October 22, 2014

WILKES FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. LEBANON VALLEY

Image; John Green
Wilkes Colonels (2-4, 2-3 MAC) vs. Lebanon Valley Dutchmen (1-5, 1-4 MAC)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
Arnold Field

THE MATCHUP
Wilkes takes to the road for the second straight week after falling 59-12 at unbeaten No. 16 Widener University last Saturday in Chester, Pa. After claiming an NCAA berth as co-MAC champions last season, Lebanon Valley is struggling this year standing 1-5 overall and 1-4 in conference games following its first win of the season against Misericordia University 44-16 last week in Annville, Pa. on Homecoming.

THE HEAD COACHES
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.

Jim Monos (Shippensburg ‘72) finished his 21st year as head coach of the Lebanon Valley College football team in 2013, and it turned out to be one of the most historic seasons in program history. The 2013 AFCA Regional and Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, Monos led the Dutchmen to a MAC title and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Monos began his second stint at LVC in 2004 after serving as the Flying Dutchmen head coach from 1986-96. Through the 2013 season, Monos has directed the Dutchmen to a 101-110-2 record, and is the all-time leader in wins at LVC. His 213 games coached is also a school record, and he is the only coach in program history to take the team to four postseason appearances (three ECAC and one NCAA). Prior to taking over the head coaching spot at Lebanon Valley, Monos was the offensive coordinator at Shippensburg University for seven seasons. He earned all-conference honors in football and baseball at Shippensburg. Monos is also a member of the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame.

THE SERIES
This will mark the 43rd meeting between the two schools, as Wilkes holds a 23-19 lead in the series. LVC has taken the last three contests, with the last Wilkes win coming in 2010 in overtime 35-28 in Annville, Pa. LVC claimed a 17-6 decision last year at Schmidt Stadium.

NO. 2 FOR COACH BROWN
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.

COLONELS NOTES
• Wilkes has scored 22 total touchdowns through week six 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 464 total plays through six games this season. No. 16 Widener follows in second with 439 total plays.

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

SCOUTING WILKES OFFENSE (SPREAD)
• The Wilkes offense continues its impressive run through the MAC under the high-octane style of coach Brown and the hurry-up spread attack. Wilkes ranks fourth in scoring offense averaging 25.6 points per-game while ranking fourth in total yards (2,095) and fourth in touchdowns scored (22). The 349.2 yards of total offense ranks fourth in the MAC.

• Sophomore quarterback Ryan Dailey is the fourth-best passer in the MAC throwing for 1,325 yards on 111-of-198 passing and seven scores. His 111 completions ranks third in the MAC behind conference leader Tyler Maurer of FDU’s 117 completions. His 1,325 yards passing is the most since the end of the 2012 season when Alex George threw for 1,368 yards. Dailey has also shown his dual-threat ability this season rushing for 50 yards and three more scores on 54 attempts.

• PJ Incremona has emerged as the top back in the Wilkes rushing attack accumulating 176 yards on 52 carries while scoring four times in six games. Incremona is averaging 29.3 yards per-game, good for fifteenth in the MAC.

• The dynamic trio of receivers of Jeremy Hartman, William Deemer and Jonathan Conklin remain Dailey’s top threats through the air this season. Conklin leads the group with 22 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown, while Hartman and Deemer each have caught 18 passes for 305 and 322 yards respectively. Hartman has scored twice while Deemer reached the end zone once in six games. Deemer and Hartman rank ninth and tenth overall in receiving in the MAC through week six.

SCOUTING WILKES DEFENSE (MULTIPLE)
• The Wilkes defense has forced 11 turnovers in six games including five interceptions and six 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 50 tackles ranking fifth in the MAC in total stops while leading the conference in solo tackles with 38, three ahead of second place Danny Wynne of DVC. Stengel is averaging 8.3 tackles per-game through the Colonels 2-4 start to 2014.

• Corner Marcus Leaf has been a shutdown defender on the outside for Wilkes breaking up five passes for fifth best in the league of all secondary. Leaf also accounts for 22 total tackles and one forced fumble in six games played.

SCOUTING LEBANON VALLEY OFFENSE (MULTIPLE/PRO SET)
• Quarterback Brian Murphy leads the LVC offense throwing for 1,055 yards on 79-for-159 passing. Murphy has posted 11 touchdowns through the air while throwing six interceptions in six games.

• The Dutchmen’s rushing attack begins and ends with Brendon Irving who has accumulated 620 yards on 129 carries (239 total team carries). Irving has found the end zone three times on the ground.

SCOUTING LEBANON VALLEY DEFENSE (3-4)
• The LVC defense is allowing 29.6 points per-game through six contests including four games where opponents have scored 20+ points in Dutchmen losses.

• Reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year Frank Gaffney continues to lead the LVC defense posting a team-high 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. Gaffney was recently named a nominee for the Cliff Harris Award given to the nation’s top small-college defender.