September 29, 2014

Delaware Valley College Football - Aggies vs Albright Game Preview

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The Delaware Valley College football team will look to stay undefeated and keep pace with three other teams in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) as the Aggies host league foe Albright College on Saturday, October 4. Kickoff at Robert A. Lipinski Field at James Work Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley, which already had its bye week this season, is 3-0 overall (2-0 MAC) and receiving votes in both the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) and’s Top 25 polls. Three other conference teams – Lycoming College, Stevenson University and Widener University – are all 4-0 overall and 3-0 in MAC play. At least of those teams will suffer a loss this coming Saturday as Lycoming hosts Stevenson (Widener is at 1-3, 1-2 Misericordia).

The Aggies remained perfect on the season thanks to another wild, shootout victory, this time a 59-41 triumph at Lebanon Valley College last Saturday. This followed their 30-20 win at Montclair State University on September 6 and a 54-35 home victory over Wilkes University on September 20.

The Lebanon Valley game saw the two teams combine for 100 points, 150 offensive plays and 1,049 total yards (584 yards Delaware Valley, 465 yards Lebanon Valley). Delaware Valley never trailed in the game and responded twice when the Flying Dutchmen pulled to within one possession. At 28-27 in the second quarter, the Aggies responded with 21 straight points. Then when Lebanon Valley got its deficit to eight, 49-41, early in the fourth, Delaware Valley notched two touchdowns in a four-minute span to put the game away.

The Aggies are tops in the MAC and among the Division III leaders with averages of 47.7 points and 506.3 yards per game. They also lead the conference in passing yards (318.3 avg) and first downs (21.7 avg) and are second in rushing (188.0 avg).

Senior quarterback Aaron Wilmer (Philadelphia, PA/George Washington) was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week, making him the third Aggie to garner the award this season (wide receiver Rasheed Bailey in the Montclair State game, tailback Chris Smallwood in the Wilkes game). Wilmer completed 20 of 31 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 63 yards and two trips to the end zone. The yardage total was the fourth-highest in school history and he became the first Delaware Valley quarterback to throw for 380 or more yards twice in a career, let alone a season (he had 394 passing yards in the Montclair State win).

For the season, Wilmer is 52-for-89 for 955 yards and eight touchdowns. The four-year starter and three-time all-MAC signal-caller has also rushed for 94 yards and three scores.

All four of Wilmer’s touchdown passes went to fellow senior Rasheed Bailey (Philadelphia, PA/Roxborough) as he tied the school’s single-game mark that was set by Harry Capozzoli back in1968. It marked the second, single-game record that Bailey tied this season as he had 11 catches against Montclair State. Bailey had six total grabs against Lebanon Valley for 186 yards, which was the 10th-highest single-game receiving yardage total in program history (his 216 yards against Montclair State tied for the fifth-best mark). Bailey has 19 receptions for 456 yards (24.0 avg) and five touchdowns this season.

Senior tailback Chris Smallwood (Philadelphia, PA/Upper Moreland), who had 213 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in the win over Wilkes, followed that performance with two more scores as well as 87 yards on 16 carries against Lebanon Valley. He put the game away with a 40-yard sprint to the end zone in the fourth quarter. For the season, Smallwood has rushed 56 times for 362 yards (6.4 avg) and eight touchdowns.

Defensively, Delaware Valley is allowing 32 points and 450 yards per game. As it did in the win over Wilkes, the unit did get some big stops down the stretch at Lebanon Valley. Its two sacks in the contest upped the defense’s total to 11 on the year.

All-conference safety Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) was credited with 14 tackles at Lebanon Valley to up his season total to a team-best 34. The junior also has two pass breakups and a forced fumble to his credit.

Fellow junior Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) had a productive day last week with 10 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack. The linebacker has 22 tackles and three fumble recoveries on the year. Another junior, Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) leads the Aggies with four sacks from his end position. He had four tackles last week to give him 21 on the year.


The Lions opened their season with a 25-14, non-conference win at Kean University. Since then, they have dropped three straight conference games with setbacks to Lycoming (26-0), Widener (41-23) and Stevenson (13-6). Now they will face their fourth straight undefeated squad in Delaware Valley.

Offensively, Albright is ninth out of 10 teams in the MAC in scoring (13.5 avg), rushing (84.8 avg) and total yardage (223.3 avg). Their passing attack is eighth with an average of 138.5 yards per game.

Junior Pat Wise got the starting nod at quarterback at Stevenson last week and he was 13-for-33 for 90 yards and three interceptions. He is 41-for-75 for 375 yards, two touchdowns and four picks on the year. Fellow junior Ryan Wade has seen time in all four games (three starts) and he has completed 11 of 30 passes for 139 yards.

Sophomore wideout Vinny Williams is the top target with 16 of the team’s 55 receptions. They have gone for 223 yards, including 36 yards on four grabs last week.

On the ground, junior Dwayne Randall is the leader with 115 yards on 38 carries. He had 27 yards on 11 attempts at Stevenson.

The Albright defensive unit is fourth in the MAC in scoring (23.5), rushing (104.5 avg) and total yardage (304.3) while the unit is seventh in passing (199.8 avg). They held Stevenson to just 146 yards, including nine yards in the air.

Junior linebacker Steve Barroso paces the unit with 32 tackles and he also has 2.5 sacks and one pass breakup to his credit. He was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week for his showing in the Stevenson game as he racked up 13 stops and 2.5 sacks.

Sophomore tackle Rich Kuhn and senior safety Joe Magosin are two other players to watch. Kuhn has 21 tackles and four sacks on the year, including one stop last week. Magosin has a team-best three interceptions to go along with 20 tackles.