September 30, 2015

DelVal Football - Aggies vs FDU-Florham Preview

Photo courtesy of DelVal Athletics
DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Delaware Valley University will play in its third night game of the season, and the second on a Friday night, as the Aggies travel to Madison, New Jersey to take on FDU-Florham on Friday, October 2. Kickoff at Robert T. Shields Field for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) game is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference action following last Saturday night’s 26-10 home triumph over King’s College. The Aggies also played under the lights at Wilkes University on Friday, September 11 and suffered a 12-7 setback.

DelVal used another strong rushing effort to pull away from King’s as it netted 391 yards and all four of its touchdowns on the ground. This came a week after the Aggies racked up 449 rushing yards and four scores in a 28-7 win at Misericordia University. DelVal is now ranked 23rd in all of Division III with an average of 274.3 rushing yards per contest.

The running game is a balanced attack that continues to be led by 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, topped his 122-yard effort from the Misericordia game by rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries against King’s. For the season, he has 31 carries for 356 yards (11.5 avg) and three scores.

Fuller-Williams has 228 yards and a team-best four touchdowns on 25 attempts (9.1 avg). One of his scoring runs was a 24-yard scamper into the end zone in the fourth quarter to seal the win over King’s. Cleveland finished with 49 yards last week to up his season total to 195 on 40 carries (4.9 avg)

The Aggies are also getting production on the ground from junior wideout Tyler Bing (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) and freshman backup quarterback Dashawn Darden (Norristown, PA/Cardinal O’Hara).Bing has run the ball out of the jet sweep 16 times and has netted 140 yards (8.8 avg) with three touchdowns. He has also caught 11 passes for 121 yards.

Darden, who takes the field for a number of plays each game, has 157 yards and one touchdown on 15 runs (10.5 avg). The touchdown came on an 85-yard sprint against King’s and he finished the contest with 98 yards on six touches.

Junior transfer Danny Farley (Boonton Township, NJ/DePaul Catholic) is the team’s starting quarterback and he has completed 46 of 89 passes for 560 yards through the first four games. He threw the ball just seven times last week and completed two of them for 41 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies are giving up an average of just 13.2 points and 108.8 rushing yards per game, including just 28 yards on the ground to King’s. The unit also recorded six of its nine sacks against the Monarchs.

2014 all-MAC and all-region honoree Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades as he racked up six tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles against King’s. The two forced fumbles upped his season total to five, which leads all of Division III. Lighty is also tied for 30th in the country with 4.5 sacks and he has 24 tackles to his credit as well.

Senior linebacker Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and sophomore safety Shawn Miller (Laurel, DE/Laurel) top the list of defenders with 39 and 33 tackles respectively. The two combined for 13 stops last week

Seniors Danny Wynne (Hatfield, PA/North Penn) and Ethan Snyder (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia) are tied for third on the team in tackles with 31 apiece. Wynne, a two-time all-MAC and all-ECAC safety, notched eight of his tackles against King’s. Snyder, a linebacker, led the team in that game with nine stops.

The Devils, who went winless in 2014, were one play away from being 3-0 to start the 2015 campaign. They opened the year with a 34-29 triumph at non-conference foe The College of New Jersey and led King’s in the closing moments before the Monarchs eventually won in overtime, 35-28. Last Friday night, they hosted Wilkes and came back from 13 points down to notch a 29-26 victory.

FDU-Florham’s offense is averaging 30.3 points and 386 yards per contest. The passing game is accounting for nearly 242 yards an outing and has had two quarterbacks at the helm. Tyler Maurer started the season and completed 25 of 40 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns before getting hurt during the King’s contest. Maurer’s status for this week’s game is unknown.

Nick LaVecchia played the rest of that game and started against Wilkes as well. The sophomore is 37-for-49 for 305 yards and five touchdowns. He earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Wilkes as he completed 26 of 33 tosses for 229 yards and four scores.

Whoever is throwing the ball has one of the top wideouts in the region in sophomore Malik Pressley.Pressley has hauled in 27 passes for 415 yards and seven trips to the end zone. Two of those touchdowns came against Wilkes as he caught eight passes for 72 yards.

Junior Esaun Mobley is another threat in the Devils’ passing game. He has 15 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns to his credit, including eight grabs for 71 yards and one score last week.

Senior running back Anthony Ognibene heads the ground attack as he has netted 280 yards and one touchdown on 62 carries. He got the call 20 times and finished with 116 yards against Wilkes.

FDU-Florham’s defensive unit is permitting 27.7 points and 375 yards (168 rushing, 207 passing) per game. Wilkes was able to run 92 plays on the Devils and finished the game with 483 total yards.

Juniors Chris Fitzgerald and Cristian Paez lead the way with 30 and 23 tackles respectively. Fitzgerald, a free safety, had 10 stops against Wilkes. He also has one interception and one fumble recovery on the year. Paez, a linebacker, has a sack and a forced fumble to his credit. The forced fumble, as well as nine tackles, came in last Friday’s win.