September 8, 2015

Delaware Valley University Vs Wilkes Scouting Report

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Delaware Valley University and Wilkes University will open up Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play under the lights for the second straight year, this time on a Friday night and in Edwardsville as the two will meet at Schmidt Stadium on September 11. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The two squared off in September last season as the Aggies hosted their first-ever night game. A wild contest saw the teams combine for 89 points and 972 yards while the Colonels ran off 113 plays, a Division III regulation record. In the end, eventual All-American Chris Smallwood ran for 213 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in Delaware Valley’s 54-35 triumph. The Aggies finished the year with a 9-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs while Wilkes struggled to a 2-8 mark.

This season, DelVal is receiving votes in the Top 25 poll following its 27-24 triumph over Montclair State University in last Saturday’s home and season opener. It marked the third straight year and the sixth time in the last seven years that the Aggies opened a campaign with a win.

DelVal’s lineup is a revamped one as just nine starters (two offense, seven defense) are back for head coach Duke Greco’s second-year. Among those who wrapped up their careers were the record-breaking offensive trio of Smallwood, wide receiver Rasheed Bailey and quarterback Aaron Wilmer. Bailey, an All-American who led Division III in three different received categories last year, was with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles for the entire preseason and caught 10 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. Wilmer reached the rare 10,000-yard passing/1,000-yard rushing career plateau and spent time in camp with the CFL’s BC Lions.

The offense registered 20 of the Aggies’ 27 points against Montclair State and racked up 332 yards (215 passing, 117 rushing). Leading the way is new signal-caller Danny Farley (Boonton Township, NJ/DePaul Catholic). The junior transfer, who played in two games for Division I FCS Rhode Island, had a solid debut for DelVal, completing 21 of 34 passes for 215 yards while also rushing for a score.

Farley’s favorite targets in the opener were freshman Eric Shorter (Trenton, NJ/Princeton) and juniorTyler Bing (Galloway, NJ/Absegami). Shorter caught nine passes for 112 yards. Bing hauled in five tosses for 47 yards and also rushed three times for 46 yards, including an electric, 44-yard touchdown. Bing had a combined 360 rushing and receiving yards last season.

Junior Robert Cleveland (Willingboro, NJ/Willingboro) served as Smallwood’s backup last season, carrying the ball just 25 times for 144 yards. He is the starting tailback in 2015 and he opened with 87 yards on 16 touches against Montclair State.

Fellow tailback Armani Fuller-Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Mastery Charter) also saw limited time in ’14 with 14 carries for 138 yards. He netted a 23-yard touchdown last week and finished the season opener with three carries for 24 yards.

Defensively, the Aggies permitted 369 yards against Montclair State, including just 111 yards on the ground. The unit forced two turnovers with one of them resulting in points as 2014 all-MAC and all-region honoree Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove) forced a fumble on a sack and tackle Marc Isaac (Warminster, PA/William Tennent) scooped it up and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown late in the first half.

Lighty, a senior linebacker, had three tackles and that sack in the opener. In 2014, he notched 56 overall stops and led the team in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (8.5). He also had an interception that he returned 25 yards for a touchdown.

Isaac saw limited time as a rookie in ’14 and the Montclair State game was his first collegiate start. He registered three tackles to go along with the fumble recovery and touchdown.

Two-time all-MAC and all-ECAC honoree Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) picked up where he left off as he paced the team with 10 tackles against Montclair State. Wynne had a team-best 109 stops in 2014 and he also recorded two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, one sack and one interception.

Seniors Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and Ethan Snyder (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia) added nine and seven tackles respectively from their linebacker positions. Last year, Smith notched 65 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions last year while Snyder had 68 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Sophomore Shawn Miller (Laurel, DE/Laurel) shined in his first start as an Aggie. The safety came back from a one-year hiatus and registered eight tackles and one pass breakup.

Senior Bobby Marterella (Levittown, PA/Neshaminy) was a starting wide receiver the last two years, but has moved to cornerback, a spot where he began his Aggie career in 2012. In his first game back on defense, Marterella notched six tackles and an interception.

The Colonels opened their season last Friday night with a 35-7 road loss at 25th-ranked Muhlenberg College. The Mules scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for the win.

Wilkes’ offense, which netted 318 total yards in the opener, is led by junior quarterback Ryan Dailey.Dailey, who threw for 2,179 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, completed 26 of 50 passes for 263 yards against Muhlenberg. He tossed one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Sophomore wideout Aaron Coyne and junior William Deemer combined for nine catches for 134 yards and one touchdown last week. Deemer had 36 catches for 480 yards and two trips to the end zone in 2014.

The Colonel ground attack managed just 55 yards on 35 carries against Muhlenberg. Senior PJ Incremona led the way with 48 yards on 16 touches. He netted 306 yards and seven touchdowns a season ago.

On the defensive side of the ball, Wilkes permitted 427 yards to Muhlenberg, including 238 yards on the ground. Junior linebacker Tanner Stengel led the effort with 16 tackles, including 14 solo stops. He had a team-best 102 tackles last season.

Safeties Jared Powell and Isaiah Robinson are back in the secondary after notching 53 and 36 tackles respectively last season. Powell, a senior, opened the 2015 campaign with four tackles and two pass breakups while Robinson, a sophomore, had six stops against Muhlenberg.