LOCAL COLLEGE: Williams, Misericordia Topple King’s
Brady Williams threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Misericordia University to a 41-23 win over King’s College on Saturday.
Williams threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Klayton Kelly to give the Cougars (7-1, 6-0 MAC) a 7-0 lead. King’s (4-4, 3-3) answered with a 10-play drive that Jordan Downes capped with a 5-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 7, but Misericordia pulled ahead with a pair of scores in the second quarter.
Dunmore graduate Garrett Murray returned an interception 38 yards for a score and Williams had a 9-yard touchdown run to give Misericordia a 20-7 lead.
Murray finished with 18 tackles and 1½ sacks for the Cougars, Wallenpaupack graduate Kenny Grady had five tackles and a sack and Delaware Valley graduate Nikolai Kepple had five tackles.
Downes ran for 173 yards for King’s, Old Forge graduate Mando Sallavanti had 12 tackles and Old Forge graduate Jaret Horn had five tackles.
Wilkes 14, Lycoming 7
At Edwardsville, Wilkes University’s defense held Lycoming to 186 total yards and forced seven punts to earn a victory.
Jose Tabora gave the Colonels (5-4 overall, 4-3 MAC) a 7-0 lead with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Steeber in the first quarter. Keith Batkowski tied the game midway through the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Tabora threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nick Yanik early in the fourth quarter to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive. Wilkes forced the Warriors to punt on its next two possessions and then stopped Lycoming on downs with 15 seconds left to earn the win.
Tabora finished with 241 yards passing and 61 yards rushing for Wilkes.
Longtime coach steps down
Denny Douds, head coach of the East Stroudsburg University football team for the last 45 yards, announced he is stepping down while addressing his team after a 48-35 loss to Ohio Dominican in the Warriors’ home finale.
Douds was the NCAA active leader in career wins (264) and games coached (471) and set the PSAC record for wins in 2008. He ranks 16th all-time in NCAA history in career wins and seventh in games coached. Douds will take on increased fundraising responsibilities at the school and will remain assistant professor of Sport Management.
Associate head coach Jimmy Terwilliger will serve as interim head coach for the final two games of the season — Nov. 3 at Shippensburg and Nov. 10 at Clarion.