September 5, 2014

Widener upends 15th-ranked Rowan 19-7 in Friday night clash

Photo Courtesy of Widener Sports Information
Senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA) became the school's receptions leader, but it was Widener's defense that forced seven turnovers and came up with the big plays when it needed it in a 19-7 season-opening win at 15th-ranked Rowan in Glassboro, NJ.

Widener got the first points of the season with a combination of running and passing on its 55-yard drive.  Senior Terrant Morrison(Smyrna, DE) had 16 yards rushing on the march and sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA) ended it on a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior Philip Ragona (Oceanside, NJ) with 30 seconds left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

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Davis made his usual dazzling play when he broke the school's receptions record, catching a fade route and putting on a few moves to turn it into a 59-yard catch to the Profs seven yard line.  He closed the contest with seven receptions for 136 yards and now has 193 catches, eclipsing the mark of 188 held by Tyreak Saviour.

That drive ended when Klein rolled out and found junior Haydn Warren (East Brunswick, NJ) in the back of the end zone on a four-yard scoring pass, giving the Pride a 13-0 lead with 11:55 remaining in the first half.

Rowan entered the game with the vaunted defense, but it was Widener's defense that came alive in the first half with four turnovers that included three interceptions.  Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, NJ), fellow junior Jamal Goodman (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore Sean Titus (Lancaster, PA) all had interceptions in the first 30 minutes for a Pride defense that was breached for just 122 yards during that span.

The Profs were chipping away the entire second half and kept being turned by the Pride's defense.  That was until a fourth down and 12 at the Widener 16 when Bill McCarty found Warren Oliver, who broke back for the ball to haul in a critical touchdown pass.  That brought Rowan within 13-7 with 11:34 remaining.

Widener decided to gamble and test its offense on fourth down and one at its own 30, but Morrison was stuffed at the line by Darren Dungee and Chris Alvarez to give Rowan life.  However, the Profs' drive was halted when senior Ameer Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ) intercepted McCarty at the six yard line to end the threat.

Rowan got the ball back after a defense stop with just over four minutes left looking to once again take the lead.  But Widener's defense did it again, this time seeing Titus step in front of another pass and return it 39 yards with 3:21 left for a 19-7 lead.

Goodman and Titus each had two interceptions as part of the six recorded by the Pride.  The defense allowed just 246 yards of total offense and a paltry 113 yards rushing.

Klein completed 15-of-26 passes for 260 yards with Morrison getting 56 yards on 17 carries for Widener (1-0), which was preseason ranked 25th according to Lindy's Sports Magazine.  Sunnerville and senior Brandon Harper (Blackwood, NJ) had seven tackles apiece.

McCarty completed 20-of-38 passes for 133 yards and Dungee had eight tackles for the Profs (0-1).

Widener is back on the road next week at Lebanon Valley in both teams Middle Atlantic Conference opener, starting at 1:00 pm in Annville, PA.

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