September 26, 2015

Widener Football - The Pride Earns 27-17 Victory Over Lebanon Valley Under the Lights

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CHESTER, Pa. - Junior quarterback Seth Klein (Wernersville, Pa.) threw for 390 yards in leading the Widener University football team to a 27-17 victory over Lebanon Valley on Friday, Sept. 25 at Leslie C. Quick Stadium.

After Lebanon Valley opened the scoring with a field goal at the 3:23 mark of the first quarter, Widener responded by recording a touchdown in each quarter to build a 14-3 lead heading into the break. Senior Robert Getz (Kunkletown, Pa.) pounded his way through the defense for a 39-yard touchdown run on the Pride’s first possession after the Dutchmen field goal, and junior Connor Schlegel (Denver, Pa.) completed a 10-play, 92-yard drive by catching a pass from Klein in the right corner of the end zone early in the second quarter. Klein ended the frame with 210 yards passing, while his counterpart was limited to only 14 yards in the air.

Widener, which was playing its first Friday night game at home since 2008 due to the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia this weekend, received to open the second half and reached paydirt on its first drive to break the game open. Klein completed six passes for 71 yards through the air during the drive, which was capped by his third one during the stretch that was on target to junior Blaine Price (Jefferson, Md.) for a score that made it 21-3 with 12:09 left in the third.

Lebanon Valley (1-3, MAC 1-2) answered with its biggest play of the evening when Tim Pirrone completed a pass to Travis Saylor for a touchdown on its ensuing drive. The hosts, however, once again had answers and tacked on two field goals on its next possessions to extend its lead back up to 17 points at 27-10.

Despite the deficit, the Lebanon Valley did not go away and continued to threaten to slice into the deficit by most notably earning a 1st-and-goal situation at the one-yard line near the end of the third quarter thanks in large part to a 50-yard rush by Brendon Irving. Widener’s defense, however, came up with a huge goal-line stand that arguably stopped any hope of a Dutchman comeback. Senior Shakore Philip (Bay Shore, N.Y.) stuffed Jeremy Franck on the first play of the series to end the third, and junior Travon Barnes (Randallstown, Md.) and Kyle Lowery (Audubon, Pa.) teamed up to stop Jon Jones from reaching the end zone just short of the goal line and forcing the visitors to turn the ball over on downs.

Widener’s defense, which has been strong all season, forced Dutchman quarterbacks to fumble the ball on two occasions in the fourth to help seal the win. After the goal-line stand, Philip forced a fumble by sacking Franck for a loss of nine yards, and senior Brandon Jones (Baltimore, Md.) knocked down Tyler Cottle during the visitor’s final drive with under a minute left to put the game on ice.

Klein’s racked up 390 yards by completing 38 of his 65 pass attempts to lead the way for Widener, while junior Max Kutler (Cranbury, N.J.) and senior Philip Ragona (Oceanside, N.Y.) each made 10 catches and accumulated over 100 yards. Jones registered a team-leading seven tackles and two sacks while also forcing two fumbles to pace the defense which allowed just 28 yards in the air.

Lebanon Valley got 115 yards on the ground from Irving, who reached the 100-yard plateau for the ninth straight game dating back to last season. Trevor St. Clair had eight tackles and Tim Schumacher registered seven while also forcing a fumble and recovering one to lead the Dutchmen defensively.

Widener (2-2, MAC 2-1) will play its second road game of the season when it visits Wilkes on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m.