Delaware Valley University football sets remarkable streak

Matt Leon
October 30, 2019 - 2:46 pm
Delaware Valley University football team running out to the field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Success has become a constant for the Delaware Valley University football team.

The Division III Aggies have spent more than 15 years as an elite program. This season, things are no different as DelVal is 7-1 and ranked as high as 12th in the nation in heading into Saturday's road game with Alvernia. 

There are several ways to document just how good the Aggies have been, but they recently set a record that really puts it in perspective. 

This past Saturday, DelVal hammered Lebanon Valley College in Doylestown 51-3. It was the Aggies' 26th consecutive win in Middle Atlantic Conference play, breaking the previous record of 25 straight MAC wins set by Lycoming in the early nineties. 

"Going into the year, I didn't know that it was coming up," DelVal head coach Duke Greco told KYW Newsradio about the streak. "Found out a couple weeks ago. Here it's always about the next game, but as an alum of DelVal I'm just proud of the university. I think it shows the university's commitment to our students. Every student here knows, from the top down, that they are committed to seeing these guys succeed. This is just an example of that. As a coach, I just feel really grateful over the streak. I've worked with the same staff, it's a staff that has stayed together the whole time and they are amazing coaches and some of my best friends. So that's a good feeling. But most importantly, just grateful to be surrounded by amazing, hard-working players. It's their streak, they accomplished it and earned it."

The Aggies last MAC loss came in October 2016 at the hands of Stevenson. The streak started the following week with a 50-21 win over FDU-Florham.

Greco talked about what has allowed the 2019 Aggies to have the success they have had so far.

"It starts on defense," he said. "They've been really amazing. They have a chance to go down maybe as one of the best units we've had here. But there's still a lot of time left and how they play in the big games coming up is going to determine their legacy. But top to bottom, the defense is pretty special. Offensively, we're fast, we're athletic and I think most important with that group, we're pretty intelligent. They handle a lot mentally."

That Delaware Valley defense is holding opponents to 10.3 points (fifth in the country) and 178.4 yards per game (second in the country). Offensively, the Aggies average a robust 37.5 points a game.

In their last five wins, the Aggies have been absolutely dominant, outscoring their opponents 217-30.  As impressive as DelVal has been, Greco thinks they can still be even better.

"These guys," he said, "with their work ethic and ability, there's a lot of room to still grow and I think we've got a special team. I'm just excited to see how we finish."

Saturday's game with Alvernia gets underway at noon.

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