Rough Start Dooms King’s
WILKES-BARRE — The King’s College football team suffered through a horrific start as the Monarchs fell behind by two touchdowns after just over three minutes of play and were down three touchdowns at the end of one quarter.
It led to a 41-25 loss to visiting Widener University Saturday at McCarthy Stadium.
With the loss, Widener improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the Middle Atlantic Conference while King’s slipped to 2-3, 1-2.
King’s disastrous start began on the second play of the game when Monarch quarterback Tommy Klock was sacked and fumbled. Two plays later, Pride quarterback Mitchell Vierling hitPat Downey for a 25-yard touchdown.
The ensuing drive for King’s resulted in anothebr fumble and three plays later, Vierling found Joey Bristow for a 16-yard touchdown.
“You dig yourself a pretty deep hole right there against a good football team and now you have to climb out of that and they obviously get the fast start so they can kind of do whatever they want to do as they have a high level of comfort,” King’s coach Jeff Knarr said. “When you come out with a disastrous start like that against anyone in our conference you are in trouble.”
After a King’s field goal, Widener’s Donte’ Harrell broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run to push the score to 21-3 with 5:21 to go in the opening quarter.
Things continued to spiral downward for King’s. A blocked punt set up Widener for a field goal that made it 24-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The lead ballooned again on an 8-yard Johnny Bauer touchdown run with less than four minutes to play before halftime.
Things started to turn the Monarchs’ way when they recovered a Widener fumble and Klock found 6-foot-5 Devin Ringler for a 9-yard touchdown that made it 31-10 at the break.
Widener’s lead grew to 41-10 late in the third quarter before King’s put together a 12-play, 96-yard drive capped by a 10-yard scoring pass from Klock to Tim Costantino.
Klock added another touchdown pass to Titus Nelson late in the game.
“What I love about our kids is that they are resilient,” Knarr stated. “We made every mistake known to mankind and if we take away some of those mistakes we are right there with them.
“In the second half we started to create some momentum on defense and we moved the ball offensively. After the first drive of the second half, our defense started to look like our defense. We were stopping the run and putting pressure on the quarterback. Our offense was moving the ball with a good mix of run and pass and it looked like King’s College football. Unfortunately I didn’t do a good enough job of getting them ready to play all four quarters.
Statistically, King’s owned a 474-326 advantage in total yards after the Monarchs outgained the Pride 235-114 in the second half.
Klock finished the game completing 21 of 33 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns, while also rushing for 116 yards on 16 attempts.
Widener 24 7 10 7 — 41
King’s 3 7 0 15 — 25
W - Pat Downey 25 pass from Mitchell Vierling (Larry Eimer kick), 13:30 W - Joey Bristow 16 pass from Vierling (Eimer kick), 11:34 K - Jack Barreras 25 field goal, 5:43
W - Donte’ Harrell 63 run (Elmer kick), 5:21 W - Elmer 37 field goal, :10
W - Johnny Bauer 5 run (Elmer kick), 3:49 K - Devin Ringler 21 pass from Tommy Klock (Barreras kick), :28
W - Jordan Powell 6 pass from Vierling (Elmer kick), 10:06 W - Elmer 30 field goal, 4:37
K - Tim Costantino 10 pass from Klock (Barreras kick), 11:27 K - Titus Nelson 9 pass from Klock (Nelson run), 7:07
First Downs 17 28 Rushing-Att-Yards 34-162 41-193 Comp-Att-Int 16-29-0 25-44-1 Passing Yards 164 281 Total Yards 326 474 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2 Penalties-Yards 4-25 7-65
Rushing: Widener-Harrell 9-113; Bauer 18-73; Vierling 7-minus 24. King’s-Tommy Klock 16-116; Jordan Downes 18-69; Titus Nelson 4-9; Tyler Moore 3-minus 1.
Passing: Widener-M. Vierling 16-29-0-164. King’s-Tommy Klock 21-33-1-229; Tyler Moore 4-11-0-52.
Receiving: Widener-Joey Bristow 4-23; Ryan Gallagher 3-45; Pat Downey 3-44; Donte’ Harrell 2-12; Johnny Bauer 1-12; Jarod Reinhart 1-11; Sap 1-11; Jordan Powell 1-6. King’s-Gabe Boccella 5-79; Jordan Downes 5-73; Tim Costantino 5-38; Titus Nelson 5-24; Devin Ringler 3-38; Joel Whitteker 2-29.