Wilkes career.

- Senior wide receiver Aaron Coyne lead the Colonels last weekend with 10 receptions for 76 yards against Misericordia. His three touchdown receptions rank him in a tie for fourth in the MAC. Junior Jeff Steeber has made 15 catches for 157 yards on the season and has added eight carries for 36 yards. Junior Zach Bogoly caught a career-best seven balls and freshman Noah Reich made his first career catch against the Cougars last week.

- Sophomore running back Shane Deemer rushed 11 times for 48 yards last week and now has 37 carries for 119 yards on the season after missing the opening week. He is tied for tenth in the MAC in rushing yards. Freshman Sincere Williams has 23 carries for 58 yards on the season.

- Wilkes is tenth in the MAC in scoring defense (43.8), ninth in total defense (460.3), tenth in rushing defense (301.0), and second in passing defense (159.3).

- The defense has four of the top seven tacklers in the MAC through four games. Junior linebacker Lukas Wood is second in the MAC with 49 total tackles and fifth with 22 solo tackles. Sophomore linebacker Bud Moyer led the team with 15 stops against Misericordia and is now third in the conference with 44 tackles. Senior safety Jacob Brook is tied for fifth with 38 tackles. Senior defensive back Isaiah Robinson is seventh with 37 tackles. Robinson leads the conference with two forced fumbles and is now tied for second in interceptions after picking off two against the Cougars last week. Robinson took one back to the house against the Cougars last week, the second time in his career the senior has scored a defensive touchdown. He is also eighth in the MAC with 4.5 tackles-for-loss.

- Junior Jordan Styles provided the first interception of the season for the Wilkes defense when he picked off Delaware Valley in week three. He tied a career-high with 12 tackles last weekend.

- Dane Tarantelli and Vinnie Werner combined to provide a sack against Lebanon Valley and Michael Murphy and Richmond Owusua picked up half-sacks against Delaware Valley.

- The Warriors rank ninth in the MAC in scoring offense (17.5), ninth in total offense (269.0), sixth in rushing offense (94.8) and eighth in passing offense (174.3).

- Senior quarterback Chase Williams won the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for his week four performance last Saturday at King’s. He accounted for the fifth best total offense number in school history with 406 yards. He had the game-winning touchdown run with 41.7 seconds left in a 44-41 win and added three more scores.

- Sophomore running back Dante Gipson is ninth in the conference with 124 rushing yards on his 33 carries. He has also added 18 receptions for 160 yards. Senior Sam Dressler leads Lycoming with 34 rush attempts.

- Junior wide receiver Nick Costello has 20 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns on the season including an 8-104-1 performance against King’s last week.

- The Warriors rank fifth in the MAC in scoring defense (25.8), seventh in total defense (412.3), eighth in rushing defense (204.3), and sixth in passing defense (208.0).

- Senior defensive back Mike Ward leads the conference with 28 solo tackles and has one interception.

- Junior defensive lineman Sam Romanofsky is second in the MAC with 3.5 sacks. He also has three pass breakups to tie for the team lead.

- Ahmad Curtis, a junior defensive lineman, had an interception last week.

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