September 13, 2015

Widener Football The Pride Wins MAC Opener Over Kings, 43-20, at Quick Stadium

Photo Courtesy of Widener Athletics
CHESTER, Pa. – Senior Robert Getz ran for three touchdowns to lead the Widener University football team to a 43-20 win over King's College in the Middle Atlantic Conference opener for both schools on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Leslie C. Quick Stadium. The Pride led from wire-to-wire by scoring the game's first 24 points to earn the dominating victory.

After senior Philip Ragona completed a pass to sophomoreCasey Kerschner for 20 yards on a fake punt attempt that kept the Pride's opening drive alive, Widener got on the board at the 11:16 mark of the first quarter when senior Ryan O'Hara converted a 30-yard field goal. Getz then hit paydirt for the first time early in the second to give the hosts a 10-point advantage, and junior Max Kutler fell on a loose ball in the end zone to make it 17-0 at the break. Ragona initially caught a 23-yard pass from junior quarterback Seth Klein before fumbling the ball on the 1-yard line that was recovered by Kutler.

Widener, which had a commanding 308-47 advantage in total yards in the first half, continued its dominance after the break. After catching three passes from Klein during the drive, Getz rushed into the end zone to give the Pride a 24-0 cushion to work with to cap the Pride's opening drive of the frame at the 12:05 mark.

King's (0-2, MAC 0-1), however, did not give up and answered right back when freshman Matt DeMarco returned the ensuing kickoff for a school record-breaking 96 yards and a touchdown. The effort put the Monarchs on the board and made it 24-7.

Despite giving up the long score, Widener quickly regrouped and answered in a big way by scoring on its next three possessions. Getz most notably bulldozed his way through several Monarch defenders for a 23-yard touchdown during the stretch, and an O'Hara field goal gave the Pride a 40-7 lead at the end of the third quarter and more than enough insurance for the hosts to record their first win of the 2015 campaign.

In addition to Getz's three touchdowns, Klein went 24-for-38 with 321 passing yards and one touchdown to help pace the Widener offense. Ragona caught nine passes for 103 yards, while the Widener secondary combined for three interceptions on the defensive end. Jamal Goodman most notably had a 53-yard interception return which helped set up Getz's longest touchdown run of the afternoon.

King's quarterback Tom Hehre completed 11 of his 26 pass attempts and Gabe Brown had 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead the Monarchs offensively. Michael Martina had four solo tackles and 2.5 sacks to pace the visiting defense in the loss.

Widener (1-1, MAC 1-0) will look to remain undefeated in league play when it visits Albright on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.

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