DOVER, Del. - It had been 13 years since the Wesley College Football team had lost a season opener at home. Delaware Valley ended that streak with a 21-14 win over the Wolverines in last week's season premier. This week, the Wolverines are looking to rebound with a victory in their New Jersey Athletic Conference opener against Frostburg State University.
Wesley has not lost games in consecutive weeks since 2002, when they fell to Davidson and Salisbury in back-to-back contests. Since 2000, Wesley has posted a 19-3 record in games played the week after a loss. The Wolverines have crushed their opponents in those games, averaging a 23.3 point margin of victory.
Though the Frostburg State Bobcats are not just going to roll over for their conference rivals. The Bobcats were picked as the NJAC Dark Horse, selected to finish third in the conference standings by the NJAC Coaches in the Preaseason Poll. They enter off a 31-10 win over Geneva last week.
Wesley ripped the Bobcats in last year's season opener, earning a 44-3 victory in Western Maryland. Bryce Shade caught six passes for four touchdowns, including an 87-yard pitch-and-catch to take the wind out of Frostburg's sails. The Wolverines will look to repeat that kind of success at Drass Field on Saturday.
Dan Kesack has been given the starting nod this week after coming off the bench to play a handful of series' in last week's affair. Kesack went 15-for-24 passing for 135 yards and found Shade in the end zone for the Wolverines' only throwing score. He also threw a pick in the third quarter.
Jamar Baynard will be looking for the ball again this week. The senior running back could creep to fourth on Wesley's all-time rushing list with 20 more rushing yards, and needs only two rushing touchdowns to take lone possession of third all-time in Wolverines history.
On defense, the Wolverines will be hoping to create turnovers, something they were not able to do against Delaware Valley. The Navy and White defensive unit was stellar against the Aggies though, keeping them off the board completely in the second half while limiting them to just five first downs. If the squad can maintain that momentum moving into this week's contest, the Bobcats will have a very difficult time generating an offense.
Wesley and Frostburg will face off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Drass Field.