September 15, 2015

Wilkes Football Travels to Lycoming Saturday in MAC Showdown

Wilkes University takes to the road for the second time in three weeks traveling to MAC foe Lycoming College for a 1:30 p.m. matchup at David Person Field in Williamsport, Pa. The Colonels are coming off an upset of Delaware Valley last week while the Warriors are losers of their first two contests entering week three.

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 Clark (Lycoming ‘93) is in his eighth season as head football coach at his alma mater Lycoming College. Clark has been a part of 107 wins, eight MAC titles, seven NCAA playoff teams and six NCAA playoff wins as a Warrior. During his time as head coach, Clark has tutored 75 all-conference selections, 17 all-region selections, seven All-Americans, four Academic All-District selections, two Academic All-Americans, a Regional Player of the Year and led the team to six wins over top-25 programs. n 2014, the Warriors started the season with four straight wins to reach as high as 20th in the national polls en route to an 8-2 season and a third-place finish in the MAC with a 6-2 mark, with both defeats coming at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents. The team’s offense racked up a school record 415.0 yards of total offense per game, as it was paced by a 1,000-yard rusher in Craig Needhammer, and a 1,000-yard receiver in Ryan Umpleby.

This will be the 56th meeting between the two schools as Lycoming holds a 38-17 series advantage. The Warriors lead the series, 19-9, in Williamsport and have won the last four meetings dating back to a 31-14 loss in Edwardsville in 2010.

Wilkes travels to FDU-Florham next Friday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Devils in Madison, NJ. It marks the third night game for Wilkes in the first four weeks of the 2015 season. Wilkes posted a 52-21 victory in the teams’ meeting in 2014, the highest scoring game for the Colonels last season.

• Wilkes is 10th in the MAC in scoring offense (9.5), sixth in total offense (344.0), eighth in rushing offense (101.0) and fourth in passing offense (243.0).

• Ryan Dailey threw for his second straight 220+ game finishing 28-for-38 for 223 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winning toss to Jacob Brook with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter.

• Dailey’s 223 yards passing moved him into eighth all-time on the school’s all-time passing list. He currently stands with 2,665 career yards and only 582 yards away from Jeff Giberson ‘72 (3,247) for seventh on the list. Dailey is sixth in the MAC with a 114.5 passing efficiency, while his 243.0 yards per game is fourth in the league. He has completed 61.4 (54-of-88) percent of his passes and thrown two touchdowns.

• PJ Incremona leads the Colonels ground attack standing eighth in the league with an average of 70.5 yards per game. Aaron Coyne, the team’s top receiver, is ninth in the MAC with an average of 67.5 yards per game. He also has scored one touchdown.

• Wilkes is fourth in the MAC in scoring defense (21.0), seventh in total defense (402.5), sixth in rushing defense (189.0) and seventh in passing defense (213.5).

• The Colonel defense played exceptionally well against Delaware Valley, allowing 378 yards of total offense, but picking up two turnovers and standing tall during a late drive to preserve the 12-7 win.

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel leads the league with 15.0 tackles per game and 3.0 tackles for loss per game. Jared Powell and Isaiah Robinson pace the secondary, as Powell has 13 tackles and two breakups and Robinson has 12 stops, 2.5 for loss and two breakups.

• Lycoming is ninth in the MAC in scoring offense (13.5), eighth in total offense (326.5), fourth in rushing offense (177.5) and eighth in passing offense (149.0).

• The team has been led by its ground game early in the season, with Blake Bowman fifth in the MAC with 77.0 yards per game and Scott Palmer sixth with 76.0 yards per game.

• Quarterback Chase Whiteman is eighth in the conference with 136.5 passing yards per game, while he is sixth with a 57.4 completion percentage (27-of-47). His primary target has been Ryan Umpleby, who is fifth in the league with 10 catches, while his 118 yards are sixth.

• Lycoming is eighth in the MAC in scoring defense (33.0), fifth in total defense (378.0), first in rushing defense (95.0) and ninth in passing defense (283.0).

• Early in the season, the defensive line has paced the team, as Josh Cook and Jon Rummel are tied for seventh in the league with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. Rummel is also tied for third in the MAC with two sacks.

• Mike Ward has paced the secondary, as he is tied for the league lead with four passes defended. He is also tied for the team lead with Phil Schron in tackles (11).