October 4, 2014

Widener Football - No. 18 Widener Football Cruises to a 44-0 Win at Misericordia

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The juggernaut that is Widener’s 18th-ranked football team opened another big lead and cruised from there, remaining undefeated with a 44-0 Middle Atlantic Conference blanking of Misericordia in Dallas, PA.

As has been customary, Widener wasted little time to crack the scoreboard.  On its first drive, the Pride needed just three plays as sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA) found a wide-open senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) for a 63-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes.

Widener’s defense forces a three-and-out before the special teams struck.  Senior Ameer Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ) rushed in and blocked Patrick Newins’ punt before returning it11 yards for a score with 10:43 left in the first for a 13-0 cushion.

The Pride’s second drive resulted in another score, this time when Klein found senior Brian DiGiovanni (Glen Mills, PA) wide open over the middle for a 14-yard scoring pass and a 20-0 lead with 6:59 to play in the stanza.  The 82-yard march needed just 98 seconds and seven plays to complete.

Widener (5-0, 4-0 MAC) in the first owned a 226-66 advantage in total offense with Klein completing 8-of-12 passes for 169 yards.  Davis ended the period with four receptions for 111 yards for the Pride, who now have outscored their opponents 83-7 in the opening quarter this year.

Davis and Klein hooked up again to increase the margin, this time on a 14-yard scoring pass just 37 seconds into the second quarter for a 27-0 margin.  Sophomore Sean Titus (Lancaster, PA) then had an interception to the 18 yard line and senior Couve LaFate (Wilmington, DE/Henderson) followed with a touchdown run with 8:58 left in the half for a 34-0 cushion.

Senior Terrant Morrison (Smyrna, DE) then broke off a career-best 69-yard run to the Cougars eight yard line that set up the latest score, a 32-yard field goal from junior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) for a 37-0 lead with 3:08 left.

Klein ended the half completing 12-of-19 passes for 208 yards for the Pride, who held a 376-90 edge in total offense for that period and a 17-3 advantage in first downs.  Davis recorded six catches for 131 yards in the half and Morrison had eight carries for 130 yards.

Klein and Davis hooked up for the third time in the contest to open the second half.  Completing a 77-yard drive that needed just under two minutes, the Pride saw Davis haul in a four-yard scoring pass for the final.

Davis had yet another solid game with eight catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.  Last season’s MAC Offensive Player of the Year now moves into a tie for seventh place in MAC history with 36 career touchdowns and is eighth in league annals with 211 career receptions.

Klein completed 14-of-22 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns.  Last year’s MAC and ECAC South Rookie of the Year now moves into fifth place in school history with 356 career completions.

Morrison’s effort is not to be forgotten, closing with a career-best 173 yards on nine carries for the Pride, who ended with a 623-154 edge in total offense that included 374-45 in rushing yards.

Brandon Harper (Blackwood, NJ) and fellow senior Kevin Burns (Collingdale, PA) each had five tackles and a tackle for a loss for the Pride, who now have forced 14 turnovers this season.

The Pride, who still have not allowed a third-quarter point all season, have outscored the Cougars 111-0 in the two meetings in Dallas.

Jeff Puckett completed 10-of-17 passes for just 65 yards and Colton Pyne had four carries for 49 yards for the Cougars (1-4, 1-3).

The victory gives coach Mike Kelly five wins to open his Widener career, breaking the mark 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 has a bye next week before hosting Wilkes for Homecoming Weekend on October 18 at 1:00 pm.