LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Cougars Edge Out Widener
At Mangelsdorf Field, Sam Gillison made a diving catch for a two-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining that lifted the Misericordia football team past Widener, 36-35, on Saturday.
Quarterback Brady Williams led the Cougars with 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns and added another touchdown through the air.
Misericordia started the winning drive on its own 25, and Williams eventually scored on a 1-yard run.
Widener — which tied for second place in the MAC last season — had scored 21 straight points before that to take the lead.
Misericordia moved to 1-1 (1-0 MAC) and will face Wilkes next Saturday.
Delaware Valley 21, Wilkes 10
Two years after quarterback Jose Tabora and Wilkes shocked nationally-ranked Delaware Valley on the road, the Colonels came close to pulling off another victory in Doylestown.
Tabora failed to connect with receiver Nick Yanik in the end zone on fourth-and-2 from the 5, and the fourth-quarter opportunity proved to be the Colonels’ best shot at erasing their 14-10 deficit. Several possessions later, Aggies quarterback Dashawn Darden’s 15-yard touchdown run sealed Del Val’s win.
Tabora was 21 of 37 passing for 214 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and he also ran 17 times for 50 yards. Yanik led the receivers with 9 receptions for 90 yards, and Derek Nelson followed with 6 catches, 60 yards and a touchdown.
Darden was a 12-for-18 passer for only 89 yards, but he led Del Val with his feet. He took a team-high seven carries and went for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
At the Marts Center, Wilkes recorded 37 service aces en route to wins over Medgar Evers (3-0) and Wesley (3-1) on Saturday.
Laura Booths led the Colonels (8-3) with seven kills in the opener, while Sierra Smith had five kills and eight digs. Karlye Huffman dished out 45 assists in the second match.
Misericordia 3, Alfred 1
Misericordia 3, Cairn 0
At Elizabethtown’s Blue Jay Classic, Sarah Pool had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Jassmine Watson totaled 11 kills and 13 digs as the Cougars took match 1 of 2.
The Cougars won their next match in straight sets, with Tara Welliver notching 11 kills and Pool adding 10 kills and 12 digs.
At Keystone, Cole Hefner scored a late goal to force overtime, but Wilkes fell 2-1.
Michael Nyarko scored the winner only four minutes into the extra frame, dropping Wilkes to 2-2-1.
At Bard, Haley Evans scored the lone goal for Wilkes in a 3-1 loss.
The Colonels (2-2) outshot their opponents and had more corner opportunities, but two second-half goals were the difference for Bard.
At Misericordia’s Cougar Classic, Misericordia’s women took the team title as Clare Schoen won the 6K race in 23:56, 28 seconds ahead of teammate Meredit Hartz.
Misericordia had five runners finish in the top 10, including Olivia Vissaggio and Jordyn Donnelly in fourth and fifth, and Rowan Pepe in eighth.
Misericordia’s men’s team took second to Scranton, meanwhile, behind Alex Fitch’s runner-up finish in 27:38. It was actually an MU Alumni runner, Sean Luzzi, who won the race in 27:12.
Wilkes’ women placed fourth, led by Autumn Pedron’s season-best 27:13.30; she placed 21st.
With Phillip Castrine taking 15th in a career-best 29:27.70, Wilkes’ men’s team placed fourth overall.