October 15, 2014

Wilkes Football - Colonel Game Notes Vs No. 17 Widener

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Wilkes Colonels (2-3, 2-2 MAC) vs. Widener Pride (5-0, 4-0 MAC)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium

Fresh off its bye week, Wilkes University takes to the road for the second time this year playing at unbeaten No. 17 Widener University Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Leslie C. Quick Stadium. Wilkes is looking for its third MAC victory of the year after posting a 52-21 victory over FDU-Florham on October 4. Widener, also coming off a bye week, remained unbeaten with a 44-0 win at Misericordia University two weeks ago.

Colonels coach Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) enters his first year at the helm of the program in 2014. Brown comes to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams’ coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team. Brown coordinated an offense that averaged 32.3 points in league games in 2008 and 27.3 points in 2009. Lehigh scored more than 80 percent of the time it reached the Red Zone both seasons, including a Patriot League-best 87.9-percent efficiency in 2008.

Mike Kelly (Bluffton ‘80) is in his first season as head football coach at Widener. At the collegiate level, Kelly served as head football coach at NCAA Division II Valdosta State University in Georgia from 1997-99 where he led the team to a 16-15 record and coached three All-America and 23 All-Gulf South Conference players. He also served as associate head coach at San Francisco State University (1990-92), offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Capital University in Columbus, OH (1987-90), offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-87), running backs coach at Marietta College in Marietta, OH (1983-86), and wide receivers coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1982-83). Since leaving Valdosta State, Kelly spent most of his career in the professional ranks, serving as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2009. Kelly also served as offensive coordinator for the Blue Bombers (1992-96), offensive consultant and NFL Scout for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos (2000) and Eskimos receivers coach (2008).

This will mark the 30th meeting between the two schools, as Widener holds a 17-11-1 advantage in the series. Widener posted a 21-0 win in Edwardsville last season. Prior to last season’s defeat, Wilkes handed Widener a 35-27 loss in 2011, one of only two losses for the Pride that season.

Wilkes continues their road stretch in October on the 25th with an away contest at Lebanon Valley at1:00 p.m.

With the 52-21 victory over FDU-Florham in week five, Trey Brown picked up his second career victory as head coach of the Colonels as well as his second Middle Atlantic Conference win.

• Wilkes has scored 20 total touchdowns through week five in 2014 after scoring 29 touchdowns in all of 2013 a year ago.

• The Wilkes offense ran an NCAA Division III regulation record 113 plays at Delaware Valley in week three posting 35 points in the 54-35 defeat. Wilkes tops the Middle Atlantic Conference running 382 total plays through five games this season. Widener follows in second with 363 total plays.

• A school-record 12 Colonels caught passes in the game against the Aggies.

• The Wilkes offense is starting to find its rhythm under the high-octane style of coach Brown and the hurry-up spread attack. Wilkes ranks fourth in scoring offense averaging 28.4 points per-game while ranking fifth in total yards (1,775) and fourth in touchdowns scored (20). The 355.0 yards of total offense ranks fourth in the MAC.

• Sophomore quarterback Ryan Dailey is the fourth-best passer in the MAC throwing for 1,030 yards on 85-of-153 passing and six scores. His 85 completions ranks fourth in the MAC behind conference leader Tyler Jenny of Lycoming’s 112 completions. Dailey has also shown his dual-threat ability this season rushing for 47 yards and three more scores on 48 attempts.

• PJ Incremona has emerged as the top back in the Wilkes rushing attack accumulating 168 yards on 45 carries while scoring four times in five games. Incremona is averaging 33.6 yards per-game, good for eleventh in the MAC.

• Tight end Jeremy Hartman remains Dailey’s top threat through the air posting 15 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Hartman averages 52.8 yards per-game through five contests for Wilkes ranking ninth overall in the MAC.

• The Wilkes defense has forced eight turnovers in five games including five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Jared Powell anchors the secondary with two picks and one forced fumble from his safety position.

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel tops the Colonels with 42 tackles ranking fifth in the MAC in total stops and second in the conference in solo tackles with 31, four behind leader Frank Gaffney of LVC’s 35. Stengel is averaging 8.4 tackles per-game through the Colonels 2-3 start to 2014.

• Corner Marcus Leaf has been a shutdown defender on the outside for Wilkes breaking up four passes for sixth best in the league. Leaf also accounts for 16 total tackles and one forced fumble in five games played.

• The high-powered Pride offense enters the game averaging 35.8 points per-game doing most of its damage through the air this season with 15 of 23 touchdowns scored in the passing game.

• Quarterback Seth Klein has thrown for 1,171 yards on 71-for-114 passing including 14 touchdowns. His top target remains pre-season All-American wide receiver Anthony Davis who has posted a league-best 29 receptions for 469 yards and five scores.

• Defensively Widener is holding opponents to a MAC-low 6.6 points per-game including just 50.8 yards on the ground per-game and 154.2 yards through the air per-contest.

• Widener boasts four players with at least twenty tackles including Brandon Harper who leads the unit with 32 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks.