PATERSON, N.J. – The Wesley College football team closed out their regular season with a convincing 63-0 victory over New Jersey Athletic Conference rival William Paterson University.
The No. 11 Wolverines gained a total of 576 yards of offense as they rattled off a season-high 63 points. Joe Callahan threw for a season-high seven touchdowns on the day, going 19-for-25 for 363 yards all in the first half. Dan Kesack took over in the second half and rushed for two touchdowns. Nick Falkenberg also saw action under center, going 5-for-5 for 34 yards.
Kesack led all Wesley rushers with 43 yards on five carries. Nine different Wolverines received a carry on the day, including Akiva Wedge, who rushed for 30 yards on four carries. 10 different Wesley wide receivers caught at least one pass on Saturday with Bryce Shade leading the way. The slot receiver caught seven passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. James Okike added four catches for 90 yards and three scores while Kyle George caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Senior Chris Askew recorded his first catch of the season in the second half.
On defense, Samer Manna led the team with eight total tackles while James Williamson added seven including a team-best three tackles for loss. Ray Mangold came away with the team's only sack of the day. The shutout was the first recorded by the Wesley defense since November 29, 2014 when the squad earned a 59-0 playoff win over MIT.
The Wolverines were dominant on offense, moving the ball with ease throughout the first half. After the defense forced a turnover on the opening drive, the Wolverines went 39 yards on seven plays for a score, capped by a five-yard connection from Callahan to Shade. A Speidel extra point gave the team a 7-0 lead.
After another Wesley stop, a 58-yard bomb from Callahan to Okike put the Navy and White ahead 14-0. Three plays into the second quarter, Callahan found Okike again, this time for 19 yards to put the Wolverines up 21-0. The Wesley defense continued providing quick stops, and allowed Callahan and the Wolverine offensive machine to score again and again. The squad put up 28 points in the second quarter to take a 49-0 lead into the halftime break.
Wesley was held scoreless through the third quarter, but the team cranked up their rushing attack behind an aggressive offensive line to drive 71 yards in seven plays and score again with 12:12 left in the fourth quarter to go ahead 56-0. In the final two minutes, Wesley scored again, gaining all of its yards on the ground to go ahead 63-0, which held as the final score.
Wesley caps their regular season with a 9-1 record, including an 8-1 mark in the NJAC standings. The team nearly earned the NJAC crown, but Frostburg State missed a game-winning 57-yard field goal as time expired and Salisbury edged the Bobcats 28-27. The Wolverines will await their postseason fate in hopes of an at-large bid and their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday, November 15.