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Joel Whittecker

King’s College

Football

North Penn-Mansfield 2017

Visiting Delaware Valley University, recently ranked No. 13 by the American Football Coaches Association and No. 16 by D3football.com, used a strong defensive performance to knock off hosting King’s College 49-0 on Senior Day in play from McCarthy Stadium in Middle Atlantic Conference play.

The Monarchs honored its eight seniors on Saturday, as Robbie Wachter, Will Cameron, Devrin Baynard, CJ Curry, Josh Burkavage, Brennan Walsh, Ben Bakanas and Justin Wenner were celebrated prior to the contest. After the kickoff, King’s would struggle to get much going offensively against the conference’s best defense.

Delaware Valley scored 14 points in the first quarter, but the King’s defense started well as freshman Dhedhus Anumgba intercepted Aggie quarterback Dashawn Darden on Delaware Valley’s first drive.

Things would not go well from that point though for the Monarchs, as Mario Nigro scored from two yards out at 4:59 of the first quarter to help DVU take a 7-0 lead. Shaveiz Stewart would sneak behind the defense on the Aggie’s next drive, as wide receiver John Davis took a hand-off from Darden and hit Stewart on a 48-yard TD completion to make it 14-0.

The visitors added two more scores in the second quarter to make the score 28-0. King’s had to play most of the game with freshman quarterback Tyler Moore at the held, as normal starter Tommy Klock exited midway through the first quarter. Moore fared well against one of the best defenses in the nation, but he was sacked eight times as the Aggies moved to 8-1 and 7-0 in the conference.

Senior Jordan Downes rushed for 28 yards on the day, as the Aggies keyed on the standout Monarch running back. Freshman Quincy Clark added 16 yards on the ground as well. Moore finished 12-for-28 through the air for 109 yards, tossing three interceptions in his most extensive action of the season.

Costantino had two catches for 34 yards, while Gabe Boccella made three catches for 27 yards. Defensively, Charles McCall led the way for the Monarchs with 10 total tackles, while Mando Sallavanti added eight tackles along with a forced fumble. Sophomore Tommy Gilmore also finished with eight stops, and Gene Gibbons posted a sack for the Monarchs.

Junior Gabe Brown made a career-high five stops at linebacker for King’s, and Mikal Butler had a very strong game, with three pass break-ups and six tackles. Freshman punter Samuel Hoom boomed King’s longest punt of the season with a 69-yard blast, as it was the second-longest punt in program history since a 73-yarder back in 1999 by Tom Pierantozzii against Albright.

Delaware Valley out-gained the Monarchs 424-137 on the contest, as Anthony Tedesco and the Nobile brothers set the tone for the Aggies on defense. Tedesco posted nine tackles, while Michael Nobile finished with eight tackles including four for loss and three sacks. Anthony Nobile chalked up six tackles, 1.5 TOL and and a sack, while Dan Finelli added three sacks. Both Ryan Barrett and Bert Robinson scored defensive touchdowns in the game for DVU.

King’s will now look to finish the season at .500 with its annual rivalry game with Wilkes University, as the Colonels will host the 24th annual Mayor’s Cup in Schmidt Stadium November 10 at noon in the 2018 season finale.