COLLEGE FOOTBALL: WEEK 3 RECAP AND WEEK 4 PREVIEW. DEL VAL'S MICHAEL NOBILE IS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BY ROCK HOFFMAN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL EDITOR
Recapping week 3 of the season, Delaware Valley defensive end Michael Nobile is the FootballStories College Player of the Week. The sophomore, who was an All-American as a freshman, got off to a fast start in the Aggies first game – a 37-7 win over Kean – by recording a safety midway through the first quarter for Del Val’s first points of the 2019 season. He finished with eight tackles including 6.5 which accounted for 23 yards in losses; he also added half a sack. As a team, the Aggies held to Cougars to minus-nine yards rushing. This Saturday, the 13th ranked Aggies (1-0) host No. 22 Wesley (1-0) which opened the season with a 69-0 blowout of Franklin Pierce University.
Widener and Rowan started their seasons against each other for the sixth year in a row and for just the second time since they started the annual kickoff meeting, Widener was victorious. They topped the Profs 38-28 in Glassboro in front of a crowd of 5,411. The Pride (1-0) is on the road at Lycoming (0-1)
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Mike Barainyak Widener’s first year head coach when asked about the Pride’s visit to Williamsport which is a rare overnight road trip. “It’s our first year in this regime so it gives us an opportunity to get closer as a team. I think in the future, it’s going to make us a little tighter and continue to foster the culture we really want. Anytime you put 17 to 22-year-old guys on a bus that aren’t used to staying at a hotel, we’ve got to coach everything now so we’ve got to make sure we’re coaching that up as well.”
Rowan (0-1) hosts No. 12 Linfield College.
Elsewhere at the Division III level, The College of New Jersey (0-1) lost at No. 8 Muhlenberg 45-26. This week, the Lions entertain SUNY Cortland (1-0). Ursinus (1-0) topped Bethany (WV) 22-10. On Saturday, they’re at Gettysburg (0-1).
Temple (1-0) had an early bye week and return to action on Saturday at Noon when they host No. 21 Maryland.
Villanova (2-0) started slowly but ultimately beat Lehigh 38-10. The Wildcats, who are ranked 22nd in the FCS level, meet a Patriot League team for the third game in a row when they travel to Bucknell on Saturday night.
No. 18 Delaware bested Rhode Island 44-36 in three overtimes. This week, the Blue Hens (2-0) take on the challenge of No. 1 North Dakota State (2-0) Saturday at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware State (0-1), after a week off, hosts Lincoln (PA) on Saturday afternoon. It’s the first meeting between these former CIAA foes in 59 years. The Lions (0-1) opened with a 57-13 loss to Lock Haven.
West Chester opened with a 14-7 win over Bentley. This Saturday, the No. 19 Golden Rams (1-0) are on the road to Erie, PA to take on Gannon University (1-0).
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