November 12, 2015

Wilkes Football - Game Preview vs. King's (Mayors Cup)

Wilkes University is coming off of a 31-24 loss against Misericordia University last Saturday in Dallas, Pa. King’s is coming off of a 10-6 loss at Lebanon Valley College last Saturday.

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.

Jeff Knarr (East Stroudsburg ‘94) is in his sixth season as head football coach at King’s College. Knarr was an assistant at Muhlenberg from 1999-2009, where he coached the offensive line, quarterbacks, and wide receivers, served as offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator for the Mules. While at Muhlenberg, Knarr helped lead the Mules to six Centennial Conference championships and five NCAA Division III playoff berths. Knarr has also served as an assistant at East Stroudsburg, and as the head coach at Notre Dame High School in Easton, Pa.

This will be the 29th meeting between the two schools, with Wilkes holding a 20-8 advantage in the series. The Colonels were defeated by the Monarchs 27-21 at Schmidt Stadium in last season’s meeting. Wilkes also holds a 13-6 lead in Mayor’s Cup games since the teams began playing for the cup in 1996. The Mayor’s Cup tradition began with former Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas McGroarty and has remained intact through today with current Mayor Thomas Leighton, a 1982 King’s graduate, presiding.

• Wilkes is tenth in the MAC in scoring offense (15.6), fifth in total offense (346.0), tenth in rushing offense (80.7) and second in passing offense (265.3).

• Ryan Dailey finished 26-of-44 for 366 yards against Misericordia, his eighth time topping 220+ yards in his last nine games.

• Dailey’ currently stands fifth on the school’s all-time passing list with 4,553 career yards and only 51 yards away from Jeff Marshman ‘01 (4,604) for fourth on the list. Dailey ranks first in the MAC in passing yards per-game with 263.8 while standing tops in the league in attempts (397) and completions (241). His twelve touchdown passes rank third in the league, while his 60.7 completion percentage ranks fourth.

• PJ Incremona leads the Colonels ground attack standing sixth in the league with an average of 60.7 yards per game. William Deemer, the team’s top receiver, ranks fifth in the league with 50 receptions, and is fifth in the MAC with an average of 65.7 yards per game. Aaron Coyne has scored five touchdowns ranking fourth in the MAC for all receivers.

• Wilkes is ninth in the MAC in scoring defense (35.3), eighth in total defense (419.9), seventh in rushing defense (174.7) and tenth in passing defense (245.2).

• Linebacker Tanner Stengel leads the league with 13.3 tackles per game and ranks third with 13.0 tackles-for-loss. Isaiah Robinson and Jared Powell pace the secondary, as Robinson has 69 tackles, 5.0 for loss, two pass breakups, and one interception, while Powell has 49 stops, 1.0 for loss, eight breakups, and one interception.

• King’s ranks eighth in the MAC in scoring offense (20.1), tenth in total offense (274.2), eighth in rushing offense (93.2) and seventh in passing offense (181.0).

• The ground game is led by Gabe Brown, who ranks 13th in the MAC with 43.7 yards per game and ranks seventh with four touchdowns.

• Tom Hehre has thrown for 1,251 yards on 138-for-240 passing including five touchdowns and ten interceptions. His primary target has been Mike Palmer who has hauled in 50 receptions for 574 yards and five scores.

• King’s ranks sixth in the MAC in scoring defense (24.3), fifth in total defense (340.0), eighth in rushing defense (177.4) and second in passing defense (162.6).

• Bobby Russell has paced the Monarchs defense, as he is tops on the team with 71 total tackles including 50 solo stops. He also has claimed 8.5 tackles-for-loss on the season, 2.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, one interception and three forced fumbles.