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Former CR Standouts and current Kings College athletes shine in 51-7 Victory

 

       

     Devrin Baynard                Jordan Downes

(Caesar Rodney)                (Caesar Rodney)

READING, PA (October 13, 2018) – The King's College football team evened its record with a strong road performance Saturday, knocking off Alvernia University 51-7 in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play from Alvernia Stadium.

The seven points allowed were the fewest that King's has allowed since October 4, 2014 in a 10-7 win over Lebanon Valley College, while the 102 total yards offensively were the fewest in the King's modern era of football dating back to 1993. The 46-point win was also the largest margin of victory since a 56-0 win over Susquehanna in 2005.

The King's defense was stifling in the opening half, allowing only 63 total yards while holding Alvernia to 1-of-6 on third downs. In the first quarter, King's jumped out on top 3-0 after driving 10 plays over 78 yards culminating in a 33-yard field goal by Jack Barreras. It was Barreras' eighth straight field goal made, as he approaches the all-time season record for field goal makes at 10.

The Monarchs added to their lead at 10-0 at 12:13 left in the second quarter, as Jordan Downes hammered in from a yard out to finish a 10-play, 50-yard drive over 4:10 that spanned the end of the first quarter and into the second.

King's forced a pair of three-and-outs, getting the ball back at 5:23 of the second quarter. On fourth-and-goal from the one, Klock called his own number on the zone read, and reached the ball over the end line at 2:13 to give the Monarchs a 17-0 lead after the Barreras' kick.

KC once again got off the field after three plays and blocked the ensuing punt by Brendan Mozeleski to set King's up at the Alvernia 23-yard line. The visiting Monarchs needed only three plays to hit paydirt, as Klock connected with a wide-open Jayner Gorospe in the right corner to make the score 24-0 at the half.

After the break, King's would increase its lead to 31-0 with 10:19 to go in the third quarter as Tommy Klock completed a 41-yard pass to Gabe Boccella to get down to the seven-yard line. On the next play, Klock rumbled in for his second touchdown of the game, taking a read-option in.

The Monarchs forced another 3-and-out and took the next drive in for another score on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Klock to senior CJ Curry for his first touchdown reception of the year to make it 38-0.

After Alvernia scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 8:28 to play, King's responded with a strong eight-play, 58-yard drive that finished with a four-yard touchdown rush from freshman Quincy Clark. For Clark, it was his first collegiate score as he rushed for 22 yards and caught a 30-yard pass on the drive.

King's induced another punt on the next drive and needed only three plays to post another historic score for two youngsters. After carries from Clark and Mozeleski, freshman Tyler Moore threw his collegiate touchdown pass to Joel Whitteker for 64 yards to finish the scoring. It was Whitteker's first touchdown reception at King's College.

The defensive performance from the Monarchs was dominant, as they allowed only 30 rushing yards, six first-downs, 2.08 yards per play and held Alvernia to 1-to-12 on third downs.

King's finished with 533 total yards of offense, rushing for 220 while throwing for 313 including averaging 17.4 yards per reception. Klock finished 15-for-21 for 213 yards and two scores through the air, while adding two rushing touchdowns and 26 yards on the ground. Moore was 3-for-5 for 100 yards and a touchdown in relief action at quarterback.

Downes would finish his day with 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Clark added a career-high 33 yards for King's. Boccella finished with a team-high 88 yards receiving on three catches, while Curry posted three catches for 41 yards and a score. Gorospe added a career-high five receptions for 30 yards and his touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, Izuchukwu Mozie made seven stops and three for loss, while Mando Sallavanti finished with six tackles. Senior defensive end Devrin Baynard continued his strong season with 2.5 sacks, as he helped on an Antonio Rogers sack as well. Junior Mikal Butler recovered a fumble and broke up one pass, and freshman Glenn Mandere also defended one pass.

The MAC's second-leading rusher Malcom Carey gained 61 yards on the ground on 12 carries, leading Alvernia (1-5, 0-5 MAC). Jake Dilcher was 3-for-6 off the bench for the Golden Wolves, throwing for 25 yards and a touchdown.

King's College will be back here in Reading, PA next weekend, taking on Albright College at 1 p.m. October 20 in more MAC play from Gene Shirk Stadium.

 

Photos and Story courtesy of Kings College


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