November 5, 2014

Wilkes Football - Game Notes vs. Stevenson (New Kick-off Time of 12:00 p.m.)

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Wilkes makes its final road trip of the 2014 campaign traveling to Owings Mills, Maryland for a Middle Atlantic Conference matchup with Stevenson University. Wilkes looks to end a three-game slide after falling in overtime 36-35 against Albright at Schmidt Stadium last week. Stevenson dropped a 34-23 decision to No. 13 Widener University in Chester, Pa. last Saturday. After starting the year 4-0, Stevenson has lost three of its last four games.

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.

Ed Hottle (Frostburg State ‘99) enters his fourth season at the helm of the Stevenson University football program. The first head coach in the program’s history, last season Hottle led the Mustangs to four wins, including three in the MAC. Stevenson started the season 3-0 and led the conference in passing defense while ranking fourth in sacks and interceptions. In 2012, the Mustangs finished third in the MAC in rushing offense while boasting the MAC Rookie of the Year and setting a school record in rushing yards. Hottle led Stevenson to the first win in school history on Sept. 10, 2011 with a 46-43 double overtime victory over Christopher Newport in front of a sellout crowd of 3,500 fans at Mustang Stadium. He later led the Mustangs to their first-ever win in the Middle Atlantic Conference with a 36-13 victory at FDU-Florham on Oct. 30, 2011 in the “Snow Game.”

This will be the third meeting between the two schools as Wilkes holds a 3-0 advantage in the series. Last season the Colonels posted a 21-17 win at Schmidt Stadium and in 2012 Wilkes claimed a 38-35 decision in Owings Mills on a Jordan Fredo 20-yard field goal.

Wilkes concludes the 2014 season hosting cross-town rival King’s College at 12:00 p.m. at Schmidt Stadium in the 19th annual Mayor’s Cup game and Senior Day.

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 27 total touchdowns through week eight 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 634 total plays through eight games this season. No. 13 Widener follows in second with 597 total plays.

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

• 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 fifth in scoring offense averaging 23.6 points per-game while ranking fifth in total yards (2,716) and fifth in touchdowns scored (27). The 339.5 yards of total offense ranks fifth in the MAC.

• Sophomore quarterback Ryan Dailey is the fourth-best passer in the MAC throwing for 1,719 yards on 148-of-272 passing and ten scores. His 148 completions ranks second in the MAC behind conference leader Tyler Jenny of Lycoming’s 149 completions. His 1,719 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 79 yards and four more scores on 66 attempts.

• PJ Incremona has emerged as the top back in the Wilkes rushing attack accumulating 232 yards on 74 carries while scoring five times in eight games. Incremona is averaging 29.0 yards per-game, good for sixteenth 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 26 receptions for 401 yards and five touchdowns. His best effort came last week (named to MAC weekly Honor Roll) when he caught three touchdowns including the game-tying grab late in the fourth quarter.
Deemer adds 24 catches for 391 yards and one score while Conklin paces with 23 receptions for 247 yards and one touchdown. Bousson has also emerged over the past two games recording a season total of 27 catches for 313 yards and two scores.

• The Wilkes defense has forced 14 turnovers in eight games including eight interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Jared Powell anchors the secondary with three picks and one forced fumble from his safety position.

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel tops the Colonels with 77 tackles ranking second in the MAC in total stops while leading the conference in solo tackles with 52, thirteen ahead of second place Danny Wynne of DVC. Stengel is averaging 9.6 tackles per-game through the Colonels 2-6 start to 2014.
• 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 26 total tackles and one forced fumble in eight games played.

• The Stevenson offense does most of its damage on the ground rushing for 13 total touchdowns and 1,069 yards through eight games. Trey Lee, the MAC’s sixth-best rusher, leads the list of ball carriers rushing 123 times for 660 yards and seven scores. Emmanuel Paul follows with 36 carries for 130 yards and one scores, while Marcus Holley provides a change of pace with 25 carries and 122 yards.

• Stevenson has used two freshman quarterbacks under canter this year with Jeff Farrah receiving most of the snaps posting 708 yards on 53-of-94 passing and four touchdowns. Daniel Williams has accounted for 185 yards on 15-of-52 passing and three more scores through the air for the Mustangs.

• The Mustangs boast the second-best defense in the MAC allowing opponents just 303.4 total yards per-game and 16 touchdowns. Cory Pietrzyk and Billy Lewis lead the unit posting 51 and 41 tackles respectively. Lewis also adds two interceptions.