October 18, 2014

King's Football - Monarchs pick u 45-17 road win over FDUI-Florham

Tyler Hartranft combined for 346 rushing and passing yards as King's downed FDU 45-17
(Photo courtesy of King's Sports Information)
MADISON, NJ -- Tyler Hartranft completed 20-of-33 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a team-high 62 yards as the King's College football team posted a 45-17 over host FDU-Florham on the Devil's Homecoming Day Saturday in Madison, NJ.

With the win, King's evened its record at 3-3 overall while improving to 3-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference. FDU, meanwhile, fell to 0-6 and 0-5.

The Devils took a 7-0 lead on the third possession of the game on the strength of a seven-play, 79-yard drive capped by a one-yard run by Anthony Ognibene with 5:26 left in the first quarter.

King's responded when Dan Kempa took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Mikhal Kniaziewicz added the point-after as the Monarchs tied the game at 7-7 with 5:09 remaining.

Two possessions later King's opened its next drive with a nine-yard pass toAntoine Basquiat to King's 44 before Patrick Robinson broke free with a 45-yard yard pass reception to the Devil nine. On the next play Robinson then raced into the end zone off right tackle to put the Monarchs on top, Kniaziewicz connected on the extra-point kick as the Monarchs took a 14-7 advantage with 1:45 left in the first quarter.

King's defense came up big when FDU drove inside the Monarch 30 as Anthony Martuccio picked off Tyler Maurer at the King's nine and returned the pick 91 yards for a touchdown. Martuccio's return was the longest in King's history, surpassing the previous long of 84 by Tony Pambianco against Hartwick in 2003. Kniaziewicz made good on the conversion kick as King's built a 21-7 lead with 14:38 left in the half.

FDU answered with a five-play, 45-yard drive which ended on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Maurer to bring the Devils within 21-14 with 12:47 remaining in the second quarter.

After FDU forced a King's punt the Devils marched to the Monarch 16. But on the next play Michael Martina sacked Maurer at the King's 24. After an incomplete pass and a short completion the Devils sent in the field goal team. There, Sean Gavin would make good on a 35-yard attempt to bring he Devils to within 21-17 with 8:20 to play in the half.

King's answered on its next possession when Hartranft avoided a sack and raced for 24 yards to midfield. On he next play Hartranft found Kempa for 36 yards to the Devil 14. After a three-yard run by Kyle McGrath an incomplete pass forced the Monarchs into a third-and-seven situation at the Devil 11. A four-yard run by McGrath would forced the Monarchs to attempt a 24-yard field goal. From there Kniaziewicz made good on the kick to cap a nine-play, 78-yard drive as King's stretched the lead to 24-17 with 3:41 left in the half.

The Monarch defense would forced a Devil punt and assumed possession at the King's 37 with 1:47 on the clock. King's used a 14-yard pass to Tyler Marroni, an eight-yarder to Robinson and a 12-yard hookup to Marroni to give King's a first down at the Devil 38. Three plays later Hartranft hit Robinson for a 19-yard scoring strike with 0:39 on the clock. The point-after gave King's a 31-17 lead at the half.

King's extended the lead on its third possession of the third quarter when the Monarchs drove 51 yards on nine plays, capped by a six-yard touchdown run by Kyle McGrath. The extra-point gave King's a 38-17 lead with 5:46 on the clock.

King's again found the end zone on he first play of the fourth quarter when Hartranft hooked up with Kempa on a nine-yard scoring play to take a 45-17 lead with 14:55 left in the contest.

McGrath rushed for 37 yards on 12 carries and became the sixth player in King's history to surpass the 2,000-yard career rushing mark.

Robinson rushed for 38 yards on nine carries with a touchdown and added four receptions for 81 yards and one score. Kempa caught four passes for 80 yards and one touchdown while returning three kickoffs for 126 yards and a score. Tyler Marronicaught three passes for 42 yards while Jay Thomas added three receptions for 37 yards.

Sophomore punter Eric Haenggi had a big game with three punts for 155 yards, averaging 51.7 yards and two kicks inside the FDU 20-yard line.

King's outgained FDU 467-367 in total yards. The Monarchs rushed for 163 yards on 37 carries compared to just seven for FDU on 18 carries. The Devils had 362 passing yards while the Monarchs threw for 304.

Defensively, Kris Matthews led King's with 10 tackles while Bobby Russell and Nick Kaijala added six each. Justin Foster had four tackles and added his fourth interceptions of he season.

Next week the Monarchs will travel to Reading to face MAC rival Albright College at 1:00 p.m. Shirk Stadium.