By Steve Maugeri
Three running backs, 322 total rushing yards. These numbers powered the Kutztown University offense in a dominating 54-7 win over PSAC rival Millersville this past weekend. The 383 total rushing yards is the most the Golden Bears have recorded since 2011 against Saint Anselm in 2011. Darrell Scott, James Wah Jr and Terry Williams all eclipsed the century mark on the ground in the game.
The trio of hundred yard rushers is the first ever in school history. Williams led the way with 126 yards on 12 carries. Over his last two games, Williams has ran for 306 yards and four scores. Scott and Wah Jr. each ran for 104 and 102 yards, respectively.
Quarterback Chad Barton continued his outstanding play by throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions, increasing his touchdown-to-interception ratio to 17-1 on the season. Aerial touchdowns were recorded by Kellen Williams and Darrell Scott. Williams and Nathan Hollander hauled in eight of Barton’s 11 completions Notably, the KU offensive line did not allow a sack for the third consecutive game, which is the first time they have achieved such a feat since 2010.
On the defensive side of the ball, KU only allowed 140 yards of total offense. Linebacker Zach Delp led the team with eight total tackles. Fellow Linebackers Sam Dougan and Adam Goeringer finished with seven and six tackles, respectively. Drake Brumfield recorded his team-leading third interception of the game. Jalen Nieves also recorded an interception, which will extend the team’s total to five picks in the last two games.
In their last two contests, the KU defense has only allowed a combined seven points and 187 total yards of offense. Dougan attributes experience as the main reason behind the team’s defensive success. “As a unit, we’ve been playing for two or three years, so there is a lot chemistry with this defense. We feed off each other’s energy. We know that at the end of the day, for us to win a championship, we have to have a good defense,” he said.
The secondary only allowed 98 total yards through the air. Their no-fly zone attitude has led to only a total of 159 passing yards per game, which is first in the PSAC.
KU will begin the roughest stretch of the season next week. Their next two opponents are nationally ranked. They will have a short week when they prepare for West Chester University on Thursday. The Golden Rams are currently ranked ninth in the country and narrowly escaped with a 22-21 win over KU last fall. The game Is a top-five offensive matchup. KU is second in the PSAC in total offense, while WCU is third in the same category. The two squads are also in the top five in the conference in total defense. Kutztown is fourth in the PSAC in total defense while West Chester is second. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on University field for homecoming.