September 27, 2014

Widener Football - The Pride Rolls Again with 30-0 Win at FDU-Florham

Photo Courtesy of Widener Sports Informtion
No. 18 Widener again dominated in the first half and left no doubt in rolling to a 30-0 Middle Atlantic Conference victory at FDU-Florham in Madison, NJ.

Sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA) is used to throwing touchdown passes to senior Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester), but the roles were reversed on the Pride’s second drive. Widener drove to FDU the 12 yard line when Davis took a pitch and then fired a pass to Klein, who leaped to make the scoring catch with 10:30 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

Widener’s defense forced FDU to punt from its end zone and a short boot created only a 40-yard field on the next possession.  That was punctuated when senior Couve LaFate (Wilmington, DE) ran one in from five yards with seven minutes to go in the quarter for a 14-0 margin.

After the Pride’s defense forced the Devils to cough up the football on downs, the visitors needed just one play for a 21-0 lead.  Klein found a wide-open sophomore Montrell Hicks-Taylor (Newark, DE), who went 78 yards total that included about 50 after the catch with 2:55left for another score.

Widener in the first quarter owned a 183-48 edge in total offense and now has outscored its opponents 63-7 in the first stanza.

The Pride then put together another scoring march early in the second quarter, ending when junior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) booted a 33-yard field goal with 10:31 left in the half for a 24-0 cushion.

The defense then came up with a massive play near the end of the half.  Tyler Mauer threw an apparent touchdown pass to Tyler Adams, but senior Ka’Shawn Garnes (Poughkeepsie, NY) ripped the ball out of his hands at the goal line for the interception with 35 seconds left.

The Pride had a convincing 289-105 edge in total offense over the first 30 minutes, including 149-12 in rushing yards.  Klein, who only played the first half, completed 6-of-8 passes for 120 yards and Hicks-Taylor had two catches for 86 yards.

Widener in the second half used a 93-yard drive that took almost seven minutes, ending with junior Robert Getz (Kunkletown, PA) taking it in from one yard with 3:15 to go in the third for the final.

Alex Krivda came off the bench to complete 12-of-17 passes for 105 yards, Davis had five receptions and Hicks-Taylor closed with three receptions for 93 yards for the Pride.  Terrant Morrison ended with nine catches for 57 yards.

Junior Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, NJ) closed with six tackles that included three sacks for Widener, which still has not allowed a third-quarter point this season and is 4-0 (3-0 MAC) for the second time in three seasons.

The Pride dominated in every facet, getting a 488-130 edge in total offense and a 228 to minus-13 advantage in rushing yards.  Widener improves to 17-2 all-time against FDU with 16 straight victories.

Tyler Mauer completed 16-of-30 passes for 143 yards for the Devils (0-3, 0-2).

The win gives Mike Kelly a 4-0 record to tie him for the most victories to begin his Widener coach career, joining Bill Zwaan (1997) and Edwin Stearns (1902).  The school record for the longest unbeaten streak to begin a career is held by Dutch Sommer, who went 5-0-2 in his only season in 1913.

Widener again is on the road next week, this time at Misericordia for a 1:00 pm start in Dallas, PA.