BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Wesley College Football team used a dominant rushing attack to earn a big New Jersey Athletic Conference win over Southern Virginia University, 63-9. Jamar Baynard rushed for a five rushing touchdowns, tying a Wesley single-game program record.
The senior running back scored five times on just 18 carries, rushing for 162 yards and averaging 9.0 yards per carry. E.J. Lee added 91 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 14 carries. Lee also caught a touchdown pass. Bryce Shade was the Wolverines top aerial threat, catching six passes for 163 yards and a score.
On defense, Andre Connally led the team with nine tackles including 3.5 tackles for loss. Najee Wilson and Mike Sabino each finished with a sack while Anthony Brinkley forced and recovered a fumble. Wesley combined for 14 tackles for loss in the game, sending the Knights backwards multiple times.
The Knights had the first chance at putting points on the board, but missed a field goal. The Wolverines capitalized, driving 80 yards on six plays for a touchdown. Baynard rushed for 39 yards on the drive and Shade capped the drive with a 27-yard touchdown reception. After a Speidel extra point, the Navy and White led 7-0.
On the Knights' next drive the Wolverines forced the Knights backwards and took over the ball on the SVU 9-yard line. On the squad's first offensive snap, Baynard punched in a nine-yard run for a score putting Wesley ahead 14-0. After a Knights field goal, Wesley scored again using a five-play drive to go 70 yards. Baynard finished the drive again, this time with a three yard run for the score, making it 21-3.
E.J. Lee got in on the scoring, galloping in for a three-yard score to make it 28-3 with 6:27 to go before halftime. The Knights followed with their first and only touchdown of the game but failed to convert the two-point conversion, making the score 28-9. Baynard punched in two more scores before the halftime break and the Wolverines ended the period with a 42-9 lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Baynard rushed for the record-tying score, finding the end zone for the fifth time on the day. His rushing score tied him with Brandon Steinheim who rushed for five scores against Salisbury in 1996. He also ties the NCAA Division III record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game this season, matching Susquehanna's Cameron Ott and Bethel's Bridgeport Tusler.
Later in the quarter, Nick Falkenberg tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Lee, converting on 4th-and-18 and putting Wesley ahead 56-9. Another Lee rushing touchdown made it 63-9 in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines continued to stifle the Knights' offense. The Navy and White held the Knights scoreless through the second half.
Wesley improves to 2-2 on the season and 2-1 in the NJAC. The squad will play host to The College of New Jersey on October 8 as a part of Homecoming Weekend.