Wolverines Bounce Back with Big Win over Frostburg

Wolverines Bounce Back with Big Win over Frostburg

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Football team bounced back from a season-opening loss with a lopsided 43-7 victory over New Jersey Athletic Conference rival Frostburg State on Saturday afternoon at Drass Field. 

Dan Kesack went 12-for-19 for 255 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. He added 20 yards rushing and a touchdown on a naked bootleg. Jamar Baynard rushed for a touchdown as well. Alex Kemp led the Wesley receiving corps with four catches for 114 yards and two scores. Capp Miller caught a pair of passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Xavier Allen caught just one pass, but it went for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The Wesley defense forced three turnovers, jarring loose three fumbles and jumping on all three. Samer Manna led the way with 12 tackles and a sack. Isaiah Ingram added nine tackles and a sack and Roderick Caine earned a sack among his seven tackles. Ingram, Ben Robinson, and Ryan Daniels each forced a fumble while Stephen Yorkman recovered two and Derek Lauria pounced on the third. 

The Wolverines opened the game exactly as they hoped to, forcing the Bobcats into a quick three-and-out on their first offensive possession. After a 36-yard punt return by Bryce Shade set the Wolverines offense up in great field position, the Wolverines needed just two plays to find paydirt. Kesack found Kemp on a 19-yard fade to put the Navy and White ahead 6-0. 

Near the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines scored again. Kesack found Kemp on another long pass, this time for 43 yards and a score. The extra point put the Navy and White ahead 13-0. 

In the second quarter, Wesley took a 19-0 lead on a 20-yard pass to Cappadonna Miller. The score capped a 34-yard scoring drive that took just three plays. Two plays after the kickoff, the Wolverines got the ball back. Stephen Yorkman recovered a fumble by the Frostburg quarterback, giving the Wolverines the ball at the Frostburg 22. The Wolverines moved the ball forward to the six, but had to settle for a field goal. Nick Bruhn drilled a 23-yard field goal to make it 22-0.

Later in the second quarter, the Wolverines lined up to punt after a stalled offensive drive. Cooper Bentz crushed a 53-yard kick that the Bobcats caught at their own 8-yard line. Najee Wilson forced a fumble on the coverage and Derek Lauria fell on it to put the Wolverines in a goal-to-go situation. Two plays later, Baynard punched in a two-yard run for the score, giving the Wolverines a 29-0 lead. Frostburg mounted a scoring drive before the half and the Wolverines went into the locker room leading 29-7.

In the second half, the Wolverines opened the frame with a statement drive. Just two minutes into the third quarter, Dan Kesack connected with Xavier Allen on a wheel route from the slot for a wide open 62-yard pitch and catch. The score capped a six play, 76 yard drive that put the Wolverines ahead 36-7.

The Navy and White defense adapted a "Bend but Don't Break" mentality in the second half. The squad allowed the Bobcats to drive into the red zone on their next two drives but forced back-to-back turnover on downs, stuffing the visitors at the Wesley five-yard line and the Wesley 16-yard line on consecutive offensive possessions. The Wolverines added an insurance score with 8:43 to go in the fourth quarter. On fourth and goal from the two-yard line, Kesack faked a handoff and rolled out to his right on a naked bootleg, outrunning the last defender to reach the pylon and score, making it 43-7.

 The Wesley defense put together one more stop and forced another Frostburg punt and the Navy and White ran down the clock to give the home team their first win of the 2016 campaign.

Wesley improves to 1-1 on the season including a 1-0 mark in the NJAC. The squad will travel to Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Sept. 17 for another NJAC contest.