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Football: Aggies Regain Keystone Cup in 34-28 Win over Widener

Nov 03, 2008

Mike Isgro threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns as Delaware Valley College held off a late rally from Widener University and posted a 34-28 home victory in a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) game.

The win kept the Aggies' hopes alive for a MAC title as they are now 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference. They are tied with Lebanon Valley and Wilkes for third place and are one game behind Lycoming and Albright with two contests remaining. Delaware Valley also regained the Keystone Cup which is handed out annually to the winner of the Aggie-Widener contest to symbolize small college football excellence in the Philadelphia area. The Pride saw their record fall to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the MAC.

Widener wasted no time on its first drive as a two-yard touchdown run from Ian Decker with 9:43 left in the first quarter capped a six-play, 65-yard drive and gave the Pride a 7-0 lead. The run came one play after Al Humes found Cedrick Clayton on a 40-yard bomb over the middle.

Delaware Valley took advantage of a face mask penalty that wiped out a 14-yard sack of Isgro and gave the Aggies the ball at the Widener 16-yard line. After a two-yard run by Isgro, the junior quarterback hit Brandon Fox for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Shane Toohey added the extra point for a 7-7 score with 6:54 remaining in the first.

Back came the Pride as a nine-play, 72-yard drive culminated with a 12-yard strike from Humes to Justin Horning. The extra point from Matt Breslin with 2:17 left in the first quarter made it 14-7.

The Aggies then scored 13 straight points to take a 20-14 advantage into the intermission. The first drive after the Widener touchdown saw Delaware Valley reach the Pride four-yard line and have to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Toohey with 12:22 to play in the half.

Freshman linebacker Chris James then recorded his first collegiate interception to stop Widener for the first time and five the Aggies the ball at their own 41. They reached the Pride 28 and then scored as Isgro pump-faked and found Chad Peterman wide open for the touchdown. Toohey added the extra point for a 17-14 advantage with 8:03 left in the half.

Breslin missed a 40-yard field goal attempt and the Aggies marched 68 yards on 12 plays. They reached the Widener 9 and Toohey connected on a 26-yard field with 24 seconds left for the six-point lead.

Delaware Valley forced the first turnover of the game on the opening drive of the second half as Kyle Gesswein forced Humes to fumble on a blitz and Garrett Wooters recovered at the Pride 38-yard line. Three plays later, Matt Cook scored on a 26-yard touchdown run 2:04 into the half for a 27-14 margin.

The Pride did not back down and used a 13-play, 75-yard drive to close to 27-21 with 6:05 to play in the third quarter. It was capped when Andre Payton scored on a two-yard run.

Later in the quarter, Delaware Valley was forced to punt from its own 35-yard line and Corey Heard had the snap go over his head. He recovered the ball and kicked a dribbler that was picked up behind the line of scrimmage by Cook. He ran 35 yards to the Pride 30-yard line and the officials ruled it as a legal play and a first down for the Aggies.

Delaware Valley then faced a fourth-and-seven from the 27 before Isgro hit Joe Gionfriddo for a 14-yard play and a first down. The Aggies then had a third-and-six from the Widener 10, but Isgro connected with Dan Heiland for a touchdown pass. Toohey booted the extra-point for a 34-21 advantage just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Two drives later, the Pride reached the Delaware Valley five-yard line and faced a fourth-and-four. However, Humes was sacked by Greg Rissinger to give the ball back to the Aggies. Delaware Valley was forced to punt after six plays and a 17-yard boot by Heard gave Widener the ball at the Pride 44 with 2:34 to go. Widener moved the ball downfield and found the end zone as Humes and Marc Bandola teamed for a seven-yard scoring toss. Breslin's point after made it a 34-28 ballgame with 57 seconds remaining.

The Pride lined up for the onsides kick and got the break they needed when TD Davis recovered it at their own 42. The visitors drove 18 yards, but Humes' last pass was intercepted by Anthony Byers at the Aggie two-yard line with 32 seconds left to end it.

Isgro completed 18 of 26 passes while Peterman had a career day with seven catches for 117 yards and one touchdown. Cook netted 145 yards and a score on 26 carries. Defensively, Phil Blazejewski led the Aggies with eight tackles while Byers, James and Charles Squitiere notched interceptions.

In just his second start of his career, Humes completed 25 of 42 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, but the freshman was picked off three times. Marcus Payotn hauled in six passes for 96 yards while Clayton had four grabs for 68 yards. Andre Payton and Decker combined for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Joe Favinger and Shane Szumski tallied 14 and 12 tackles respectively for the Pride.

 

Athletics information provided courtesy of Matthew Levy, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. To learn more about Aggie victories, please feel free to visit our Athletics site at athletics.delval.edu.