October 20, 2014

Widener Football - The Pride's Alex Stewart and Seth Klein take home MAC Weekly honors

Alex Stewart
Annville, PA – A record-setting day for No. 13 Widener on two accounts earned Alex Stewart (Pittsgrove, NJ/Arthur P. Schalick) the honor of the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and fellow sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) the title of MAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Stewart set a school record and tied an NCAA mark with three blocked punts, two of which were returned for touchdowns by senior Ameer Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ), in Widener’s 59-21 victory Saturday over Wilkes.  To put that into perspective, no player in the 134-year history of Widener’s program had more than two blocked punts in a season.

Stewart joins the NCAA record book along with Matt Sheridan of Moravian vs. King’s on September 17, 2005, Don Rodgers of Sewanee vs. Rhodes on October 19, 2002, Andy Waddle of Wittenberg vs. Urbana on September 1, 2000, Scott Lunsford of Maryville (TN) vs. Rhodes on September 26, 1998 and Jim Perryman of Millikin vs. Carroll (WI) on November 1, 1980.

Seth Klein 
Klein just kept marching along, throwing six touchdown passes to tie the school record he now shares with Mike Warker from September 22, 2001 vs. Moravian and Chris Haupt from September 22, 2012 vs. Wilkes. Klein now has 37 career touchdown passes, placing him sixth in school history, and 20 this season.

He completed 23-of-36 passes for 273 yards Saturday and stays fifth in school history with 379 completions.  Klein also has 4,253 career passing yards, now seventh best in Widener annals.

Widener (6-0, 5-0 MAC) stayed undefeated this late in the year for the second time in three seasons, has outscored its opponents 90-13 in the first quarter and still has not yielded a third-quarter point.

The Pride are second in the country in red-zone defense, second in rushing defense with 46.2 yards allowed per game, second in turnover margin, fourth with 7.5 points allowed per contest and sixth with 224.2 yards per game.

Widener returns to the field Saturday at Lycoming (5-1, 4-1) for a 1:30 pm contest in Williamsport, PA.