Villanova’s Akins finishing on high note
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For sheer drama, however, it would be tough to top what took place Saturday in Delaware and throughout the Colonial Athletic Association as Villanova looked to secure a playoff bid. First and foremost the Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 CAA) needed to take care of their end of the bargain by defeating the Blue eens. Led in part by Akins’ two IRuUWK-TuDUWHU LQWHUFHSWLRQV — WKH fiUVW LQ the end zone with Delaware looking to trim Vr’s lead to 20-1T and the second resulting in a 45-yard touchdown return for a 34-10 advantage — Villanova rolled past rD, 41-10, to win a share of the conference title.
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“It’s a great feeling to come from how low we were last year to rise to the top of the league this year,” said Akins. “We knew we had to (win at Delaware) and hope for the best.”
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North Penn graduate Ronnie Akins hopes to extend his career as Villanova enters the FCS playoffs.