Thursday, November 9, 2017

King's Football hosting Wilkes in 22nd Mayor's Cup Game

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Article Courtesy of King's College Office of Sports Information
WILKES-BARRE — One of the great small-college football rivalries will once again take place on Saturday when the King's College football team closes out the 2017 season on Saturday when the Monarchs host Wilkes-Barre City rival Wilkes University at 12:07 PM at McCarthy Stadium. The two colleges, separated by just three street blocks, will once again compete for the Mayor's Cup for the 22nd consecutive season.

King's (4-5, 3-5 MAC) comes off a 27-6 loss at Widener University in Chester. Wilkes (0-9, 0-8 MAC) fell at home to Stevenson University 44-12.

Ticket prices are set at $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and non-King's students with ID. Childen under age six shall be admitted free.

The game will be televised live by WQMY at: 
Comcast Cable:  Channel 811 HD
Service Electric W-B:  Channel 504 HD
Over the air:  53.1
Satellite:  Channel  53

Fans unable to attend can follow the game online at the following links:
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Today's season-finale for both teams marks the 22nd Mayor's Cup Game between Wilkes-Barre City rivals King's College and Wilkes University. The teams began playing for the Mayor's Cup during the 1996 season. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Anthony George will present the Mayor's Cup to the winning team afterwards. As in past years, each squad will also have a team game most valuable player selected.
This is the 32nd meeting between the teams with Wilkes owning a 22-9 advantage. The Colonels also lead 7-17 since the teams resumed the rivalry in 1993 when KIng's returned to varsity football after a 30-year hiatus.
Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his eighth season at King's and owns a 26-53 career record. Wilkes mentor Trey Brown is in his fourth year at Wilkes and is 7-32.

King's opened up a 21-7 halftime lead and outgained Wilkes 498-to-478 in total yards as the Monarchs reclaimed the Mayor's Cup with a 42-14 victory at Schmidt Stadium. King's has won three of the past four meetings in the series but over the course of the last three seasons the visiting team has been the winning squad. The last time the teams played at McCarthy Stadium, Wilkes won  24-17 in 2015.

The Monarchs enter Saturday's game ranked fourth in the MAC in scoring with 28.4 points per-game. King's is second in total offense, averaging 414.4 yards per-game. The Monarchs are fourth in MAC passing yards with 276.8 per-game and are fourth in rushing with 137.7 yards each contest.

Senior quarterback Zach Whitehead has completed 196-358 passes for 2,439 yards with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has also rushed for 307 yards on 155 carries with 12 more touchdowns.  Whitehead has established King's career records with 477 completions and 37 touchdowns. He is 268 yards away from breaking Tyler Hartranft's career mark of 5,943 yards from 2012-14 and is also 16 pass attempts away from surpassing Hartranft's record of 846 career passes thrown. He also owns school records for pass completions in one game (40) and season (244); passing yards in a game (423) and season (2,832); touchdown passes in a season (19) and career (37); while sharing the record for most touchdown passes in one game (4), among other marks.

The receivers are paced by senior Tyler Marroni who enters his final game with a school-record 65 catches for 997 yards and six touchdowns.  Marroni is currently tied with Dan Kempa with 151 career receptions from 2011-14 and, with 997 yards he is within reach of Kempa's school record of 1,057 yards set in 2013. Marroni is also second in career receiving yards (2,185) and trails only Kempa's mark of 2,550.

Fellow senior Marquis Miller follows with 44 receptions for 372 yards and one touchdown and has quietly enter King's record books. Miller is currently third all time at King's with 130 career receptions, trailing only Marroni and Kempa. Senior H-back Trey Campbell has posted 33 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns while tallying 49 for his career. Senior wide receiver Corey Flynn has caught 27 passes for 376 yards while posting 52 receptions in his career.

Junior running back Jordan Downes has 584 yards on 125 carries with four scores while adding 19 receptions out of the backfield for 183 yards.  Junior Titus Nelson has 335 rushing yards on 75 carries while making five catches for 91 yards and one score.

This season senior place-kicker Mike Tumminello has set King's records with a 44-yard field goal; nine extra-points made in one game, and 52 kicking points in one season. With eight successful field goals, he is two makes away from equaling the school mark of 10 set by Ryan Cain in 2010.
The  Wilkes offense ranks 10th in the MAC in scoring at a 14.1 points per-game clip. The Colonels are 10th in total offense, averaging 295.2 total yards per-game. Wilkes stands  ninth in passing offense with 183.3 yards through the air per-game while ranking seventh in rushing offense with 111.9 yards each contest. Wilkes has battled injuries at the quarterback position this season . Freshman Nicholas Geimer is expected to get the start and has played in six games, completing 80-of-126 passes for 723 yards  with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. Geimer is also dangerous with his feet, rushing for 454 yards on 99 carries with four scores and averages 4.6 yards per-carry.

Senior tight end Garrett Armstrong tops the Colonels with 56 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Jeff Steeber follows with 33 catches for 311 yards and one score while senior  receiver  Aaron Coyne  has hauled in 30 passes for 252  yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Shane Deemer tops the running backs with 237 yards on 84 carries with one touchdown.
King's entered the week ranked seventh in MAC scoring defense, allowing an average of 34.4 points per-game. The Monarchs are seventh in total defense in yielding 409.6 yards of total offense per-game. King's is fourth in rushing defense in allowing 128.1 yards each game while standing 10th in passing defense at 281.4 yards. Senior linebacker Bruce Damon leads the team with 69 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss.  Damon has posted 210 tackles in his three-year career at King's.

Freshman linebacker Mando Sallavanti  follows with 50 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore cornerback Eli Vascos adds 49 tackles with an interception, while senior linebacker Jake Manetti has registered 47 tackles with 12.0 tackles for loss and has 176 career tackles. Senior nose-guard Chris DeGaetano contributes 46 tackles with 6.0 tackles for loss this season while totaling 118 stops in his career. Sophomore safety Trevor Hill has posted 41 tackles and four interceptions. Senior defensive lineman Mike Dohn has recorded 36 tackles and 58 career stops  while senior defensive lineman Jacoby Foresman checks in with 34 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks while making 97 career tackles.

Senior linebacker Hassan Maxwell  has 28 tackles on the year and 136 for his career while and senior  cornerback Justin Foster chips in with 24 tackles this season and has 97 for his career. Senior defensive end Aaron Vascos has 18 tackles and 4.5 sacks on the year with 24 career stops.    
Wilkes stands ninth in MAC scoring defense, yielding 39.8 points per-game. The Colonels rank ninth in total defense in allowing 461.3 yards each contest. Wilkes is ninth against the pass in permitting teams to throw for 273.9 yards per-game, while also ranking ninth in rushing defense at 187.4 yards each contest. Sophomore linebacker Bud Moyer has made 90 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss while junior linebacker Lukas Wood follows with 81 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Isaiah Robinson adds 72 tackles with 12.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions while senior safety Jacob Brooks contributes 70 tackles with two interceptions. Junior linebacker Michael Murphy has 62 tackles  while junior safety Jordan Stiles has tallied 46 stops. Senior cornerback Casey Evans chips in with 38 tackles and two interceptions.

Special thanks to our seniors who are wearing the Red and Gold one last time today. They include Trey CampbellBruce DamonChris DeGaetanoCorey FlynnJacoby ForesmanJustin FosterRon IppoliteJake ManettiTyler MarroniHassan MaxwellMarquis MillerJon Rauch, Dan Strelecki, Mike TumminelloAaron Vascos, and Zach Whitehead.

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