October 14, 2014

No. 13 Widener Football Ranked Fourth In First Division III Lambert Meadowlands Poll

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Danbury, CT – Another ranking was bestowed upon Widener’s football team as it is slated fourth according to the first Lambert Meadowlands Poll, which is conducted by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).

It is yet another bright spot for the Pride, who are ranked 13th in the country according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and 17th by D3Football.com.  The Lambert Meadowlands Poll also is held for Division I FBS, Division I FCS and Division II.

The Pride (5-0, 4-0 MAC) have had plenty of reasons why they are off to yet another strong start.  A great deal of credit goes to All-America receiver/returner Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester), who is the reigning Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and has been picked first team all-league three times.  Davis is first in school history with 5,654 career all-purpose yards, 216 career receptions and 1,561 career kickoff return yards.  He also is second with 36 touchdown receptions, third with 3,180 receiving yards, third with 809 punt return yards and fifth with 40 touchdowns.

This season, Davis is 15th in the nation with 15.5 yards per punt return, second in the MAC with 93.8 receiving yards per game, tied for third with five touchdown catches, third with 5.8 receptions per game and sixth with 12.8 all-purpose yards per contest.

Sophomore quarterback Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) also is playing great one year after he was tabbed MAC and ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Already fifth in school history with 356 career touchdowns, Klein is tied for second in the MAC with 14 touchdown passes, third with 234.2 passing yards per game, third with 239.4 yards of total offense per contest and fourth with a .623 completion percentage.

The defense also has had a major say in Widener’s unblemished mark.  It is second in the nation with 50.8 rushing yards allowed per game, fourth with 6.6 points yielded per contest, seventh with 205.0 yards allowed per game, fourth in red-zone defense and second in turnover margin (15:1).  The Pride have shutouts in their last two games, have outscored their opponents 83-7 in the first quarter and have not yielded a third-quarter point.

First-year coach Mike Kelly has five wins to open his Widener career, breaking the mark of four he previously shared with Bill Zwaan (1997) and Edwin Stearns (1902).  The school record for the longest unbeaten streak to begin a career is held by Dutch Sommer, who went 5-0-2 in his only season in 1913.

Widener opens the second half of the regular season Saturday on Homecoming Weekend against Wilkes, starting at 1:00 pm.