September 30, 2015

Wilkes Football Hosts Widener Saturday in MAC Showdown on Homecoming

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Wilkes University returns home to face Widener University during homecoming weekend on Saturday, October 3 at Schmidt Stadium. The Colonels are coming off a tough road defeat at FDU-Florham last week while the Pride stand even on the year at 2-2 following a win at home against Lebanon Valley on Friday night.

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.

Mike Kelly (Bluffton ‘80) is in his second season as head football coach at Widener. Kelly is the twenty-fourth Head Coach in Pride football history. Last season, Widener finished with a 12-1 record overall and went 9-0 to win the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship, falling in the Elite 8 of the Division III NCAA Tournament to Linfield. Kelly was named the MAC Coach of the Year last season. Collegiately, Kelly has also served as head coach at NCAA DII Valdosta State and associate head coach at DII San Francisco State. Kelly has also coached in the professional ranks, serving as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and as an offensive assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, personnel assistant with the Washington Redskins, and a game advance consultant for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).

This will be the 31st meeting between the two schools as Widener holds a 18-11-1 advantage in the series. Widener posted a 52-19 victory in Chester in 2014.

Wilkes travels to Reading to take on Albright next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. It will be the 39th meeting between the two programs, with Albright holding a 22-16 advantage in the series. Albright has taken the previous four wins, with the last Colonels victory coming in 2010 (38-35) in Edwardsville.


• Wilkes is ninth in the MAC in scoring offense (17.3), fourth in total offense (396.3), seventh in rushing offense (118.8) and second in passing offense (277.5).

• Ryan Dailey threw for his fourth straight 220+ game finishing 24-for-40 for 267 yards and one touchdown.

• Dailey’ currently stands with 3,289 career yards and only 498 yards away from Rob Johnson ‘10 (3,787) for sixth on the list. Dailey ranks second in the MAC in passing yards per-game with 277.5 while standing first in attempts (187) and completions (117). His seven touchdown passes rank second in the league.

• PJ Incremona leads the Colonels ground attack standing sixth in the league with an average of 64.8 yards per game. William Deemer, the team’s top receiver, leads the league with 28 receptions, and is fourth in the MAC with an average of 73.8 yards per game. Aaron Coyne has scored four touchdowns ranking second in the MAC for all receivers.


• Wilkes is sixth in the MAC in scoring defense (29.8), eighth in total defense (412.8), fifth in rushing defense (142.3) and seventh in passing defense (220.3).

• The Colonel defense improved in week four. Although it gave up 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, it created two turnovers, with interceptions by Isaiah Robinson and Jared Powell. The defense also had two total tackles for loss and four passes broken up.

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel leads the league with 13.0 tackles per game and ranks second with 7.5 tackles for loss. Jared Powell and Isaiah Robinson pace the secondary, as Powell has 20 tackles and four breakups and Robinson has 24 stops, 2.5 for loss and two breakups.


• Widener ranks third in the MAC in scoring offense (26.7), first in total offense (438.3), eighth in rushing offense (106.3) and first in passing offense (332.0).

• The ground game is led by Robert Getz, who ranks fifteenth in the MAC with 41.7 yards per game and four touchdowns.

• Quarterback Seth Klein leads the conference averaging 315.3 yards passing per game, while ranking second in attempts (157), completions (88), and total yards (946). Klein ranks fifth in touchdown passes (four), His primary target has been Philip Ragona, who is third in the league with 24 catches and is third with 273 yards, while averaging 91.0 yards per game, good for second in the league.


• Widener is fourth in the MAC in scoring defense (21.3), first in total defense (234.3), fifth in rushing defense (142.3) and first in passing defense (92.0).

• Steve Gozur has paced the defense, as he is tops on the team with 30 total tackles including 15 solo stops. He also has claimed one sack on the season.