By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After years as an afterthought, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown has spent the past 11 years as a perennial power in Division III college football. This year is no different as the Aggies are 4-0 after a 41-23 win over Stevenson University on Saturday. Two big reasons Del Val is once again rolling – junior quarterback Aaron Wilmer and senior running back Kyle Schuberth.
Schuberth had a huge day in Saturday’s win, finishing with 214 yards rushing on 37 carries and he tied a program record with four rushing touchdowns.
“He’s a stud,” Delaware Valley head coach Jim Clements told KYW Newsradio after the game. “This (was) his second game back on the year (missed time early with a hamstring). Last week he had (148) yards and a touchdown in his first game back. So he’s a special kid.”
Wilmer’s numbers weren’t as eye-popping this time around on saturday, but he steadily directed the Aggies out of a 17-7 first-half hole by completing 17 of 30 balls for 174 yards and a score.
“He’s done a great job for us,” Clements says. “The guy’s a winner, he’s a competitor. The kids look up to him, he works hard in practice, he’s a leader for us. He gets us in the right plays. He’s a good football player.”
Wilmer is a product of George Washington High School in Philadelphia and this is his third year as the starter for the Aggies. He has completed 57% of his passes this season for 807 yards and seven touchdowns, with just three interceptions. He also has a score on the ground and is third on the team in rushing with 154 yards.
“If the run is there I’ll take it,” Wilmer tells KYW Newsradio. “If the pass is there, we’re going to take it. We’re going to try and put as much pressure on the defense with me as we can with the run and the pass.”
Wilmer has been a top-notch, dual-threat quarterback his entire career. He has also been a stone cold winner. He is 23-4 as a starter for the Aggies and in those 27 games he has thrown for 5,623 yards (third in program history) and 47 touchdowns (fourth in program history). He’s also rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 16 scores. And don’t forget, he is only a junior.
“It’s been a ride man,” Wilmer says. “But this season is what I’m really focused on. We’re undefeated now, like I was my freshman year. We just want to come out, hopefully bring a national championship back to Del Val.”
Schuberth’s huge day on Saturday moved him into third place on the all-time Del Val rushing list with 2,790 yards and he is now second all-time in program history with 35 touchdowns. The Monsignor Bonner product says he does realize he’s made a pretty big impact on the program.
“Honestly, I think about it,” Schuberth tells KYW Newsradio. “After high school and everything, I didn’t do much in high school, sat the bench most of the time. So coming out this year, especially my senior year and doing big things, it’s a special time in my career. I think this organization, there’s nothing like this. It really feels like a family, really gave me an opportunity to play, even from my freshman year.”
And he adds that he thinks he has come a long way since that freshman year.
“I feel like when I got here I was small, impatient and everything,” Schuberth says. “I feel like I learned a lot from the guys in front of me and just over the years of doing it. Whether it’s pass blocking, receiving out of the backfield or just that second effort, making moves and doing what I have to do to get the extra yard.”
The two also enjoy playing together.
“He’s a workhorse, he’s had a great career here and we’re going to keep it going for him,” Wilmer says of Schuberth.
“He is the best quarterback I’ve ever played with in my life,” Schuberth says of Wilmer.
Schuberth, Wilmer and the rest of the Aggies play a critical game on Saturday as they visit Lycoming College, the team they are tied with for the lead in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Both squads have 3-0 league marks.
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