October 3, 2015

Widener Football - The Pride Uses Late Scoring Surge to Knock Off Wilkes

Photo courtesy of Widener Athletics
EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. – Senior Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, N.J.) had five sacks and classmate Ryan O'Hara (Royersford, Pa.) kicked two field goals to propel the Widener University Pride football team to a convincing 27-7 victory over Wilkes on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Schmidt Stadium. The Pride reached paydirt twice in the last five minutes of regulation to earn their second straight win.

With the defense playing lights out, Widener (3-2, MAC 3-1) was able to tack on 10 unanswered in the first half and never looked back. O'Hara converted a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter and Jabre Nicholson caight a two-yard pass from junior Seth Klein (Wernersville, Pa.) with 12:03 left in the second. Wilkes moved the ball and threatened to score its first points in the waning minutes of the first half, but a Ryan Dailey pass on second and five from the Widener nine was picked off by sophomore Christian Maiden (Sewell, N.J.) in the end zone with 3:57 remaining to keep it a 10-point margin at the break.

Wilkes (1-4, MAC 1-3) continued to struggle offensively and was finally able to get on the board late in the third thanks to its secondary. After O'Hara kicked another field goal to make it 13-0, the Colonels slashed the deficit when Jordan Stiles intercepted a Klein pass and returned the ball 29 yards to the end zone with 3:44 left in the third. The extra point attempt was good, and the Pride suddenly found themselves in a one-possession game heading into the fourth.

The teams began the fourth quarter exchanging punts before the Pride offense came alive and put the game away with two touchdowns late in the frame. Junior Blain Price (Jefferson, Md.) capped a 92-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown reception at 4:05, and freshman Jordan Powell (Morristown, N.J.) marched into the end zone from two yards out with just 32 seconds on the clock for insurance.

Klein completed 30 of his 51 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown while distributing the ball to a plethora of Widener receivers. Four Pride players had at least four receptions. Sunnerville made 11 tackles, including nine solo, in addition to his game-high five sacks to pace the defense. He also forced a fumble to lead a defense which limited the Colonels to minus nine yards on the ground and registered nine quarterback sacks.

Wilkes' Dailey threw for 235 yards with his favorite target being Garrett Armstrong, who made four catches for 67 yards. Tanner Stengal made 10 tackles for the Colonels.

Widener has the next weekend off and will return to action when it hosts Misericordia on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m. over Homecoming Weekend.

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