October 6, 2014

Delaware Valley Football - Biggest Division III Showdown in Some Time Features Warriors Vs Aggies

A WOLnews 2012 File Photo - Lycoming Vs DelVal (Image: John Green)
DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Undefeated Delaware Valley College (4-0 overall, 3-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) hosting undefeated Lycoming College (5-0 overall, 4-0 MAC) on Saturday, October 11(noon kickoff) for Homecoming.

"It will be one of the biggest showdowns in all of Division III as the two teams have combined to win outright or share the MAC championship in five of the last six years and eight of the last 11."

Enough said.

It will be one of the biggest showdowns in all of Division III as the two teams have combined to win outright or share the MAC championship in five of the last six years and eight of the last 11. The winner will join Widener University (5-0, 4-0 MAC) as the lone remaining undefeated teams in the conference as the Pride have a bye week. Delaware Valley is 24th in the coaches’ poll and receiving votes in theD3football.com polls while the Warriors, who were co-champions in the MAC last year, are as high as 20th in the rankings.

2012 WOLnews File Photo - Warriors Vs DelVal (Image: John Green)
Just a combined 20 points have separated the two teams in its last three meetings. Delaware Valley scored on a late touchdown by then rookie quarterback Aaron Wilmer (Philadelphia, PA/George Washington) for a 28-21 victory in Williamsport in 2011. The Warriors returned the favor the next year with a 24-14 win in Doylestown and then held off the Aggies with a late interception and a 19-16 home victory last season.

One of the key match-ups in the upcoming battle will be the potent Delaware Valley offense against the always-tough Lycoming defense. The Aggies are tops in the MAC and ranked sixth nationally with an average of 49.8 points per game. They are also first in the MAC and in the top 20 in Division III in both passing (17th – 315.8 yards per game) and total offense (15th – 518.3 yards per game).

Meanwhile, the Warriors are second in the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally as they are allowing just 10 points (10th) and 208 total yards (sixth) per game. They lead the MAC and are seventh in Division III in passing defense with just 126.3 yards allowed per contest.

Delaware Valley remained undefeated thanks to a 56-24 home rout of Albright College last Saturday. The Aggies held a 21-17 lead before they scored with eight seconds to go in the first half. They then outscored the Lions, 28-7, in the second half and became the first team in school history to post 50 or more points in three consecutive games (54-35 over Wilkes on September 20 and 59-41 at Lebanon Valley on October 27). They finished the day with 554 total yards on just 63 plays (8.8 avg).

It was another record-breaking day for senior wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (Philadelphia, PA/Roxborough) as he is having a season to remember. Bailey was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year as he caught nine passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns against Albright. The yardage total broke the school’s single-game mark of 251 that was set by the late Don Marshall in a 2005 game at Juniata College, and he tied the mark for receiving touchdowns for the second straight week as he also had four scoring grabs at Lebanon Valley. Earlier this year at Montclair State University, he tied the Aggies’ single-game mark for receptions with 11

For the season, Bailey has 28 catches for 708 yards (25.3 avg) and nine trips to the end zone. His average of 177 receiving yards per game leads all of Division III while his receiving touchdown total is second behind only Matt Boyne of Gustavus Adolphus (11).

Wilmer is at the throwing end of Bailey’s big season and the veteran is having a year of his own as well. The four-year starter (28-7) and three-time all-MAC quarterback followed his four passing touchdown, two rushing touchdown performance at Lebanon Valley –where he was the MAC Offensive Player of the Week – with five combined scores (four passing, one rushing) against Albright. He finished the day by completing 14 of 19 passes for 308 yards and running for another 48 yards.

Wilmer is 66-for-108 for 1,263 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the air and has added 142 yards and four scores on the ground through the first four games of the campaign. He is eighth in Division III in passing efficiency (192.31 rating), 12th in passing yards per game (315.8 avg) and 16thwith his total of 12 touchdown tosses.

Senior tailback Chris Smallwood (Philadelphia, PA/Upper Moreland), who had 213 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in the win over Wilkes back in September, is the leading rusher in the MAC (yards per game) as he has carried the ball 77 times for 511 yards and nine touchdowns (ranked fifth in Division III). He got the call 20 times against Albright and netted 150 yards with one trip to the end zone.

Defensively, Delaware Valley is allowing an average of 30 points and 413.3 yards per game. The unit allowed a season-low 303 yards against Albright while notching four sacks and two interceptions in the game.

Junior safety Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) had one of those sacks and one of those interceptions to go along with eight tackles last week. A first-team, all-MAC honoree in 2013, Wynne leads the Aggies with 42 tackles.

Sophomore linebacker Chris Kitchen (Hatboro, PA/Upper Moreland) made his first collegiate start last Saturday and responded with a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. Kitchen is tied for third on the team in tackles with 25.

Fellow sophomore and linebacker Frank Law (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) is second on the Delaware Valley squad in both tackles (31) and sacks (3). He notched seven stops, one sack and one pass breakup against Albright.


The Warriors had a “battle of the unbeatens” last Saturday as well and they posted a 31-10 home triumph over Stevenson University. They scored 17 unanswered points over the second and third quarters to break a 7-7 tie and cruised from there. Lycoming’s offense netted 391 yards while its defense permitted just nine first downs and 184 total yards. The team racked up seven sacks on the afternoon and the unit is ranked fourth in Division III with 23 quarterback takedowns on the year.

Junior defensive end Cole Welham leads the Warriors and the MAC in sacks with six and half of his 20 tackles on the year have been behind the line of scrimmage. He had two tackles and one sack against Stevenson.

Two other players to watch on the defensive side of the ball are fellow juniors Brian Campbell andMike Gentile. Campbell, a linebacker, paces the squad with 34 tackles, including six stops last week. Gentile, a safety, has three interceptions to go along with 24 tackles (six against Stevenson).

While the Lycoming defense gets a lot of attention, its offense is no slouch either as they are third in the MAC with averages of 30.8 points and 377.2 yards per game. Senior running back and preseason All-American Craig Needhammer is the Warriors’ all-time leader in scoring (222 points) and just one of three players to go over the 3,000-yard rushing mark for a career (3,002). He netted 113 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against Stevenson and it upped his season totals to 123 carries for 531 yards and nine scores.

Senior Tyler Jenny is the team’s signal-caller and he has completed 84 of 128 passes on the year for 1,094 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. Last week, he was 19-for-27 for 215 yards and two scoring tosses.

Wideouts Ryan Umpleby and John Sibel have combined for 42 receptions for 587 yards and five touchdowns. Umpleby, a junior, has 23 grabs for 327 yards and three scores, including a four-reception, 46-yard effort last week. Sibel, a senior whose twin brother Zach is a member of Delaware Valley’s men’s basketball team, caught five passes for 32 yards against Stevenson to up his season totals to 19 receptions for 260 yards.