Saturday, November 4, 2017

Defense Stymies King's as Widener Football Wins Fifth Straight

Courtesy of Widener Sports Information
CHESTER, Pa. – The Widener University defense recorded 11 sacks and forced six turnovers, five of them on interceptions, as the Pride downed the King's College Monarchs 27-6 on Saturday afternoon on Hirschmann Field at Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Stadium. With the win, Widener is 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Widener jumped out to a 14-3 lead after one quarter, using the deep ball as a 49-yard TD pass to James Gillespie and a 50-yard strike to Montrell Hicks-Taylor sandwiched a King's field goal. The second score came off the first interception of the day. Later in the half, Anthony Jordan picked off a pass and took it to the house for a score, making it 21-3. The Blue and Gold intercepted three more passes in the half, two by Jordan Powell as they kept the high-powered Monarchs offense at bay.

Leading 21-6 midway through the third quarter, Powell came up with his NCAA Division III leading fifth defensive score of the season, scooping up a fumble caused by Joe Fox and taking it 81 yards to paydirt. In the third quarter, Char did the majority of his damage, coming up with four sacks in the frame. Overall the Pride had 11 QB takedowns in the contest.

Prior to the game, Widener honored its seniors in an on field ceremony. At halftime, the Pride teamed up with the Chester Fire Department for Audible for Autism to help create lifelong memories for two local childreon on the autistic spectrum.

  • After neither team scored on its first possession, Widener struck first as Sean McGaughey delivered a perfect 49-yard pass to Gillespie down the left side for a 7-0 lead.
  • King's came up with a field goal on its next drive and then forced the Blue and Gold into a punt. Four plays after the punt, Powell came up with his first interception of the day. After gaining three yards on a run and an incomplete pass, McGaughey found Hicks-Taylor down the right side for a 50-yard score and a 14-3 Pride advantage.
  • Brian Armstrong led the defense in the frame with seven tackles.

  • The defense was the story of the period as Widener intercepted four passes in the quarter including one from Jordan who took it 28 yards into the end zone, marking the seventh defensive score of the year for the team.
  • Casey Kerschner came up with two sacks in the quarter as Widener had three quarterback takedowns overall.
  • McGaughey throw for 74 yards in the period.

  • Widener continued to get after it on D as Char recorded four sacks in the frame.
  • The only scoring in the frame also came on the defensive side of the ball as with King's driving, Joe Foxforced a fumble that was picked up by Powell and taken 81 yards for his fifth touchdown of the year.

  • The Pride held the ball for more than 10 minutes in the quarter.
  • McGaughey finished off his day with 54 yards passing in the frame.
  • Pat Downey had two of his season-high five catches in the stanza.

  • The six sacks by Char in the game came up just shy of the school record of 6.5 set by Bill Nourse against Lycoming on Oct. 24, 1998.
  • Widener's 11 sacks as a team are the most since Oct. 31, 2015 when it had 11 against Lycoming. The five interceptions are the most since the Pride also had five picks against Delaware Valley on Nov. 15, 2014.
  • The eight defensive touchdowns and five individually scored by Powell each lead NCAA Division III.

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Widener now has a showdown for the Keystone Cup as it travels to #5 Delaware Valley with the MAC Championship on the line on Saturday, Nov. 11. Kickoff from Lipinski Field at Work Memorial Stadium in Doylestown, Pa. is set for 1:00 p.m.

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