September 18, 2014

Wilkes Colonels - Game notes for the Delaware Valley Game

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Wilkes Colonels (1-1, 1-0 MAC) at Delaware Valley Aggies (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
James Work Memorial Stadium

Wilkes University takes to the road for the first time this season as the Colonels travel to Doylestown, Pa. for a matchup with Delaware Valley College.

Colonels coach Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) enters his first year at the helm of the program in 2014. Brown comes to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams’ coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team. Brown coordinated an offense that averaged 32.3 points in league games in 2008 and 27.3 points in 2009. Lehigh scored more than 80 percent of the time it reached the Red Zone both seasons, including a Patriot League-best 87.9-percent efficiency in 2008.

Duke Greco (Delaware Valley ‘03) is in his first season as head football coach at his alma mater Delaware Valley College. This is after an 11-year stint as an assistant coach, including the last eight as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In those eight years with Greco as the offensive coordinator, the Aggies won four Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs three times. The four MAC tiles were from 2008 to 2011 as Delaware Valley was one of just five football teams in the 100-year history of the conference to notch four or more consecutive championships. They also captured a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl championships. Greco began his coordinator stint in 2006 and worked a rookie quarterback into the system. The result was an eight-win season with three offensive players earning all-MAC honors. The next year, five players were named to the all-conference team. In 2008, the team posted 25 and 41 points in upset wins over the No. 3 and 6 teams in the country.

This will be the 51st meeting between the two schools as the Colonels hold a 30-20 advantage in the series. Delaware Valley posted a dramatic 31-27 comeback win over Wilkes last season at Schmidt Stadium.

Wilkes welcomes defending MAC champion Lycoming College to Schmidt Stadium at 1:00 p.m. on Homecoming 2014. Wilkes will honor its past lettermen and letterwomen at a ceremony at halftime of the contest.

With the 41-7 victory over Misericordia, Trey Brown picked up his first career victory as head coach of the Colonels as well as his first Middle Atlantic Conference win.

Sophomore signal caller Ryan Dailey bounced back for a career performance in the win over Misericordia last week throwing for 212 yards and three scores (all in the first half) against the Cougars. Dailey was good from short to long with touchdown passes of six yards, 13-yards, and 32-yards on the rainy afternoon. For his efforts he was named to the MAC Football weekly honor roll as an honorable mention selection. For the season, Dailey is 17-for-37 passing for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging over 143.5 yards per-game through the air.

The Colonels ground game was jumpstarted in the win over Misericordia as the Colonels finished with 133 yards on 38 attempts including three scores. Senior Ryan Behrmann led the way with 12 carries for 47 yards and one score, while change-of-pace back junior PJ Incremona followed with 10 carries for 42 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. For the season, the Wilkes ground attack is averaging 64 yards per-game and 2.0 yards per-attempt.

The Wilkes receiving corps had its best afternoon this season combining for 11 receptions, 248 yards and three scores. Senior tight end Drew Devitt led the list with three catches for 52 yards including a six-yard touchdown catch from Dailey. Sophomore William Deemer followed with two catches for 85 yards, while senior tight end Jeremy Hartman finished with two grabs for 58 yards including a 32-yard touchdown catch. Senior Tim Bousson caught the other touchdown ball, a 13-yard strike across the middle of the end zone.

The Wilkes defense continued to flex its muscle in week two against Misericordia holding the Cougars to seven points and just 41 yards through the air (5-for-20 passing). The defensive line got to the quarterback once while the secondary recorded a season-high six pass breakups. Rookie Steven Padillas picked off one Cougar pass and returned it 52 yards leading to a Wilkes touchdown late in the third quarter. The Colonel defense is allowing just 124.5 yards of offense through the air this season through two games.

Sophomore linebacker Tanner Stengel and Michael Condrad have anchored the Wilkes defense in the middle making play after play in two games this season. Stengel tops the squad with 17 tackles including 1.0 tackles-for-loss and 1.0 sack. Condrad follows with 16 total tackles and 2.0 tackles-for-loss. The two have combined for 25 solo stops and eight assisted tackles. Senior Nick Gray has gotten to the quarterback twice this year, mostly on blitzing packages.

Offensively, Delaware Valley finished the day with 487 total yards in its 30-20 win at Montclair State in week one and saw the senior tandem of quarterback Aaron Wilmer and wide receiver Rasheed Bailey have games to remember. Wilmer, a three-time all-MAC quarterback who is 26-7 as a starter, completed 22-of-36 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for a score. Bailey, an all-conference honoree last season, was matched up with an All-American cornerback for most of the game and got the best of him as he hauled in 11 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. Senior Chris Smallwood heads the Aggie rushing attack. He netted 61 yards on 20 carries and also caught six passes for 38 yards at Montclair State.

Defensively, Delaware Valley permitted just 105 yards in the first half and 51 yards in the fourth quarter at Montclair State. The unit racked up four sacks on the day. All-conference safety Danny Wynne, who led the team with 112 tackles, tied for top honors in the Montclair State game as he recorded eight stops (four solo). Wynne also added a forced fumble. Sophomore linebacker Frank Law tied Wynne with eight tackles, including 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. One of those stops was a five-yard sack. Junior Rashaad Lighty is back at his natural outside linebacker position after moving to defensive end last season. At Montclair State, Lighty racked up seven tackles (3.5 for losses of 16 yards) and two sacks.