MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – What a difference a season makes for Wilkes.
After allowing an average of 31.8 points per game in 2011, the Colonels defense got off to a great start in 2012 allowing just seven and 225 total yards and adding a key interception in a 9-7 victory over Morrisville State.
The Colonels (1-0) netted the eventual game-winning field goal with 1:25 to go in the game on an 18-yard kick by Jordan Fredo for a 9-7 lead.
The Mustangs (0-1) had plenty of time to march down field and win the game. But on Morrisville's first play from scrimmage, Paul Gaffney intercepted a Jory Tanner pass. Wilkes got the ball back with 1:16 to go and ran out the clock to secure its first season-opening win since 2010.
Fredo also added field goals of 29 and 27 yards as Wilkes scored nine unanswered points after trailing 7-0 at the 4:28 mark of the first quarter.
The Colonels piled up 436 total yards, including 287 through the air as quarterbacks Alex George (130 yards) and Tyler Bernsten (157) each had good outings. Andrew Regan led the receivers with five receptions for 110 yards and was the team's second-leading rusher with 38 yards. George was Wilkes' top rusher with 47 yards.
Wilkes 9, Morrisville State 7
MS – Dunworth 2 run (Drake kick) 4:28
W – Fredo 29 field goal 8:07
W – Fredo 27 field goal :56
W – Fredo 18 field goal 1:25
RUSHING – WILKES, George 14-47, Regan 17-38, Bernsten 12-34, Conklin 2-16, Bachman 1-8, Garvin 3-6, Incremona 3-5, Inguilli 2-(minus-1), TEAM 2-(minus-4); MST, Cesar 8-60, Dunworth 12-52, Tannet 12-15, Henchey 5-12
PASSING – WILKES, Bernsten 10-18-157-1, George 15-23-130-0; MST, Tanner 11-18-86-1
RECEIVING – WILKES, Regan 5-110, Curry 5-49, Devitt 4-37, Behrmann 3-6, Bachman 2-28, Garvin 2-19, Casey 2-17, Bousson 1-16, Schmitt 1-5; MST, Betton 7-57, Mella 2-12, Latta 1-10, Strong 1-7
INTERCEPTIONS – WILKES, Gaffney; MST, Erlwein