November 13, 2014

Wilkes Football - Colonels Game Notes vs. King’s (Mayor’s Cup Game)

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Wilkes concludes its 2014 campaign hosting cross-town rival King’s College on Senior Day and the 19th annual Mayor’s Cup game. The two schools are seperated by a few blocks geographically. Wilkes fell 33-14 at Stevenson University last week in its final road trip of the season while King’s dropped a 55-6 decision to No. 12 Widener University in its home finale.


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.

Jeff Knarr (East Stroudsburg ‘94) enters his fifth season at the helm of the King’s College football program. Knarr came to King’s after serving 11 years as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg where has spent the last four years as offensive coordinator while serving as the program’s quarterbacks-receiving coach and recruiting coordinator since 2001. As the offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Jeff Knarr was instrumental in helping the Mule program to six Centennial Conference championships and five NCAA Division III National Playoff berths, including berths in 2007 and 2008. He joined the Muhlenberg staff in 1999 where he served as the defensive line coach for two seasons. During his 11 years at Muhlenberg, Knarr helped the Mules to a combined 78-40 record, including a 49-19 mark in Centennial Conference games. In addition, Muhlenberg won or shared six Centennial Conference championships and earned five berths into the NCAA Division III National Playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.


Wilkes holds a 20-7 lead in the overall series between the teams. The Mayor’s Cup Game will take place for the 19th time after being established in 1996. The Colonels also hold a 13-5 lead in Mayor’s Cup games since the teams began playing for the cup in 1996. The Mayor’s Cup tradition began with former Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas McGroarty and has remained intact through today with current Mayor Thomas Leighton, a 1982 King’s graduate, presiding.


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 29 total touchdowns through week nine 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 712 total plays through nine games this season. No. 12 Widener follows in second with 654 total plays.

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

• Sophomore quarterback Ryan Dailey has the chance to go over the 2,000-yard mark passing, becoming the first Colonel to hit the mark since Al Karaffa in 2005 who finished with 2,157 yards passing.


• 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 seventh in scoring offense averaging 22.6 points per-game while ranking sixth in total yards (2,985) and fifth in touchdowns scored (29). The 331.7 yards of total offense ranks sixth in the MAC.

• Sophomore quarterback Ryan Dailey is the fourth-best passer in the MAC throwing for 1,933 yards on 173-of-316 passing and eleven scores. His 173 completions is tied for tops in the MAC with Tyler Jenny of Lycoming’s 173 completions. His 1,719 yards passing is the most since the end of the 2005 season when Al Karaffa threw for 2,157 yards. Dailey has also shown his dual-threat ability this season rushing for 63 yards and four more scores on 70 attempts.

• PJ Incremona has emerged as the top back in the Wilkes rushing attack accumulating 281 yards on 92 carries while scoring six times in nine games. Incremona is averaging 31.2 yards per-game, good for fourteenth in the MAC.

• The dynamic foursome of receivers of Jeremy Hartman, William Deemer, Tim Bousson and Jonathan Conklin remain Dailey’s top threats through the air this season. Hartman leads the group posting 33 receptions for 479 yards and six touchdowns. His best effort came two weeks ago (named to MAC weekly Honor Roll) against Albright when he caught three touchdowns including the game-tying grab late in the fourth quarter. Deemer adds 28 catches for 417 yards and one score while Conklin paces with 24 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown. Bousson has also emerged over the past three games recording a season total of 34 catches for 387 yards and two scores.


• The Wilkes defense has forced 15 turnovers in nine games including nine interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Jared Powell anchors the secondary with three picks and one forced fumble from his safety position while corner Omar Richardson also adds three interceptions.

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel tops the Colonels with 89 tackles topping the MAC in total stops while also leading the conference in solo tackles with 59, eight ahead of second place Colton Ryan of Albright. Stengel is averaging 9.9 tackles per-game and can join Tate Moore-Jacobs (2013) as the last Colonel to reach the 100-tackle plateau.

• Corner Marcus Leaf has been a shutdown defender on the outside for Wilkes breaking up seven passes for third best in the league of all secondary. Leaf also accounts for 31 total tackles and one forced fumble in nine games played.


• The King’s offense shows good balance on the ground and through the air accounting for 10 rushing touchdowns and nine scores in the passing game. Senior quarterback Tyler Hartranft leads the King’s offense completing 148-of-263 passes for 1,847 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hartranft has also rushed for 223 yards on 78 carries.

• Senior running back Kyle McGrath leads the ground game with 455 rushing yards on 124 carries with four touchdowns. Senior wideout Dan Kempa is the King’s deep threat catching 56 balls for 764 yards and six scores.


• The King’s defense is allowing 25.6 points per-game while creating six turnovers through nine games including four picks and two fumble recoveries.

• Bobby Russell is King’s do-everything linebacker topping the squad with 79 tackles (9.0 tackles-for-loss) and one sack in nine games played.