October 18, 2014

Widener Football - Record-Setting Day Lifts No. 13 Widener to 59-12 Victory over Wilkes

Sr DB Ameer Sorrell runs his second blocked punt back for a touchdown agains Wilkes
Chester, PA – Alex Stewart (Pittsgrove, NJ/Arthur P. Schalick) set a new school record and fellow sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) tied one as 13th-ranked Widener rolled to a 59-12 Middle Atlantic Conference victory over Wilkes at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

Stewart unbelievably blocked three punts to tie an NCAA record with two returned for touchdowns by seniorAmeer Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ). To put that into perspective, no player in the 134-year history of Widener’s program had more than two blocked punts in a season.

Stewart joins the NCAA record book along with Matt Sheridan of Moravian vs. King’s on September 17, 2005, Don Rodgers of Sewanee vs. Rhodes on October 19, 2002, Andy Waddle of Wittenberg vs. Urbana on September 1, 2000, Scott Lunsford of Maryville (TN) vs. Rhodes on September 26, 1998 and Jim Perryman of Millikin vs. Carroll (WI) on November 1, 1980.

Sorrell two weeks ago blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown at Misericordia.

Klein threw six touchdown passes to tie the school record he now shares with Mike Warker from September 22, 2001 vs. Moravian and Chris Haupt from September 22, 2012 vs. Wilkes. Klein now has 37 career touchdown passes, placing him sixth in school history, and 20 this season.

He completed 23-of-36 passes for 273 yards and stays fifth in school history with 379 completions. Klein also has 4,253 career passing yards, now seventh best in Widener annals.

Stewart first drew attention midway through the second quarter. With Widener ahead 7-6, he charged through the line and blocked Bryan Mellon’s punt. Sorrell picked it up and scooted 17 yards for a score with7:42 to play for a 14-6 lead.

The Pride got the ball back late in the half and drove 80 yards over 14 plays. The march ended on a fourth and goal at the five when Klein found senior Brian DiGiovanni (Glen Mills, PA) on a five-yard touchdown pass for a 21-6 margin.

The third quarter was more dominance from the Pride with Klein hitting senior Couve LaFate (Wilmington, DE/Henderson) on a 16-yard scoring pass and junior Robert Getz (Kunkletown, PA) on a one-yard touchdown toss for a 35-6 margin. The later score was set up on Stewart’s second blocked punt.

Junior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) booted a 42-yard field goal with 57 seconds left for a 38-6 lead at three-quarter time. The shutout in the period means Widener still has not allowed a third-quarter point this season.

William Deemer plunged in from one yard for the Colonels’ final score just 1:59 into the fourth quarter, making it 38-12. Klein then capped his day with two more touchdown passes, a 42-yard bomb to sophomore Montrell Hicks Taylor (Newark, DE) and a 27-yard toss to wide-open sophomore Rashon Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ) for a 52-12 margin.

Stewart then did his thing again, putting himself in the record book with another blocked punt that Sorrell ran back 10 yards for a score with 5:21 remaining.

Morrison had 15 carries for 84 yards and senior Kevin Burns (Collingdale, PA/West Catholic) had nine tackles that included 2 1/2 for a loss for the Pride, who ended with a 451-320 edge in total offense. Widener also converted 7-of-16 third-down attempts and had 23 first downs.

Ryan Dailey completed 26-of-45 passes for 295 yards with Deemer getting six receptions for 127 yards. Tanner Stengel had eight tackles for the Colonels.

Widener now has outscored Wilkes 170-12 in the teams’ last three encounters.

Widener is on the road next Saturday at Lycoming for a 1:30 pm start in Williamsport, PA.