October 28, 2014

DelVal Football - Aggies vs King's College Game Preview

Photo courtesy of DelVal Sports Information
DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Delaware Valley College has avenged two of its three Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) losses from last year and will look to take care of the third this Saturday, November 1 as the nationally-ranked and undefeated Aggies head up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to battle King’s College. Kickoff at McCarthy Stadium for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) match-up is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Monarchs handed Delaware Valley a crushing, 21-14 overtime setback on its home field last October 26. The Aggies led by seven until King’s tied the game with just 2:06 remaining. The Monarchs scored first in overtime and then stopped Delaware Valley on its possession for the win, the first by King’s in the series since 2003. It was the second loss of the season for the Aggies and, essentially, ended their hopes of a fifth MAC title in the last six years.

This season, the Aggies are 7-0 overall, 6-0 and tied with Widener University for first-place in the conference. They moved up three spots to 18th in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and jumped from 23rd to 21st in the D3football.com following last Saturday’s 41-7 home triumph over Misericordia University.


Delaware Valley tallied the first 41 points of the contest and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard until the final minute. The Aggie offense racked up 476 yards with their starters playing just two and a half quarters while the defense limited Misericordia to 269 total yards, including just 21 in the air.

Delaware Valley’s prolific offense averages 46.7 points per game to rank ninth in all of Division III. It hit the 50-point plateau in four straight games at one point and the lowest point total it has accumulated all season was 30 in the 30-20, season-opening win at Montclair State University (Montclair State has run off six straight wins since then and leads the New Jersey Athletic Conference). The Aggie offense is also ninth in the country in total yardage (516.7 avg) and 17th in passing (314.1 avg). The team’s ground attack is no slouch either as it averages 202.6 yards per clip.

The offense is led by the dynamic skill position trio of senior wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (Philadelphia, PA/Roxborough), senior quarterback Aaron Wilmer (Philadelphia, PA/George Washington) and senior tailback Chris Smallwood (Philadelphia, PA/Upper Moreland). The three continue to be ranked in the top 20 in a combined 26 categories including six in the top five and another four in the top 10.

Bailey, who is featured in the October 27 edition of Sports Illustrated’s “Faces In The Crowd” leads Division III in both receiving yards (1,195) and receiving yards per game (170.7 avg) while his 13 receiving touchdowns has him tied for the top spot. That production has been accomplished on 51 catches.

Last week, Bailey caught eight passes for 142 yards and one touchdown – all in the first half. He broke the previous Aggie single-season marks in receiving yardage and touchdowns and did so in far less time. In fact, he topped the yardage record of 1,159 yards by David Carmon in 2004 in six and a half fewer games and the touchdown mark of 12 by Rich Gear in 2001 in three and a half less contests.

Wilmer is in the top 10 nationally in five categories as he is third in passing efficiency (203.2 rating), eighth in passing yards per game (313.6 avg), ninth in total offense (339.4 avg) and 10th in both points responsible per game (22.3 avg) and points responsible for (156). He has connected on 118 of 180 passes (65.6 percent – 11th in Division III) for 2,195 yards, 21 touchdowns and just three interceptions while also rushing for 181 yards and five scores. Last week, he was 17-for-23 for 292 yards and two scores.

Wilmer has started 39 games in his standout career and the team has won 32 of them (he did not play in last year’s loss to King’s). He is second in Delaware Valley history in nearly every passing category, including completions (625), yardage (9,124) and touchdowns (75). He has also amassed 1,509 yards and 23 scores on the ground.

Smallwood carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards and four trips to the end zone against Misericordia last week. That upped his rushing touchdown total to 17, which ranks third in all of Division III and is just one shy of tying the school’s single-season record. He is also third in scoring (14.6 avg), 12th in rushing yards per game (131.6 avg) and 13th in total rushing yards (921). That leaves Smallwood just 79 yards shy of the 1,000-yard milestone, a feat that has been accomplished just 10 prior times in Aggie history

Defensively, Delaware Valley is sixth in the MAC in points allowed (26.0 avg), seventh in both rushing (149.3 avg) and total yardage (375.9) and eighth in passing (226.6 avg). The unit does have 24 sacks which ranks second in the conference and 13th in Division III.

Junior safety Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) continues to lead the MAC in tackles with 71. He also has three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one interception and one sack to his credit. Wynne notched eight stops against Misericordia.

Freshman linebacker Ethan Snyder (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia) posted a career-high 11 tackles, including five solo stops, last week. That upped his season total to 45, trailing only Wynne on the Aggie squad. Snyder’s numbers also include four pass breakups and one sack.

Sophomore linebacker Frank Law (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) is next with 42 tackles, six which occurred last week. He added a sack against Misericordia to give him five on the season (second on the team).

Junior linebackers Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) and Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) are having strong campaigns as well. Lighty is second in the MAC in sacks with six and he also has 35 tackles to his credit (one last week). Smith is third in Division III with three fumble recoveries. He had nine tackles against Misericordia to up his season total to 38.

KING’S COLLEGE

The Monarchs are 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. They had their three-game winning streak snapped with last Saturday’s 30-24, double-overtime loss at Albright College. King’s scored with five minutes left in regulation to force overtime. Both teams scored in the first extra-session before the Lions reached the end zone to start the second and stopped the Monarchs on their possession for the win.

King’s is eighth out of 10 teams in the conference in scoring with average of 20.3 points per game. The offensive unit is fifth in both rushing (140.0 avg) and total yardage (339.9 avg) and sixth in passing (199.9 avg). The Monarchs have committed just nine turnovers all season.

Senior quarterback Tyler Hartranft is at the helm and he has completed 110 of 201 passes for 1,369 yards and seven touchdown this season. Against Albright, he was 20-for-30 for 191 yards and two scores and he also added another 51 yards on the ground.

Hartranft has one of the top receivers in the conference to throw to in fellow senior Dan Kempa. Kempa has caught 43 passes for 62 yards and five touchdowns, including 11 receptions for 114 yards and two scores in last week’s loss at Albright. He had similar numbers in last year’s win over Delaware Valley as he had 10 catches for 114 yards, including a touchdown grab that tied the game with 2:06 remaining in regulation.

Senior tailback Kyle McGrath scored the game-winner in overtime against the Aggies last season and he once again paces King’s ground attack. He notched 126 yards on 23 carries last week to up his season total to 330 yards on 92 touches. He had found the end zone two times.

On the defensive side of the ball, former Delaware Valley offensive lineman Mike Cebrosky is the team’s new coordinator. His unit is tops in the MAC in passing as it allows just 186.4 yards per game through the air. The Monarchs are also fourth in scoring (21.6 avg), fifth in total yardage (318.1 avg) and sixth in rushing (131.7 avg).

Sophomore linebacker Bobby Russell paces King’s with 69 tackles, including nine behind the line of scrimmage. He had nine stops (eight solo) last week.

Junior safeties Kris Matthews and Anthony Martuccio are two other players to watch. Matthews is second on the team in tackles with 50, including six at Albright. Martuccio has notched 32 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions with eight stops coming in last Saturday’s loss.