November 8, 2014

Widener Football - No. 11 Widener Pride Keeps Rolling With 55-6 Victory at King’s

Widener QB Seth Klein (Image: John Green)
Wilkes Barre, PA - No. 11 Widener did not look ahead to its big game next week during today’s encounter, putting up 42 first-half points in a 55-6 Middle Atlantic Conference rout at King’s in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The game was scoreless for a total of 13 seconds before Widener grabbed a 7-0 lead.  Following a short kickoff, Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) found fellow sophomore Montrell Hicks-Taylor (Newark, DE) on a 58-yard touchdown pass over the middle.

The Pride then scored on their next drive for a 14-0 lead.  Klein found sophomore Blaine Price (Jefferson, MD) on a 50-yard strike to the 12 yard line and senior Terrant Morrison (Smyrna, DE) two plays later barreled in from the one with 9:08 to go in the first quarter.

Senior Michael Bennett (Maple Glen, PA), who this week was named Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District, saw his punt for Widener muffed by King’s and recovered by junior Emmanuel Fields (Drexel Hill, PA/Upper Darby).  Two plays later, senior Couve LaFate (Wilmington, DE/Henderson) took it in from two yards 49 seconds into the second quarter for a 21-0 lead.

Widener’s lead increased to 28-0 with 5:17 left in the second when junior Christopher Wickes (Bear, DE) broke several tackles and scampered 42 yards for another touchdown.  This ended a six-play, 67-yard drive that required just over two minutes.

King’s had kept senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) in check before the latter hauled in a diving 36-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 to go in the half for a 35-0 margin.  It was his 39th career touchdown reception, moving him into a tie for fourth place in MAC history.

The defense wanted in on the fun and got it as sophomore Sean Titus (Lancaster, PA) continued his standout campaign at safety, stepping in from of a red-zone pass and going 96 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds left for a 42-0 Widener lead.

It was Titus’ team-leading seventh interception of the campaign, now for 168 return yards.

Widener at halftime owned a 301-172 edge in total offense with just eight minutes, 18 seconds worth of total possession. Klein completed 9-of-14 passes for 208 yards in the half with eight different players getting a reception.  Senior Brandon Harper (Blackwood, NJ) had seven tackles.

After Widener kept its opponents without a third-quarter touchdown for the ninth time this year, Wickes got his second score on a nine-yard run 36 seconds into the final period for a 49-0 margin.

The Monarchs got on the board on their next drive when Tyler Hartranft threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Basquait for a 49-6 contest.

Junior Myles Pressey (Lumberton, NJ) added a nine-yard scoring run as time expired to give Widener eight touchdowns by seven different players and a season-best five rushing touchdowns.

Davis had 57 yards receiving on four receptions to now give him 3,525 receiving yards, breaking the school record of 3,523 previously held by Jim Jones (1999-2001).  Davis also moved into sixth in MAC history with his effort.

Klein completed 14-of-21 passes for 291 yards, giving him 434 career completions to put him third in school history and 5,089 yards that keep him seventh.  Junior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford), who joined Bennett earlier this week on the Academic All-District Team, booted seven extra points to fall one short of his career best.

Price had three catches for 112 yards for the Pride, who closed with a 525-356 edge in total offense that included 211-53 in rushing yards.

Harper ended with seven tackles, Kevin Burns (Collingdale, PA/West Catholic) recorded 2 1/2 tackles for a loss and fellow senior Tyler Glover (Darby, PA/Penn Wood) amassed two sacks for the Pride, who now have won five straight from the Monarchs.

Hartranft completed 22-of-35 passes for 278 yards and Marquis Miller notched six catches for 41 yards for the Monarchs (3-6, 3-5 MAC).

Widener (9-0, 8-0), which entered tops in the country in rushing defense, moved to 9-0 for the eighth time in school history.  It also was ranked third this week in the first NCAA East Regional Rankings of the year.

Widener is home next week for Senior Day and its regular-season finale vs. 17th-ranked Delaware Valley (9-0, 8-0) with both the MAC title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament at stake.  It is the first meeting between the schools with both possessing a 9-0 record.