September 15, 2014

Widener Football - The Pride move up to 24th in the Country According to D3Football

Photo Courtesy of Widener Sports Information
Chester, PA (Sept. 15, 2014) – Another solid week for Widener meant more recognition on the national level, this time jumping into the Top 25 Poll as the 24th-ranked team in the country.

This mark was reached after the squad rolled to a 45-3 victory Saturday at Lebanon Valley.  SophomoreSeth Klein (Wernersville, PA) completed 14-of-31 passes for 233 yards and three scores.  He now moves into seventh place in school history with 314 career completions.

Senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) had four catches for 41 yards for the Pride, who owned a comfortable 374-149 edge in total offense and converted 8-of-20 third downs.  Senior Brandon Harper (Blackwood, NJ) continued his explosive play on defense with eight tackles for the Pride, who allowed only 52 rushing yards on 37 carries.

The Pride forced four turnovers on top of the seven they caused the previous week at then No. 15 Rowan and have eight interceptions this season after getting nine all of last year.  Widener returns three all-conference players on the defensive line in junior Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, NJ), senior John DiBiase (Mount Laurel, NJ) and junior Shakore Philip (Bay Shore, NY), and also has gotten a huge boost from first-year coach Mike Kelly and first-year defensive coordinator Bill Shuey.

Widener after the Rowan game received votes in the poll, getting the most votes of any school not to make the poll.  The Pride were 25th in a preseason poll conducted by Lindy’s Sports Magazine, which does not run another poll during the campaign.

Widener is back at it Saturday in its home opener vs. Albright, starting at 1:00 pm.