Wesley Falls to Kean in Fourth Quarter
UNION, N.J. - An 11-yard pass from Kean's Tom D'Ambrisi to TJ Denehy with 1:18 to play negated a Wesley comeback as the Wolverines fell 31-28 on the road.
Shane McSweeny (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) passed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns - including two to Jared Morris (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East), but several costly mistakes doomed the Wolverines.
Wesley had taken a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 16-yard pass from McSweeny to Morris with 4:19 to play.
Kean got onto the scoreboard with a 28-yard by Billy Daniels with 9:22 left in the half.
On Wesley's next possession, Matt Clerk blocked the punt and on the Cougars' first play, D'Ambrisi hit Lester Smith for 24 yards and a 10-6 lead. Kean's Nick Graff blocked a punt on Wesley's next possession and then fell on it in the end zone to put the Wolverines down 17-6.
Later in the quarter, Wesley put together a 13-play drive capped by an eight yard strike from McSweeny to McAndrew and then the duo hooked up on the two-point conversion to make it 17-14 at the half.
The Wolverines took the lead in the third quarter when McSweeny threaded the needle to Matt Barile (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) for a 73-yard catch and run and a 21-17 Wolverine lead.
The Cougars struck back in the fourth quarter with a 50-yard scoring strike from D'Ambrisi to Lester Smith with 9:26 to play.
Wesley went ahead late in the game when Morris and McSweeny connected for the second time with 2:43 to play.
Kean, however, ran off nine plays covering 60 yards and 1:17 capped by the pass from D'Ambrisi to Denehy.
Wesley had one last chance, but Wolverines turned the ball over at Kean's 20 yard line with just 50 seconds remaining.
McSweeny finished 23-of-34 for 311 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 77 more. Jeremiah Howe (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge South) caught eight passes for 96 yards to lead a contingent of eight Wolverines who caught passes in the contest.
Mike Asiedu (Yonkers, N.Y./Gorton) paced the defense with nine tackles.
D'Ambrisi went 21-of-36 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Smith led the team with 88 receiving yards and two scores.
The Wolverines' defense limited the Cougars to just 36 rushing yards as Wesley outgained the Kean 463-295.
The loss snapped Wesley's 28-game regular season winning streak and 14-game regular season road win streak.
After an off week, the Wolverines travel to Husson on September 24.