September 21, 2015

DelVal Football - The Aggies prepare for King's College

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) – It will be the second home night game in Delaware Valley University football history when the Aggies host Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) foe King’s College on Saturday, September 26. Kickoff at Robert A. Lipinski Field at James Work Memorial Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley’s first night affair in Doylestown was a memorable one as the squad posted a wild, 54-35 triumph over Wilkes University in September of 2014. The match-up with King’s is the lone home night contest in ’15.

DelVal improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play with last Saturday’s 28-7 triumph at Misericordia University. The Aggies were dominant in the running game as they racked up 449 yards and all four touchdowns. Defensively, the unit held the Cougars’ option offense to just 149 rushing yards.

The strong rushing attack at Misericordia upped DelVal’s season average to 235.3 yards per game with all eight of the offense’s touchdowns coming on the ground. Leading the running game is the three-headed monster of sophomores Devauntay Ellis (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) and Armani Fuller-Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Mastery Charter) as well as junior Robert Cleveland (Willingboro, NJ/Willingboro).

Ellis, a junior college transfer, went over the 100-yard plateau for the first time in his collegiate career as he netted 122 yards and his first score on 13 carries against Misericordia. He leads the team with 199 yards on 22 attempts (9.0 avg).

Fuller-Williams also hit the century mark for the first time last week as he had 120 yards and one touchdown on 11 touches. It upped his season total to 19 carries for 180 yards (9.5 avg) and three trips to the end zone.

Cleveland, in his first year as a starter, has carried the ball 33 times for 146 yards, including an eight-carry, 46-yard effort at Misericordia.

The Aggies are also getting production on the ground from junior wideout Tyler Bing (Galloway, NJ/Absegami). Bing ran the ball seven times on jet sweeps at Misericordia and gained 72 yards with two touchdowns. He has scored on three of his 11 runs this season and has 122 yards to his credit. In the air, Bing is second on the team with 10 catches for 116 yards.

Junior transfer Danny Farley (Boonton Township, NJ/DePaul Catholic) is the team’s starting quarterback. Farley, who played in two games for Division I FCS Rhode Island, has completed 44 of 82 passes for 519 yards. He threw just 13 passes at Misericordia and completed six of them for 66 yards.

Defensively, DelVal is permitting 14.3 points and 372.3 yards per game. The unit has been strong against the run, allowing just 135.7 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry. They kept Misericordia off the scoreboard for the first 54 minutes of the contest.

2014 all-MAC and all-region honoree Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) leads the team with three forced fumbles and two sacks while also contributing 18 tackles. He notched six stops, two forced fumbles and a sack last week.

Senior linebacker Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and sophomore safety Shawn Miller (Laurel, DE/Laurel) pace the defense with 33 and 26 tackles respectively. The two combined for 19 stops at Misericordia.

Two-time all-MAC and all-ECAC honoree Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) is third on the team in tackles with 23. Six of the stops came in the second half of last week’s contest.

Senior linebacker Ethan Snyder (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia) and junior end Aric Boyes (Parksville, NY/Tri-Valley) are off to strong starts in 2015. Snyder has 22 tackles, including five last week. Boyes had six tackles at Misericordia to up his season total to 21. He also has one sack on the year.


After back-to-back losses to Moravian College (21-17) and Widener University (43-20) to start the season, the Monarchs appeared to be on their way to a third straight loss when FDU-Florham scored with 1:08 left for a 28-21 lead. However, King’s drove down the field and scored with just 14 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. The Monarchs scored on their possession and recovered a fumble on FDU-Florham’s drive to improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.

King’s offense is averaging 21.7 points and 267 yards (145.7 passing, 121.3 rushing) per game. Heading the unit is senior quarterback Tom Hehre. Hehre has completed 46 of 90 passes for 372 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for three scores. Against FDU-Florham, he was 17-for-32 for 129 yards while also rushing for 40 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

Hehre’s favorite target has been junior wideout Mike Palmer. Palmer has hauled in 15 passes for 166 yards and two trips to the end zone. He snagged five passes for 74 yards and one score last week.

Freshman tailback Gabe Brown paces the Monarch ground attack with 202 yards and two touchdowns on 50 carries. He got the call 19 times against FDU-Florham and netted 81 yards as well as one trip to paydirt.

On the defensive side of the ball, King’s is allowing averages of 30.7 points and 380 yards (141.7 rushing, 238.3 passing) per contest. The unit has racked up eight sacks and five turnovers in its first three games.

Senior end Michael Martina and sophomore safety Jake Manetti have 21 and 20 tackles respectively to lead the defense. The two teamed up for 14 stops in the overtime triumph against FDU-Florham. Martina also registered a sack in the win and it upped his season total to a conference-best five.