DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Football team fought through the sloppy conditions on Saturday afternoon, relying on their blunt-nosed run game and a steadfast defense to earn a 41-0 win over New Jersey Athletic Conference rival The College of New Jersey.
The shutout victory was Wesley's first of the season. The last time the Wolverines shut out their opponent was the 2015 regular season finale when the squad tore into William Paterson with a 63-0 victory.
E.J. Lee ran wild against the Lions, finishing with career highs in yardage (157 yards) and (three touchdowns) on 15 carries, averaging more than 10 yards per rush. Jamar Baynard ran for 77 yards and a touchdown as well. Nick Falkenberg threw for a team-high 120 yards and a touchdown. Alex Kemp was on the receiving end of the score and led the Wolverines with six catches.
On the defensive side, Isaiah Ingram led the team with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. Roy Mangold and Nmandi Njoku each led the team with two tackles for loss on the day. The Wolverines sacked the quarterback five times and recorded 12 total tackles for loss. Roderick Caine forced a fumble and recovered it to go along with his five tackles. Rodney Snider recorded the Wolverines' first interception of the season and returned it for 36 yards.
The Wolverines got out to an early lead on an 80-yard drive midway through the first quarter. Baynard capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown scamper around the right tackle. Later in the quarter, Nick Bruhn made it 10-0 with a 30-yard field goal.
In the second quarter, the Wolverine offense was kept quiet, but the defense stepped up their game. The Wolverine defense allowed just 32 yards of offense to the Lions in the second quarter, keeping their offense in the game and winning the field position battle. The Wolverines took advantage on the last play of the half when Eric Speidel drilled a chip shot field goal to put the squad ahead 13-0 heading into the break.
In the third quarter, the Wolverines set the tone with an 80-yard scoring drive. Lee busted open a 35-yard run to set up the Wesley offense with great field position. Nick Falkenberg connected with Alex Kemp on a six-yard touchdown six plays later to make it 20-0.
On the Lions' next drive, Wesley helped the visitors move the chains with a pair of penalties but forced a crucial turnover to halt the attack. Roderick Caine and Isaiah Ingram combined to sack the quarterback, forcing a fumble and falling on the ball for an impact play, giving the Wolverines excellent field position. A few plays later, Lee found the end zone for his first touchdown of the day, making it 27-0. The shifty running back would polish off two more scoring drives as Wesley rolled to a 41-0 win.
Saturday marked the second consecutive game that the Wolverines had two rushers with at least 80 yards on the ground. Lee's 157 yards are the most rushing yards by a Wesley freshman since Baynard rushed for 123 yards against Alfred State in 2013.
The Wolverines move to 3-2 on the season, climbing to above .500 for the first time this year. The squad also improves to 3-1 and moves into a tie for first place in the NJAC standings. Wesley, Christopher Newport, Frostburg State, Rowan, and Salisbury each have one loss on the year.