October 16, 2014

King's Football - The Monarch's Set to Travel to Face FDU-Florham

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Monarch Football looking for third straight win in MAC Saturday at FDU-Florham
WILKES-BARRE – On the heels of an off week, the King's College football team will begin the second half of the 2014 season on Saturday when the Monarchs attempt to secure its third consecutive win of the season with a 1:00 p.m. road game at Middle Atlantic Conference rival FDU-Florham in Robert Shield Field in Madison, NJ.

Tickets for the game are set at $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children age-12 and under shall be admitted free.

The Monarchs are trying to replicate last season's turn around after a slow start in which King's began the 2013 season with an 0-3 mark but rallied to finish 6-4. In 2014, the Monarchs again began the season 0-3 but have won their last two games to currently stand at 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.

King's defeated Lebanon Valley 10-7 in its last game October 4 and have had week off to rest and heal up its roster. King's will look for a third straight win against an FDU-Florham squad that is 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the MAC after the Devils suffered a 38-20 loss to Albright College last week.

The Monarchs won last year's meeting between the teams 52-21 in Wilkes-Barre, but FDU won the two previous meetings between the teams by a 30-14 margin in Madison, NJ in 2012, along with a 17-3 victory in 2011 in Wilkes-Barre.

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The King's-FDU matchup features two teams in the middle of streaks. One looking to continue a pair of streaks while the other hopes to end a streak of their own. King's is hoping to extend its season winning streak to three games while also looking to post a second straight win over FDU. The Devils, meanwhile, are looking to snap a 14-game losing streak dating back to last season. FDU has not won a game since posting a 18-12 win over The College of New Jersey in the Devils' 2013 season-opener. FDU will also look to break of streak of 13 straight losses in the MAC.

This is the 22nd meeting between the programs with King's holding a 14-7 advantage. The Devils have won two of the last three meetings between the teams but King's won last-season's matchup 52-21 in Wilkes-Barre. The Devils last win came via a 30-14 decision in 2012 in Madison, NJ.

Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his fifth season of rebuilding the program at King's and owns a 12-33 career record FDU head coach Brian Surace, a former King's assistant coach in 1995, is in his fourth year with the Devils and is 4-31. Devil defensive coordinator Scott Sperone was also a one-time King's assistant in 2001.

King's improved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the MAC after posting a 10-7 home victory over Lebanon Valley on October 4. King's is coming off a bye week. FDU-Florham is 0-5 and 0-4 in the MAC after a 38-20 road loss to Albright last week in a game the Devils led 14-10 at the half.

After five games King's is ranked sixth in the MAC with 293.8 yards of total offense per-game, averaging 318 yards of total offense per-game. The Monarchs stand seventh in passing yards at 180.8 passing yards and eighth in rushing with 113.0 yards each contest King's also eighth in scoring with a 14.6 points per-game average. Senior quarterback Tyler Hartranft has completed 70-of-138 passes for 894 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He ranks fifth in the MAC with 178.8 passing yards per-game.

Junior running back Patrick Robinson has rushed for 210 yards on 47 carries, averaging 4.5 yards per-carry. He has also caught 17 passes out of the backfield for an additional 188 yards. Senior running back Kyle McGrath has 167 rushing yards on 57 carries and has caught 10 passes for 88 yards. Last week McGrath moved into sixth-place on King's all-time career rushing list with 1,997 yards and needs just three yards to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. McGrath is 163 yards away from surpassing John Ortiz, who rushed for 2,159 yards from 2003-06, to move into sole possession of fifth-place all-time at King's

Senior wide receiver Dan Kempa has caught 28 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.6 receptions and 85.5 receiving yards per-game. He is King's career leader in receptions (119) and receiving yards (2,142). Sophomore tight end Jay Thomas has caught five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown while rookie wide-outTyler Marroni also adds five receptions for 68 yards. Freshman Marquis Miller chips in with four receptions for 28 yards.

FDU enters the game ranked last in the MAC with 221.4 yards of total offense per-game. The Devils do have the fifth-ranked passing offense at 210.4 yards per-game while standing last in the MAC with only 11.0 rushing yards each contest. FDU also stands last in MAC scoring with 10.8 points per-game.

Junior quarterback Tyler Maurer runs the Devil spread offense and has completed 94-of-148 passes for 885 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior Anthony Ognibene leads the FDU ground game with 83 yards on 34 carries and has also caught 15 passes for 127 yards. Sophomore Oscar Torres follows with 25 yards on 13 attempts and has caught 12 passes for 94 additional yards. Freshman wide receiver Malik Pressley has been outstanding with 36 catches for 374 yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Adams has nine receptions for 103 yards and two scores while Joe LeBlanc also adds nine catches for 65 yards. Senior James Ognibene chips in with seven receptions for 97 yards.
The Devils have surrendered 18 quarterback sacks in five games to date.

Defensively, the Monarchs are ranked fourth in the MAC in allowing 303.4 yards of total offense per-game over its first five games. The Monarchs are first in pass defense, yielding 150.6 passing yards and are seventh against the run in allowing 152.8 yards each contest. The Monarchs also stand fourth in scoring defense in permitting teams to score 20.8 points per-game

Sophomore inside linebacker Bobby Russell tops the squad with 54 tackles thus far, including 6.0 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack. Russell leads the MAC with an average of 10.8 tackles per-game. Senior inside linebacker Nick Kaijala has posted 37 stops while senior safety Kris Matthews follows with 34 tackles, an interception, and three pass break-ups. Junior outside linebacker James Burke adds 30 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack while junior safety Anthony Martuccio has tallied 23 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss and two pass-breaks. Freshman linebacker Hassan Maxwellchecks in with 21 tackles with a sack.

Junior cornerback Justin Burke has 20 tackles, an interception, and three pass-breaks while junior defensive end Michael Martina has 14 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. Freshman nose-guard Bob Shaw has 11.0 tackles with a sack while senior defensive lineman Peter Santorelli has 10 tackles. Junior cornerback Tyler Cruz has tallied eight tackles while freshman cornerback Justin Foster also has eight tackles with three interceptions. Rookie safety Jake Manetti chips in with seven stops.

After five games the FDU-Florham defense ranks eighth in the MAC in allowing 388.6 yards per-game. The Devils are ninth against the run at 223.0 yards while standing sixth against the pass in yielding 126.4 yards each contest. FDU is also ninth in scoring defense in allowing 34.4 points per-game.

Jaleel Tyson tops the squad with 32 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss. Rob Savacool follows with 31 stops with 2.5 tackles for loss while Stephen Bick adds 29 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. Troy Scales has registered 25 tackles while Nick Galletta contributes 23 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and three pass break-ups. Nick Barber has posted 11 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss while Chris Fitzgerald and Robert Loneker chip in with 22 tackles apiece.

King's will return home for a 1:00 p.m. MAC meeting with Albright College at McCarthy Stadium. Albright will enter the game coming off a bye week this week.