September 15, 2015

Delaware Valley University Football vs Misericordia Preview

DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The Delaware Valley University football team will look to bounce back from last week’s loss and get to the .500 mark in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play as the Aggies travel to Misericordia University on Saturday, September 19. Kickoff at Mangelsdorf Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

After posting a 27-24 home win over Montclair State University in the season opener, Delaware Valley hit the road to Wilkes University last Friday night to begin conference play. The Aggies scored on their first possession of the game, but suffered a 12-7 setback to the Colonels.

DelVal’s offense struggled in the red zone all evening as it went 0-for-5, including the final drive of the contest which stalled at the 14-yard line. The unit, with nine new starters, is averaging 17 points and 355 yards over the first two games.

Junior transfer Danny Farley (Boonton Township, NJ/DePaul Catholic) is the Aggies’ starting quarterback and he has completed 38 of 69 passes for 453 yards. He was 17-for-35 for 238 yards at Wilkes.

Freshman Eric Shorter (Trenton, NJ/Princeton) and junior Tyler Bing (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) lead the squad with 12 and nine receptions respectively. Shorter, who has 152 yards on the year, grabbed three passes for 40 yards at Wilkes. Bing hauled in four passes for 68 yards to up his season yardage total to 115. Bing has also carried the ball four times for 50 yards and one touchdown.

The DelVal rushing attack features a trio of tailbacks in junior Robert Cleveland (Willingboro, NJ/Willingboro) and sophomores Armani Fuller-Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Mastery Charter) andDevauntay Ellis (Ewing, NJ/Ewing).

Cleveland has carried the ball times 25 times for 100 yards, but was limited to 13 yards on nine rushes last week. Fuller-Williams scored the team’s lone touchdown against Wilkes as he finished the night with 36 yards on five touches. He has eight carries for 60 yards and two scores on the season. Ellis had his first nine carries of the year against Wilkes and they went for a team-best 77 yards.

Defensively, DelVal is permitting 18 points and 369.5 yards per contest. The group has forced two turnovers and racked up two sacks over the opening two games of the year.

Senior linebackers Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and Ethan Snyder (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia) pace the team with 24 and 17 tackles respectively. Smith had 15 stops against Wilkes while Snyder also hit double digits with 10 tackles in the game.

Two-time all-MAC and all-ECAC honoree Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) is tied with Snyder for second on the team in tackles with 17, including seven stops at Wilkes.

Two others players with strong starts to the year are senior linebacker Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) and junior end Aric Boyes (Parksville, NY/Tri-Valley). Lighty, a

2014 all-MAC and all-region honoree, has 12 tackles (nine against Wilkes), one sack and one forced fumble over the two contests. His sack and forced fumble was a critical play in the win over Montclair State as the ball was recovered by a teammate and returned for a score with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Boyes racked up 10 tackles last week to up his season total to 15 (fifth on the team). He also recorded the team’s lone sack against Wilkes.

The Cougars are in just their fourth year of competition. They opened the 2015 campaign with a 42-28 loss at Utica College on September 5 and followed a week later with a 37-7 home setback to MAC foe Lebanon Valley College.

Lebanon Valley scored the first 37 points of the game and racked up 473 yards of total offense, compared to 324 by Misericordia.

Senior Jeff Puckett has been the Cougars’ starting quarterback since stepping onto campus four years ago. He is a big threat in the running game with 46 carries for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Puckett is also 25-for-40 in the air for 236 yards and one score. Last week against Lebanon Valley, he completed 14 of 21 tosses for 147 yards and a touchdown while adding 64 yards on the ground.

Sophomore Mark Rainey follows Puckett with 80 yards on eight carries with seven of the touches and 77 of the yards coming against Lebanon Valley.

On the defensive side of the ball, Misericordia is allowing 39.5 points and 478.5 yards (321.5 avg rushing, 157.0 avg passing) per game. The unit has one interception to its credit.

Seniors Brandon Salazar and Sean Weg lead the Cougars with 16 tackles apiece. Salazar, a safety, had 15 stops last week while Weg, a linebacker, made nine tackles against Lebanon Valley.