Saturday, October 7, 2017

Widener Spoils Wilkes Football Homecoming 30-7

Photo Courtesy of Wilkes Sports Information
Article courtesy of Wilkes office of Sports Information
EDWARDSVILLE – Widener University used a balanced offense and some big plays on both sides of the ball on way to a 30-7 victory over host Wilkes University Saturday afternoon in Middle Atlantic Conference play at Schmidt Stadium.

The loss overshadowed Wilkes’ Homecoming as the Colonels slipped to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in MAC play. Widener improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in conference contests.

Wilkes received the ball to begin the game and quickly faced a punting situation on fourth and five from its own 38. The Colonels decided to fake the punt but Bobby Nye’s rush attempt off the right side was short of the first down marker turning the ball over on downs and setting up the Pride’s offense with good field position.

Widener wasted little time taking advantage hitting for a 26-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead with 11:07 remaining in the first quarter.

After a Wilkes punt, the Pride offense began another promising drive only to see two short rushes and a sack from Derek Schneider stop the attack. Widener settled for a 40-yard field goal to up the advantage to 10-0 with 3:12 left in the opening frame.

The teams traded punts over the game’s next seven possessions as both offenses struggled to find a rhythm moving the ball. Widener looked to score one last time right before the half, but Casey Evans came up with a big play for the Wilkes defense picking off a pass on a second and goal play to end the Pride’s chances.

Widener used a nine-play, 77-yard drive on the opening possession of the second half to push its lead to 16-0 capped off by a two-run run from the Pride quarterback. The extra point attempt sailed wide left as the visitors extended the advantage to two scores with 10:33 on the third quarter clock.

On Wilkes’ ensuing drive, Wade Rippeon was picked off by a Pride safety and taken back 40 yards for the score as Widener led 23-0.

Widener added its last score early in the fourth quarter hitting on an 82-yard touchdown pass to lead 30-0 with 11:34 left in the game.

Wilkes’ lone score came on its next-to-last possession of the game. Nicholas Geimer connected with Nick Yanik for a 27-yard pitch and catch to move to the Widener 34. Another nine-yard completion from Geimer to Sincere Williams moved the Colonels down inside the five before Geimer called his own number scampering up the middle from four yards out for the score.

Rippeon and Geimer split time behind center for Wilkes. Rippeon finished 6-for-11 for 51 yards while Geimer went 11-for-17 for 86 yards and rushing ten times for 71 yards and the one score. Wilkes finished with 142 total yards on the ground, the second straight game going for over 100 yards rushing.

Six different Colonel receivers caught passes in the game led by Garret Armstrong’s five receptions for 42 yards.

Bud Moyer led the defense with a career-high 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss. Jacob Brook followed with 12 tackles and one interception.

Wilkes honored long-time men’s soccer head coach and current associate athletic director Phil Wingert prior to kick off as well as Doris Saracino, long-time head coach and administrator at Wilkes, during a halftime ceremony.

Wilkes remains idle next week on its bye before traveling to Madison, N.J. to face FDU-Florham (1-5) on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m.


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