DOYLESTOWN — The streak had to end sometime.
King’s College’s Ron Garrett, who entered Saturday’s game against Delaware Valley with a defensive touchdown in five straight games, saw his run end.
It probably doesn’t matter to the senior though.
That’s because the Monarchs pulled off their biggest win in quite some time, stunning perennial MAC power DelVal with a 21-14 win in overtime for their first win over the Aggies since 2003.
King’s wins its fourth straight game for the first time since winning six in a row since 2006, improves to 4-2 in the MAC, 4-3 overall and continues to rise to the top of the league’s standings. The team will host Lycoming (5-2, 5-1) on Nov. 2 with a chance to climb even higher in the standings.
The Monarchs are now a game behind MAC leaders Lebanon Valley, Widener and Lycoming, with a game also remaining against Widener.
The game-winning touchdown came when tailback Kyle McGrath scored on a 9-yard run, putting King’s in front 21-14. They won the game later in overtime when the defense stuffed the Aggies (4-2, 5-2).
On DelVal’s drive, tailback Kyle Schuberth carried for 2 yards on first down, but on the next play, a bobbled snap on the center-to-quarterback exchange resulted in no gain. After an incomplete pass on third-and-8, Aggies quarterback Charlie Martella was flushed from the pocket by Garrett and James Burke batted down the pass at the line of scrimmage as the Monarchs pulled off the victory.
The Monarchs came from behind in this one, trailing by a touchdown twice. They tied the game at 14-14 when Dan Kempa (10 receptions, 114 yards) hauled in a 39-yard TD pass from Tyler Hartranft (162 yards) with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter after DelVal took a 14-7 lead on the previous drive.
The Aggies, who have won four of the last five MAC championships, jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with 9:33 remaining. King’s tied the score at 7-7 with 10:40 remaining in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD run by backup quarterback Tom Hehre, who led the Monarchs’ running game with a team-high 34 yards.
Garrett wasn’t shut out completely. He had a tremendous game at defensive end, piling up 12 tackles and one tackle for a loss.
King’s 21, Delaware Valley 14, OT
DV — B. Martella 3 pass from C. Martella (Snyder kick) 9:33
KING’S — Hehre 5 run (Mulvihill kick) 10:40
DV — Schuberth 13 run (Snyder kick) 1:52
KING’S — Kempa 39 pass from Hartranft (Mulvihill kick) 2:06
KING’S — McGrath 9 run (Mulvihill kick)
RUSHING — KING’S, Tyler Hartranft 3-6, Tom Hehre 7-34, Kyle McGrath 15-23, Patrick Robinson 6-14. DV, Chris Smallwood 2-13, Tyler Bing 5-21, Michael Anusky 3-22, Charlie Marterella 2-(minus-17), Kyle Schuberth 32-188, Darren Parrott 2-5, TEAM 2-(minus-5).
PASSING — KING’S, Tyler Hartranft 18-31-2-162, Tom Hehre 0-0-0-0. DV, Charlie Martella 8-21-3-88.
RECEIVING — KING’S, Josh Sanders 1-4, Darren Mitchell 2-19, Dan Kempa 10-114, Kyle McGrath 4-17, Patrick Robinson 1-8. DV, Bobby Martella 1-3, Max Stella 1-10, Lewis Vincent 3-34, Rasheed Bailey 3-41.
INTERCEPTIONS — KING’S, Justin Burke 1-24, Nick Kaijala 1-0, A. Martuccio 1-0. DV, Danny Wynne 1-0, Chris Vega 1-22.
MISSED FGs — KING’S none. DV, Snyder (22, missed), (32, blocked).