Saturday, October 28, 2017

700!!! Widener Football Downs Stevenson for Historic Victory

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Mr. MAC called this game a Widener Win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Widener University football team withstood a fourth-and-goal play with 48 seconds left as the Pride became just the fourth team in NCAA Division III history to record 700 wins as Widener downed the Stevenson Mustangs 20-14 in a MAC contest on Saturday afternoon.

Widener joins Mount Union, Wittenberg, and Washington & Jefferson as the only D3 schools with 700 or more victories.

Each team committed a turnover on its first series of the game before Widener took its second possession 64 yards, ending in a Michael Raczak field goal. Forcing a quick punt from the Mustangs, the Pride scored again, this time on a four-yard run from Rob Ennis, Jr., extending the lead to 10-0. Things looked to turn in Stevenson's favor as a punt from Wade Korvin was downed on the goal line, Undaunted, Widener marched the full length of the field, culminating in a three-yard rush by D'Andre Sapp. With the help of a pair of defensive penalties in the red zone, the Mustangs punched in a score to make it 17-7 at the half.

Despite kicking off to open the second half, the Pride scored just 84 seconds into the frame as a fumble on the kickoff led to a 32-yard Raczak field goal. The game remained that way until the fourth when Stevenson scored. Widener worked the clock down to 2:43 left before a Raczak punt had the potential to pin the Mustangs deep, but a great return by Preston Addo set Stevenson up in Pride territory. A handful of plays later, the Mustangs had it fourth and goal from the Widener four, but Dan Williams was forced out of the pocket and threw an incomplete pass on the run to seal the victory for the Pride.

  • After the teams traded turnovers on their respective first possessions of the game, the Pride got on the board first on a 29-yard Michael Raczak field goal, capping a 13-play, 64-yard drive just past the midway mark of the period.
  • The defense forced a three and out on the next Stevenson series. Off the punt, the Blue and Gold marched 60 yards in nine plays, capped by a four-yard TD run from Rob Ennis, Jr. to take a 10-0 lead.
  • Sean McGaughey passed for 131 yards in the quarter.
  • Widener held the ball for 11:02 of the 15 minutes.
  • The Pride defense locked in allowing Stevenson just 32 yards of offense in the period.

  • Widener continued to enjoy offensive success early in the stanza. Taking the ball off a Stevenson punt that was downed on the goal line, the Pride marched 99 yards in 11 plays with D'Andre Sapp plunging in from three yards out to go up 17-0.
  • Stevenson pulled some momentum on its side as one play after giving the ball up on an interception, the Mustangs recovered a fumbled handoff. Eight plays later, Dan Williams scored on a five-yard run to cut the Widener lead to 17-7. Aiding the drive were two penalties from the normally composed Widener defense that negated a sack and an incomplete pass.
  • The Pride converted 6-of-10 third downs in the half.
  • Defensively, the Blue and Gold held Stevenson to 82 total yards in the half.

  • The Blue and Gold got the ball immediately off a turnover as on the opening kickoff, Mario Scotese held up the Stevenson returner long enough for Brendan Gilmartin to force a fumble that was recovered by Justin Hardy. The Pride turned the miscue into a 32-yard Raczak field goal and a 20-7 lead.
  • On the ensuing Mustang drive, Stevenson drove the ball down to the two yard line. A fourth down rush by Daqwan Hill was stopped short of the goal line by Vince Char and Kyle Lowery as the Pride took over on downs with 5:38 left in the period.
  • Widener converted a trio of third downs in the frame.  

  • Faced with an early fourth down on defense, the Pride stopped Stevenson on the 16-yard line going in to take over the ball with 10:23 to go in the period.
  • Stevenson scored with 5:02 in the game to slice the lead to 20-14. The Mustangs got the ball back with 2:43 left and moved it to the three, but a goal line stand by the Pride preserved the win.
  • The Pride held Stevenson to 1-of-4 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down in the quarter.

  • Widener joins Mount Union, Wittenberg, and Washington & Jefferson as the only four Division III programs with 700 football wins.
  • With 117 yards in the game, Ennis becomes the first Widener player since Chris Randle against King's on Nov. 5, 2016 to top the century mark.
  • The seven catches for James Gillespie in the contest were a career high.

  • It's win #700 for @Widener_FB, just the fourth school in #NCAAD3 history to accomplish the feat GoWidener RollPride
  • Hey @UMUFootball @WittFootball @WJFootball…You've got company!!! @Widener_FB gets program win #700!!
  • Rob Ennis, Jr. goes over 100 yards rushing as @Widener_FB wins its 700th game in program history!!! GoWidener RollPride
  • Thank you to all of our alums from the PMC and Pioneers days who helped @Widener_FB to program win #700!!! #wecouldntdoitwithoutyou

The Pride returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 4 for Senior Day against MAC foe King's. Kickoff from Hirschmann Field at Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Stadium is slated for 1:07 p.m.

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