November 15, 2014

Widener Football - No. 10 Pride wins 20th MAC Title, 44-28 over No. 15 Delaware Valley

Chester, PA – No. 10 Widener scored 21 points in the decisive third quarter and captured its league-record 20th Middle Atlantic Conference title with a 44-28 victory over 15th-ranked Delaware Valley at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

Widener (10-0, 9-0 MAC) is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in school history, completed it 12th undefeated regular season and moved to 10-0 for the sixth time in team annals. The selection show for the 32-team field takes place Sunday at 6:00 pm on

The Pride, picked to close fourth in the MAC based on a preseason vote by the league’s coaches, also captured the Keystone Cup for 25th time in the 34-year history of the trophy.

With the score deadlocked 14-14 at halftime, Widener received the second-half kickoff and proceeded to take the lead for good. The Pride went 62 yards in just over three minutes before sophomore Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) hit senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) on a 20-yard touchdown pass for a 21-14 contest.

Standout Anthony Davis
(Image: John Green)
The Pride’s drive saw the squad face fourth down and five at the Aggies 39 yard line. The bag of tricks was open for Widener, which saw sophomore personal protector Max Kutler (Cranbury, NJ) race 39 yards on a fake punt with 9:10 to go in the third for a 28-14 game.

Widener then scored on its next drive, going 66 yards in only 22 seconds as Klein found Davis on a 55-yard touchdown pass for a 35-14 game with 5:39 to play. The Aggies moved to 35-21 with 1:34 to play in the quarter when Aaron Wilmer found Rasheed Bailey on a 43-yard touchdown pass for a 35-21 deficit.

Widener in the dominating third quarter had a 179-100 edge in total offense that included 98 rushing yards.

The Pride lengthened their lead in the fourth on a 34-yard field goal from junior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Klein to sophomore Montrell Hicks-Taylor (Newark, DE) for a 44-21 game. Bailed hauled in a 12-yard scoring pass from Wilmer to cap the scoring.

Klein completed 15-of-31 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns with Davis getting six catches for 149 yards and two scores.

The defense again was solid for the Pride with senior Brandon Harper (Blackwood, NJ) getting 10 tackles and fellow senior Kevin Burns (Collingdale, PA) adding nine. Sophomore Sean Titus (Lancaster, PA) had two interceptions to raise his league-leading total to nine with Ameer Sorrell (Port Norris, NJ), fellow senior Jarard Stewart (Bowie, MD) and junior Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, NJ) getting one each.

Widener forced six turnovers today and now has seen the opposition hand it over 32 times this year.

Wilmer completed 24-of-54 passes for 369 yards and three scores for the Aggies (9-1, 8-1). Bailey had nine catches for 152 yards and Chris Smallwood totaled 24 carries for 104 yards.

Senior Terrant Morrison (Smyrna, DE) had two rushing touchdowns in the first half for the Pride. Wilmer threw a seven-yard scoring pass to Bobby Marterella and Rashaad Lighty returned an interception 25 yards for a score for the Aggies.