September 4, 2014

Football - Widener, Rowan in classic clash on Friday night

Widener's Seth Klein. (File photo)
Around local Division II and III football, there are several new coaches, plenty of returning stars, veterans back from playoff teams, and a rare matchup between big programs on Friday night.

Widener and Rowan, two of the area's preeminent Division III teams, open against each other Friday at Rowan. It's only the second meeting between the Profs and the Pride.

Widener, 6-4 last season, has a new coach in Mike Kelly, who spent recent years in professional football, much of it coaching in the Canadian Football League. Widener's top returning player is a Division III preseason all-American, junior receiver Anthony Davis, who had 91 catches in 2013. The Pride are picked to finish fourth in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Rowan coach Jay Accorsi suggested that a game with Widener could develop into an annual matchup. "Maybe make it the battle of the Commodore Barry Bridge Cup or something like that," Accorsi said.

The Profs, picked to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference, have seven players who earned preseason all-American honors from various publications: defensive ends Chris Alvarez and Josh Popper, middle linebacker Darren Dungee, outside linebacker Tyler Jenkins, guard Joe Borden, running back Withler Marcelin, and offensive tackle George Meyers. Rowan also has an experienced quarterback in Bill McCarty, who took over midway through last season.

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