September 10, 2015

Wilkes Football - Game Notes vs. Delaware Valley

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Record - Wilkes Colonels (0-1) vs. Delaware Valley Aggies (1-0)
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. at Schmidt Stadium

Wilkes University makes its 2015 home and Middle Atlantic Conference debut against Delaware Valley University at Schmidt Stadium on Friday night. It marks the first home night football game at Schmidt Stadium in the program’s history.

Colonels coach Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) enters his second year at the helm of the program in 2015. Brown comes to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams’ coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team. Brown coordinated an offense that averaged 32.3 points in league games in 2008 and 27.3 points in 2009. Lehigh scored more than 80 percent of the time it reached the Red Zone both seasons, including a Patriot League-best 87.9-percent efficiency in 2008.

Duke Greco (Delaware Valley ‘03) had quite a first year as head coach at Delaware Valley as he led the 2014 edition to a 9-0 start and a berth and home game in the NCAA Division III playoffs. He was named as the head coach following an 11-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, including eight as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Last year’s squad set a number of offensive records, including four straight games of 50 or more points. The squad played for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship in the final game of the regular season and hosted Christopher Newport in the NCAAs. Eleven players were named to the all-conference team, including wide receiver Rasheed Bailey, who was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Bailey was named to three separate All-America Teams and later signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Greco also had an All-American in tailback Chris Smallwood.

This will be the 52nd meeting between the two schools as the Colonels hold a 30-21 advantage in the series. Delaware Valley posted a 54-35 win over Wilkes last season in Doylestown, Pa. in an offensive shootout.

Wilkes travels to Lycoming College next Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. matchup with the Warriors in Williamsport, Pa. Lycoming took a 27-14 decision at Schmidt Stadium in the teams’ meeting in 2014.

• The Wilkes ground game could never get going in the loss at Muhlenberg last Friday accounting for just 55 total yards. PJ Incremona led the way with 48 yards on 16 carries including a season-long 13-yard scamper

• Ryan Dailey threw for 263 yards on 25-for-50 passing including the Colonels lone score, a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Coyne late in the second quarter. Dailey struggled from the pocket trying to get away from pressure as the offensive line gave up three sacks.

• Dailey’s 263 yards passing moved him into tenth all-time on the school’s all-time passing list. He currently stands with 2,442 career yards and only 56 yards away from Tyler Berntsen ‘13 (2,498) for ninth on the list.

• Wilkes had little trouble finding the Mules red zone, but in six tries the Colonels only managed to put seven points on the board. A missed field goal, interception and three loss of downs trumped the Wilkes offense in the red zone last Friday.

• Eight different Colonel receivers caught passes against Muhlenberg with Ryan Richards leading the way with seven receptions. Coyne (4 receptions/74 yards) and William Deemer (5 receptions/60 yards) followed to lead the aerial attack for Wilkes.

• Wilkes held the Mules high-powered passing offense to just 189 yards, but struggled stopping the ground game where Muhlenberg rushed for 238 yards and three scores.

• Tanner Stengel led the defense with a career-high 16 tackles including 4.0 coming for a loss. Isaiah Robinson, Tyheed Jackson and Michael Paskas all recorded six tackles each.

• The Wilkes defense also created turnovers forcing four fumbles and recovering two.

• Delaware Valley, known as a rush-oriented squad, ran for 117 yards on 34 combined attempts in its win against Montclair State last Saturday. The Aggies scored three times on the ground in the contest.

• Robert Cleveland led the ground game with 87 yards on 16 carries.

• Division I transfer quarterback Danny Farley finished his first Aggie start going 21-for-34 for 215 yards and one interception.

• Rookie Eric Shorter made his collegiate debut a special one recording nine receptions for 112 yards. Eight different Aggie receivers caught passes against Montclair State.

• The Delaware Valley defense allowed 111 yards on the ground and 258 yards through the air in the win over Montclair State causing three turnovers including two fumbles and one interception.

• Danny Wynne led the group with 10 tackles, 1.5 coming for a loss. Matt Smith followed with nine tackles while Shawn Miller posted eight stops.

• Bobby Marterella accounted for the lone interception from the Aggies secondary.