Lee, Okike combine for five touchdowns as No. 14/14 Wesley tops Rowan

Photo by Angela Benefield
Photo by Angela Benefield

DOVER, Del. – The No. 14/14 Wesley College football team picked up their sixth-straight win with a 34-3 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory at home over the Rowan Profs on Saturday.

The Wesley offense recorded 444 yards of total offense. Wide receiver James Okike reeled in eight passes from Khaaliq Burroughs for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Burroughs was 22-for-29 passing for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Burroughs also ran the ball six times for 29 yards.

Running back E.J. Lee ran the ball 19 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Lee also caught seven passes for 66 yards. 

The Wesley defense held Rowan to 214 yards. Samer Manna led the way with a game-high 14 tackles. Mike Sabino notched eight tackles. Manna and Sabino added a tackle for loss. Isaiah Ingram and Stephen Yorkman both collected seven tackles. Ingram sacked the quarterback twice and picked up 2.5 tackles for loss. Stefon Woodruff forced and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.

Wesley forced a punt on Rowan's opening drive of the game. On Wesley's first possession of the game, Lee took the handoff 45 yards for a touchdown. 

Lee crossed the goal line from two yards out to cap off a 10-play, 80-yard drive to start the second quarter. Rowan responded with a 28-yard field goal to score their first points of the game with 8:53 left in the first half.

After a 24-yard completion by Burroughs to Alex Kemp, Lee notched his third touchdown of the first half when he scored on a five-yard run. The extra point was no good but Wesley held the 20-3 lead over Rowan right before the halftime break. An interception with two seconds left in half by Cappadonna Miller preserved the 17-point Wesley lead.

A pooch punt by Rowan put Wesley deep in their own territory early in the third quarter. Staring at a long third down, Burroughs found Okike in the middle of the field and ran 92 yards for a touchdown. Okike's 92-yard completion was Wesley's longest play of the year.

Burroughs found Okike again in the fourth quarter with a 16-yard touchdown connection to give Wesley the 31-point lead.

The Wolverines (6-1, 6-0 NJAC) will take on the Montclair State Red Hawks next Saturday in Wesley's final road contest of the year. Kickoff from Sprague Field is set for 1 p.m.