May 28, 2015

Delaware Valley University Announces 2015 Football Schedule

Head coach Duke Greco (Photo by John Green)
DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Head coach Duke Greco and the Delaware Valley University football team has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2015 season, a slate that includes three night games including the second-ever contest under the home lights.

Greco, in his rookie campaign, led the Aggies to wins in their first nine games, en route to a 9-2 overall record (8-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) and an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs. It was the sixth consecutive trip to the postseason and the 11th time in the last 12 years for Delaware Valley. The Aggies also produced a pair of players who garnered pro contracts in wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles) and quarterback Aaron Wilmer (CFL’s BC Lions).

Quarterback Aaron Wilmer
(Photo by John Green)
Delaware Valley will open the 2015 campaign on Saturday, September 5 (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts non-conference foe Montclair State University for its annual Hall of Fame Game (induction ceremony at halftime). The Aggies played the Red Hawks last year for the first time since 2000 and produced a 30-20 road triumph. Montclair State won eight of its following nine games and just missed out on the NCAA playoffs.

Conference play for Delaware Valley begins the following week and the Aggies will hit the road for three of their first four MAC contests. It starts with a Friday night affair (September 11 – 7:00 p.m.) under the lights at a Wilkes University squad that went 2-8 in 2014. Eight days later, they go back up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Dallas and a 1:00 p.m. with Misericordia University. The Cougars, entering its fourth year of varsity play, were 1-9 last season.

Wide Receiver Rasheed Bailey
(Photo by John Green)
Delaware Valley will then host a night game for just the second time in program history when King’s College comes to town on Saturday, September 26 (7:00 p.m.). The Monarchs, who went 4-6 a season ago, dropped a 24-21 decision to the Aggies last year, the smallest point margin in Delaware Valley’s nine victories. The Aggies will be back under the Friday night lights the following week (October 2 – 7:00 p.m.) when they travel to Madison, New Jersey to take on a FDU-Florham squad that suffered through a winless campaign in 2014.

Homecoming and Family Day provides the setting for Delaware Valley on Saturday, October 10 (12:00 p.m.) when it hosts Stevenson University. The Mustangs, set a school record, with eight wins (8-3) and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southeast Bowl title. One of their three setbacks was a 35-13 home decision to the Aggies.

Delaware Valley will have its bye week following the Stevenson contest and it will prepare for a four-week stretch run that includes three games against opponents who had winning records last year. The first is a bus ride to Reading and a meeting with Albright College on Saturday, October 24 (1:00 p.m.). The Lions produced a 6-5 mark (56-24 loss to Delaware Valley) and reached the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl contest in 2014.

The following Saturday, the Aggies will play host to Lebanon Valley College for Military Service Day (1:00 p.m.). The Flying Dutchmen, who won the MAC and went to the NCAAs in 2013, slipped to 3-7 last season, including a 59-41 shootout with Delaware Valley.

The Aggies’ final road contest of the regular season will take place on Saturday, November 7 (1:00 p.m.) as they make the three-hour trip to Williamsport and a battle with Lycoming College. The Warriors lost just two games last year (8-2) and one of those were to Delaware Valley. The two were undefeated when they met in Doylestown on October 11 and the Aggies sent their large Homecoming crowd home happy with a 52-42 triumph.

The regular-season finale, Senior Day and the Keystone Cup will provide the setting for Delaware Valley on Saturday, November 14 (1:00 p.m.) when its hosts archrival Widener University. Their meeting in Chester last year had added significance as both teams were 9-0 and the MAC title and automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs was on the line. A standing-room only crowd saw the Pride notch a 44-28 victory and they went on to reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals and finish 12-1.

Greco is expecting 11 starters back from last year’s squad with four on the offensive side and seven on the defense. Among the starters are senior all-region honorees Rashaad Lighty (linebacker) and Danny Wynne (safety). Preseason camp begins on Thursday, August 13.

2015 Delaware Valley College Football Schedule

Saturday, September 5 vs Montclair State University (Hall of Fame Game), 1 p.m.

Friday, September 11 at Wilkes University, 7 p.m.*

Saturday, September 19 at Misericordia University, 1 p.m.*
Saturday, September 26 vs King’s College, 7 p.m.*

Friday, October 2 at FDU-Florham, 7 p.m.*
Saturday, October 10 vs Stevenson University (Homecoming & Family Day), 12 p.m.*
Saturday, October 17 – Bye Week
Saturday, October 24 at Albright College, 1 p.m.*
Saturday, October 31 vs Lebanon Valley College (Military Service Day), 1 p.m.*
Saturday, November 7 at Lycoming College, 1 p.m.*
Saturday, November 14 vs Widener University (Senior Day & Keystone Cup), 1 p.m.*

* Middle Atlantic Conference Game