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LOCAL COLLEGE: Gillison Fuels Cougars

September 16, 2018

Sam Gillison made a diving catch in the back of the end zone for a

two-point conversion with four seconds left to give Misericordia University a 36-35 win over Widener at

Mangelsdorf Field on Saturday.

Widener (0-3 overall, 0-1 MAC) erased a 14-point deficit by scoring 21 straight points and took the lead when Chris Randle scored on a 40-yard run with 5:02 left. On the ensuing drive, Brady Williams scrambled for a first down on third-and-7 and later hit Klayton Kelly for a 23-yard gain. Brady Williams scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 35-34 and then found Gillison for the two-point conversion.

Widener tied the game at 14 with a touchdown with two seconds left in the first half. Misericordia (1-1, 1-0) answered with a pair of scores in the third quarter. Brady Williams hit Isaiah Williams for a 19-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars the lead and Damian Diaz then returned an interception 54 yards for a score.

Dunmore graduate Garrett Murray had seven tackles for Misericordia.

King’s 65, Hartwick 48

At Wilkes-Barre, King’s College scored 46 points in the first half to roll to a win.

Jordan Downes, Titus Nelson and Gabe Boccella had touchdown runs in the first quarter for the Monarchs (1-1), but Hartwick kept pace with two touchdown runs by Ronald Ballard. In the second quarter, Bryce Macina scored on a 17-yard run for Hartwick and then threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Mucci to give the Hawks (2-1) a 27-23 lead. But King’s answered with three touchdowns and a field goal in the final six minutes of the first half. Tommy Klock scored on a 1-yard run to cap an 11-play, 65-yard drive. Yusef Wheeler then returned a fumble 10 yards for a score for King’s and Klock threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Downes before Jack Barrerras kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and King’s led 46-27.

Downes finished with 156 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Old Forge graduate Mando Sallavanti had nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble for King’s and Old Forge graduate Jaret Horn had four tackles.

Delaware Valley 21, Wilkes 10

At Doylestown, Dashawn Darden scored two rushing touchdowns to lead Delaware Valley in a Middle Atlantic Conference game.

Darden opened the scoring with a 69-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies (2-1 overall, 1-0 MAC) a 7-0 lead. Wilkes (1-2, 0-1) answered back with a long drive that lasted over seven minutes spanning 14 plays and 89 yards. Jose Tabora used two completions, one to Yanik for 18 yards on fourth down to keep the drive alive and another to Derek Nelson for 12 yards to move the ball inside Delaware Valley’s 5. Tabora then connected with Nelson on a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7.

Quadir Strothers added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Aggies with 25 seconds left in the first half. Alexander DeSpirito converted a 25-yard field goal for the Colonels but Darden’s 15-yard touchdown run with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter sealed the win. Darden had 89 yards passing and 145 yards rushing for the Aggies. Jose Tabora had 214 yards passing and 50 yards rushing for Wilkes.

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