PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Overcomes Injuries To Defeat Towson, Penn and Temple Fall In Close Games
Games of September 29 and 30, 2017
TEMPLE – Overall 2 – 3, 0 – 1 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 20 – 13 vs. Houston at the Linc
Summary – The Owls offensive doldrums continued in the first half and went into the locker room trailing 13 – 0. After halftime the offense keyed by the running game picked up. Temple had a chance at the end of the game, but a deep ball from quarterback Logan Marchi was not deep enough ending their chances. The Cherry and White scored 13 straight points after falling behind 20 – 0. The touchdown was scored by running back David Hood who caught a forward pass from Marchi on an option play.
Running back Ryquell Armstead led the Owls with 63 yards and Hood gained 53 on the ground. Marchi was 20 – 41 for 182 yards. He was intercepted 3 times. Wide Receiver Isaiah Wright caught 5 passes for 53 yards.
For Houston quarterback Kyle Postma threw for 226 yards and ran for 81.
Next Game – October 9 at East Carolina University Noon Kickoff
#14 VILLANOVA – Overall 3 – 2, 1 – 1 CAA
Result – Won 24 – 9 at Towson
Summary – The Wildcats went into the game without defensive back Rob Rolle and tight end Ryan Bell. In the first quarter the team lost quarterback Zach Bednarczyk. It was up to the defense and redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Schetelich to lead Villanova to the win. Schetelich ran for 2 touchdowns and had a scoring toss to wide receiver Taurus Phillips in addition to 40 rushing yards. Running back Aaron Forbes ran for 84 yards.
With Villanova leading 10 – 9 early in the fourth quarter Schetelich was intercepted 15 yards from the Towson goal line. On the next play safety Julian Williams recovered a fumble by Tigers quarterback Ryan Stover at the Towson 89. Schetelich scampered the remaining distance for the score on the next snap. Schetelich ended the scoring with an 11-yard run with 3:12 on the clock.
Defensively, Nova allowed 44 yards rushing, forced four fumbles recovering two, and picked off one pass. It was the seventh straight game in which the Wildcats held their opponent to under 100 yards on the ground. Linebacker Ed Shockley had 13 tackles and corner back Malik Reaves contributed 11 stops.
Next Game – October 7 vs. Maine at Villanova Stadium 1 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 2 – 1, Ivy League 0 – 1
Result – Lost 16 – 13 vs. Dartmouth at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania lost their Ivy opener on a touchdown by Dartmouth running back Jared Gerbino who took the snap and followed the line for the one-yard score as time ran out. Penn trailed for most of the game, but took a lead 13 – 10 with 6:43 to play on a 27-yard field goal by Jack Soslow. The Big Green took the ensuing kickoff and went on the winning drive.
On that final possession Dartmouth was successful on two third down conversions and two fourth downs, the last one at the gun. The Quakers defense kept the Big Green out of the endzone for three plays at the Penn 2 yard line. The fourth time was the charm for Dartmouth.
Penn was hald to 85 yards rushing. Quarterback Will Colbrie-Fischer threw for 158 yards and one score to Justin Watson who caught 6 passes for 55 yards. Watson ran for 26 yards.
Next Game – October 7 at Central Connecticut State University 1 PM Kickoff