October 19, 2014

Wilkes Football - No 17 Widener scores 31 unanswered points in 59-12 win over the Colonels

So WR Williams Deemer - Touchdown Wilkes (Image: John Green)
CHESTER, PA – Holding just a 7-6 lead midway through the first half, No. 17 Widener University flexed its high-powered offense scoring 31 straight points between the second and third quarters in a 59-12 win over visiting Wilkes University Saturday afternoon in Middle Atlantic Conference football action from Leslie C. Quick Stadium.

With the loss Wilkes falls to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in MAC play. No. 17 Widener remains unbeaten and atop the MAC standings at 6-0 overall and 5-0 in league games.

Widener scored first when pre-season All-American receiver Anthony Davis caught a 12-yard pass from quarterback Seth Klein to put the Pride up 7-0 on its first possession. Wilkes responded with a six-play, 77-yard drive highlighted by a Ryan Dailey 37-yard touchdown pass to William Deemer to cut the lead to 7-6 following a blocked extra point attempt.

Widener then used some fine special teams play to extend the advantage when Bryan Mellon’s punt was blocked and returned for a Pride touchdown pushing the Widener lead to 14-6 with 7:42 left in the second quarter. Following another Wilkes punt, Widener used a 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by a Klein five-yard touchdown pass to up the lead to 21-6 with just :07 left in the half.

The Widener offense continued its attack in the third quarter scoring 17 points as Klein threw a 16-yard touchdown pass and one yard touchdown pass to give the Pride a 35-6 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

A Ryan O’Hara 42-yard field goal capped the 31 unanswered points and third quarter scoring for the Pride leading 38-6 through three quarters of play.

Wilkes ended its scoring drought early in the fourth  when Deemer went in for his second touchdown of the afternoon, a one-yard run capping an 11-play, 79-yard Colonel drive. Widener added three more scores in the fourth on way to the MAC victory.

Dailey finished 26-for-45 passing for 295 yards and one touchdown. Deemer made six catches for a career-best 127 yards and one touchdown while also rushing six times for three yards and another score. Wilkes was held to just 23 total yards rushing in the contest after entering averaging 128.4 yards per-game on the ground.

Klein enjoyed a huge day through the air for Widener finishing with six touchdown passes on 23-for-36 passing and 273 yards. Six different Pride receivers caught scoring passes in the contest.

Tanner Stengel led Wilkes defensively with a team-high eight tackles. Marcus Leaf and Nick Gray each added six stops.

Wilkes continues its road stretch in the month of October traveling to Lebanon Valley College (1-5, 1-4 MAC) next Saturday for a MAC matchup at 1:00 p.m. in Annville, Pa.