DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College football team continued their dominance over New Jersey Athletic Conference competitors, downing NJAC foe Kean University 56-14 on Saturday afternoon at Drass Field.
The squad compiled 541 yards of total offense and earned a total of 23 first downs to secure their sixth win of the season. Joe Callahan finished with 363 yards passing and five touchdowns, tying the program record with 100 career touchdown passes. Bryce Shade was on the receiving end of eight Callahan completions, going for 198 yards and three scores, including touchdown catches of 73 and 80 yards. James Okike finished with 91 yards and a score while Kyle George and Dayshawn Reynolds each found the end zone as well. Jamar Baynard toted the ball 20 times for 64 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wesley rushing attack.
On defense, the Wolverines held Kean, who entered the game averaging 268.8 yards on the ground per contest, to just 104 yards rushing. The Cougars passed for an additional 113 yards for a grand total of just 217 yards. Samer Manna led the Wesley defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble. Brenton Barnes had seven tackles while Ben Robinson finished with five, including three for a loss. Leroy Cheatham earned the Wolverines' only pick of the day and returned it 10 yards as well.
It took the Wesley offense a few drives to get going, but once they did they were nearly impossible to stop. On Wesley's third offensive possession the Wolverines drove 75 yards on eight plays, capped by a 17-yard corner route to Shade for a score, giving the home team a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Wesley added another touchdown drive. This time a 60-yard drive was capped by a four-yard fade from Callahan to Okike, making the score 14-0. The Wolverines went up by three scores on one of the most electrifying plays of the season. Callahan dropped back and hurled a perfect parabola to Shade, hitting the receiver in stride as he trotted past the cornerback and into the endzone for an 80-yard pitch-and-catch.
With 1:21 to play in the first half, Kean finally got on the scoreboard, capitalizing on a Wesley turnover and a costly penalty. The Cougars found the endzone on a 13-yard screen pass from Charles App to Kyree Tyson-Jones, making it 21-7 as the two teams entered halftime.
In the third quarter, the Wolverines pulled away. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Leroy Cheatham picked off a Kean throw and returned it to the 11-yard line where the Wolverines punched it in to begin a huge rally. The Wesley offense rattled off 28 consecutive points, scoring on each of their first four offensive drives of the second half to increase their lead to 49-7.
On the final play of the third quarter, Wesley threw an interception in its own territory. Kean's Austin Davis read the quarterback and jumped a hitch route, picking off the pass and returning it 39 yards for the touchdown, making it 49-14. That was Kean's only score of the second half.
In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines' second offensive unit added an insurance touchdown. Nick Falkenberg connected with Dayshawn Reynolds on a 19-yard pass play on third-and-long to put the Wolverines ahead 56-14, which held as the final score.
The fourth-ranked Wesley football team moves to 6-0 on the season and will return to action on Saturday, October 24 when they host No. 22 Rowan University in a top-25 showdown.