September 17, 2015

King's Football Hosting FDU-FLorham Saturday for Homecoming

Photo courtesy of King's Athletics
WILKES-BARRE -- The King's College football team will celebrate its 2015 Homecoming when the Monarchs play host to FDU-Florham in a Middle Atlantic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium.

The Monarchs enter the contest with an 0-2 overall record and a 0-1 MAC mark after dropping a 43-20 verdict to defending MAC champion Widener University. FDU-Florham, meanwhile, played its first game of the season last week and earned a 34-29 road win over The College of New Jersey.

The game will be available online via LiveStats and Live Video. Go to the following links to access both.



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Saturday is week-two of the Middle Atlantic Conference schedule. King's is 0-2 while FDU is 1-0 after not making its season debut until last week.

This is the 23rd all-time meeting between the teams with King's holding a 15-7 advantage. The Monarchs have won the last two meetings, including a 45-17 triumph last season in Madison, N.J. FDU last won 30-14 in 2012 in Madison. The Devils last win in Wilkes-Barre was a 17-3 triumph in 2011.

Monarch mentor Jeff Knarr is in his sixth season of rebuilding the program at King's and owns a 14-38 career record. FDU coach Brian Surace, a one-time King's assistant coach, is 5-36 in his fifth season. King's traveled to Madison, N.J. and built a 31-17 half-time lead en route to a 45-17 triumph. The Monarchs amassed 467 yards of total offense while FDU gained 388 yards.

King's traveled to Chester and dropped a 43-20 verdict to defending MAC champion Widener University. FDU, meanwhile, opened its season with a 34-29 road win over The College of New Jersey. In the process, the Devils snapped a 19-game losing streak.

The Monarchs, totally retooled at the skill positions, have averaged 249.0 yards of total offense over the course of its first two games. King's has rushed for 106.5 yards while passing for 142.5 yards. Senior quarterback Tom Hehre has completed 29-of-58 passes for 243 yards with one touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 55 yards on 20 attempts. Freshman tailback Gabe Browns owns a team-high 121 rushing yards on 31 carries with one touchdown. Junior Zack Funk adds 57 yards on seven carries.

Junior Mike Palmer tops the receivers with 10 catches for 92 yards and one score while sophomore Matt Demarco, a transfer from Division I-AA Monmouth, follows with eight receptions for 61 yards. Sophomore split end Marquis Miller has five catches for 33 yards while fellow sophomore Tyler Marroni has two receptions for 37 yards. Junior tight end Jay Thomas chips ion with two receptions for 34 yards. King's returns four offensive line starters, including senior center Mark Vetterlein, senior tackle Evan Foster, junior guard Andrew Zub, and junior tackle Jake Dever.

The FDU-Florham offense exploded for 477 yards of total offense in its season-opening win over The College of New Jersey. The Devils passed for 348 yards in the game while rushing for 129 yards. Senior quarterback Tyler Maurer led the no-huddle attack, completing 17-of-27 passes for 348 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Maurer threw four touchdown passes between 34 and 60 yards in the game.
Sophomore split end Malik Pressley had an outstanding game with 15 receptions for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Pressley was named to the "Team of the Week". The Devils added balance on the ground as junior wide-out Esaun Mobely added two catches for 39 yards. Senior tailback Anthony Ognibene rushed for 109 yards on 24 carries

The Monarchs defense enters game-three allowing 444.4 yards of total offense per-game after yielding 561 total yards to defending MAC champion Widener last week. The group is led by 2014 All-MAC selection Bobby Russell at linebacker. Russell has made 13 tackles with one interception, one forced fumble, , one sack, and one blocked field goal. Senior Safety Anthony Martuccio has made 14 tackles with an interception while sophomore Safety Jake Manetti also has 14 tackles thus far. Senior defensive end Michael Martina follows with 13 tackles and 4.0 sacks.

Senior linebackers Chad Curtice and James Burke each have registered eight tackles while sophomore lineman Jacoby Foresman contributes seven stops. Freshman linebacker Christian Scott has six tackles while senior linebacker Monroe Sherman, sophomore cornerback Justin Foster, senior cornerback Justin Burke, and freshman safety Trey Watson have made five tackles apiece. The Kings defense has averaged 3.5 quarterback sacks per-game over its first two contests.

The FDU-Florham defense allowed 339 yards of total offense to The College of New Jersey last week, including 202 passing yards and 337 rushing yards. Junior linebacker Cristen Paez posted nine tackles with one quarterback sack while sophomore linebacker Tim Francisco also added nine stops.

Junior safety Chris Fitzgerald followed with eight tackles and three pass break-ups while senior linebacker Stephen Bick added five tackles. Senior linebacker Nick Galletta registered four tackles with one sack while senior defensive lineman Darryl Campbell also made four tackles. Senior safety D.J. Jack, junior linebacker Ryan Vasquez, and junior lineman Michael Manos made three tackles apiece.

King's travels to Doylestown to face Delaware Valley College in a 7:00 p.m. MAC contest.