September 3, 2011

Delaware Valley 10, Muhlenberg 9 (OT)

More news about: Delaware Valley

DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Delaware Valley College quarterback Aaron Wilmer connected with wideout Isaiah Hall for a 30-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-15 and Jake Sobchak followed with the extra-point to give the Aggies a 10-9 overtime victory over visiting Muhlenberg College in the season opener for both teams.

It was a battle of defending conference champions and NCAA playoff qualifiers as Delaware Valley entered with three straight Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) titles while the Mules captured the Centennial Conference crown a season ago.

The Aggies won the coin toss for overtime and elected to go on defense first. By overtime rules, Muhlenberg began its possession at the Delaware Valley 25-yard line. On second-and-10, Mule quarterback Dan Deighan rolled out of the pocket and threw into the end zone where fullback MJ Rus made a leaping catch for the first touchdown of the day. However, the extra-point attempt by Gregg Mercogliano was blocked by the Aggies' Ryan McCullough to leave the score at 9-3.

Needing a touchdown to tie the game and an extra-point to win it, Delaware Valley began its overtime possession with an incomplete pass and an illegal shift penalty. Wilmer then threw two more incomplete passes, leaving the Aggies with a fourth-and-15 situation. The freshman transfer (he redshirted at Division II West Chester University) dropped back and found a wide-open Hall down the left sideline. Hall, a senior, made the catch in the end zone for a 9-9 contest. Muhlenberg called a timeout to try to rattle Sobchak, but the junior and two-time all-conference placekicker drove the extra-point through the uprights to ignite a Delaware Valley celebration.

Regulation proved to be a defensive clash as both teams returned eight starters from strong units and it showed. In addition, Delaware Valley had just two starters back from their offense last year.

The Aggies did rack up 322 yards on the afternoon, but was just 1-for-3 in the red zone. One of those trips took place in the first quarter as a 40-yard pass from Wilmer to Rodney Blango put Delaware Valley at the Mule 11-yard line. The Aggies could not muster another yard and Sobchak and the field goal unit was sent out. However, a poor snap bounced past the holder and the result was a 21-yard loss and a loss of downs.

The game remained scoreless late into the second quarter when Delaware Valley used 10 plays to drive 70 yards to the Muhlenberg six-yard line. However, Wilmer's third-down pass was intercepted by Chris Hartzell, who returned it 52 yards before being tackled by the face mask by Wilmer. The 15-yard penalty gave the Mules the ball at Aggie 33-yard line. A personal foul on the next play gave Muhlenberg 15 more yards and it eventually reached the three-yard line. Delaware Valley forced the Mules back to the eight and Mercogliano kicked a 25-yard field as time expired in the opening half for a 3-0 lead.

The Aggies tied the game early in the fourth as they used 11 plays to drive 64 yards and reach the Muhlenberg one-yard line. Facing a second-down, tailback Kyle Schuberth was stopped on two consecutive runs by Muhlenberg All-American linebacker Patrick McDonough. That brought up fourth down and Sobchak came on to boot a 17-yard field with 12:06 remaining.

Neither team drove inside the opponent's 35-yard line for the rest of regulation. That set up the overtime dramatics and the Aggie victory.

Delaware Valley's defense permitted just 129 yards, including 104 through the first four quarters. Linebacker Ken Fowlkes led the way with 10 tackles and half a sack while Chris James added six stops. Wilmer completed 18 of 33 passes for 245 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Blango and Chris Ruiz caught five passes each while Hall's touchdown catch was his lone reception of the day. Schuberth and Tyler Neal netted 39 yards apiece on the ground.

Deighan was 8-for-24 for 64 yards and one score. Tailback Terrence Dandridge carried the ball 19 times for 49 yards. McDonough led all defensive players with 14 tackles and one sack while Andy Curley added 11 stops.    

   

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Ursinus at Millersville
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater (Va.)
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
8:30 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at Dickinson
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton State at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Buffalo State at Otterbein
1:30 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
3:30 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
4:00 PM
George Fox at La Verne
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
Live Stats
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
6:00 PM
Redemption Christian College at Southern Virginia
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Guilford at Greensboro
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris University (Ill.)
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
7:30 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
7:30 PM
Benedictine at Central
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
Maintenance in progress.