October 14, 2014

DelVal Football - Aggies Vs Mustangs Game Preview

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2014 Delaware Valley College Football
Game #6 at Stevenson University Mustangs 
Saturday, October 18 - 3:00 p.m. 
Mustang Stadium (Owings Mills, Md)

DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The high-powered Delaware Valley College football team will put its undefeated record and national ranking on the line on Saturday, October 18 when it travels to Owings Mills, Maryland to battle fellow Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) school Stevenson University. Kickoff at Mustang Stadium has recently been moved to 3:00 p.m.

The Aggies are coming off their biggest win of the year thanks to last Saturday’s 52-42 Homecoming triumph over previously unbeaten Lycoming College.  The 52 points was the most given up by a Warrior squad since 1949, and it was more than they had allowed in their first five games combined (50). Delaware Valley racked up 611 yards of total offense (Lycoming was allowing an average of 208 yards per game prior to the contest) and rallied from early deficits of 21-7 and 28-14.

The win improved the Aggies to 5-0 overall (4-0 MAC) and they are tied with Widener University for the top spot in the conference standings. They also moved into both national rankings as they are 22nd in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and 24th in the D3football.com poll.

Delaware Valley’s prolific offense has now notched 50 or more points in four straight games for the first time in school history (54 vs Wilkes, 59 vs Lebanon Valley, 56 vs Albright and 52 vs Lycoming). The unit is also ranked in the top 10 nationally in a number of categories, including scoring where it is fourth in Division III with an average of 50.2 points per game. The Aggies are also second in passing efficiency (206.27 rating), sixth in passing yards per completion (18.9 avg), 12th in passing (328.6 yards per game) and ninth in total offense (536.8 yards per game).

The senior trio of quarterback Aaron Wilmer (Philadelphia, PA/George Washington), wide receiverRasheed Bailey (Philadelphia, PA/Roxborough) and tailback Chris Smallwood (Philadelphia, PA/Upper Moreland) pace the offense and are ranked in the Division III top 20 in a combined 16 categories. They have also combined for all five MAC Offensive Player of the Week awards (Bailey twice, Wilmer twice, Smallwood once) in the five weeks that the Aggies have competed this year (they had a bye in week two)

Wilmer put on a clinic against Lycoming and received top conference offensive honors for the effort as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns (all to different receivers) while also rushing for a score as well as a two-point conversion. It marked the fourth time this season that Wilmer threw for more than 300 yards in a game and it was the third straight game with four or more touchdown tosses.

Wilmer is all over the national rankings as he is second in Division III in passing efficiency (205.27 rating), third in points responsible for (26.4 avg), seventh in total offense (358.4 avg), ninth in both passing yards per game (328.6 avg) and passing touchdowns (17), and 11th in passing yards (1,643). He has completed 87 of 135 tosses (64.4%) while also rushing for 149 yards and five scores. 

Bailey is the main target and he leads all of Division III in receiving yards with 903 while ranking second in both yards per game (180.6 avg) and receiving touchdowns (10). He is also 12th in the country in scoring (12.0 avg) and 14th in all-purpose yardage (181.4 avg). He has 37 receptions on the year and has tied or broken the school’s single-game mark for catches (11 tied), receiving yards (252 breaking the previous mark of 251) and receiving touchdowns (4 tied). Against Lycoming, Bailey had nine grabs for 195 yards and one score.

Smallwood, who is in his first year as a starter, has carried the ball 102 times for 691 yards and 10 touchdowns, including 180 yards and one score on 25 handoffs against Lycoming. He is fifth in Division III in rushing touchdowns, 11th in rushing yards per game (138.2 avg), 12th in scoring (12.0 avg) and 14th in rushing yards. Earlier this year, Smallwood set a Delaware Valley record with six rushing touchdowns in the win over Wilkes.

Sophomore tight end Stephen Greco (Shamong, NJ/Seneca), sophomore wideout Mike Jensen (Woodbridge, NJ/Bishop George Ahr), senior wideout Danny Lopez (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty), and freshman wideout Ta’riq Thomas (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) each caught scoring passes in the win over Lycoming. It was the first career scores for both Jensen and Thomas. It was also the first reception for Thomas, who hauled in a 58-yard bomb with just four seconds left in the first half to give Delaware Valley the lead for good at 35-28. The four have combined for 18 receptions for 439 yards and six touchdowns.

Defensively, the Aggies are permittingd 32.4 points and 422.8 yards per game, but they allowed just 14 points over the final 39:23 of the Lycoming contest. They also registered three sacks to up their season total to 18.

Junior safety Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) heads the unit as 2013 all-conference honoree has 49 tackles, one interception and one sack on the year. He had seven stops last week
Sophomore linebackers Chris Kitchen (Hatboro, PA/Upper Moreland) and Frank Law (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) follow with 32 tackles apiece. Law, who had one tackle against Lycoming, is also second on the team in sacks with three. Kitchen had seven stops against the Warriors.

Junior linebacker Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) heads the Aggies with five sacks and he is fourth in tackles with 29. He had four tackles and one sack last Saturday.

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The Mustangs, who are in their fourth intercollegiate season, won their first four games of the year with triumphs over North Carolina Wesleyan (40-19), King’s (7-0), Lebanon Valley (20-14) and Albright (13-6). They then faced Lycoming College on October 4 in a meeting between undefeated teams at the times, and Stevenson suffered a 31-10 road loss to fall to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the MAC. They had the bye last Saturday.

In the Lycoming contest, the Warriors held a 21-7 halftime lead and upped the advantage to 24-7 after three quarters of play. They racked up 391 total yards against Stevenson while the Mustangs were only able to muster 184 yards of their own (99 passing, 85 rushing). 

Stevenson has one of the top defensive units in the conference as it is second in scoring with just 14 points allowed per game. The Mustangs are ranked second in rushing (95.0 avg), third in total yardage (276.4 avg) and sixth in passing (181.4 avg).

Sophomore linebacker Cory Pietrzyk leads the defense with 40 tackles, including 6.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Pietrzyk also has two pass breakups and one sack to his credit.

Senior safety Shane Clough and sophomore cornerback Austin Tennessee follow with 29 and 28 tackles respectively. Clough is also one of two players on the team (junior safety Billy Lewis is the other) with two interceptions. Tennesse has four pass breakups and one pick.

Stevenson’s offense is seventh out of 10 teams in the conference in scoring with an average of 18 points per game. The unit is also sixth in rushing (142.8 avg) and ninth in both passing (98.2 avg) and total yardage (241.0 avg).

Sophomore tailback Trey Lee has four of the team’s 12 touchdowns on the year with three rushing scores and one receiving score. On the ground, he has netted 451 yards on 91 carries and, in the air, he has hauled in three passes for 10 yards.

Three different players have taken snaps at quarterback. Freshman Daniel Williams is listed atop this week’s depth chart and he has completed 15 of 52 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns in three appearances. However, he has been intercepted six times. Senior wideout Anthony Reid is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 121 yards and one trip to the end zone.