DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – Number 22 ranked Wesley hit the road to take on number 13 ranked Delaware Valley, a non-conference rival, on Saturday, September 14th. The Wolverines came out on top in quadruple overtime, 24-18. The Wolverines improved to 2-0 overall and the Aggies fell to 1-1.
How it happened:
Neither offense was able to get things going in the first half. Each team had seven possessions that resulted in either a punt or turnover to downs. Each team only crossed the timeline once.
Close to the half, Delaware Valley got the eighth and final possession and found their way to our 15-yard line where they set up for a 32-yard field goal attempt with just two seconds on the clock. The attempt sailed wide left of the uprights to keep the score 0-0 at the break.
The Wolverines got the ball to start the second half and on third and 10 quarterback David Marrocco found Jerrish Halsey streaking down the sideline for a 51-yard gain to set Wesley up at the Aggies' 14-yard line. After gaining just two yards on the next three plays, the Wolverines settled for a 27-yard field goal that Nick Bruhn sent through the uprights for the first points of the game, 3-0.
Brady Walters picked off a short throw from Auggies Anthony Fontanna to end the next drive.
The Wolverines out gained the Aggies in the third quarter, 104-84, in yards but the score remained just 3-0 heading to the fourth.
The defenses held strong to end the game tied and headed to overtime.
the game would remain tied through regulation and the two nationally ranked teams headed to overtime.
Under NCAA rules, the ball is placed at the 25-yard line and each team gets a possession until the tie is broken.
The Aggies started with the ball at Wesley's 25 and, after a first down, Auggies Fontana was picked for the second time in the game. Dante Daniel stepped in front of a receiver in the end zone for the interception to give the ball to the Wolverines with a chance to win the game.
Needing only a field goal to win, the Wolverines sent out Nick Bruhn for a 35-yard attempt after failing to convert a first down. Bruhn's attempt came up well short, and the game continued to the second overtime.
The Wolverines had possession at the start of the second overtime. Back at the 25-yard line, E.J. Lee broke into the end zone on an eight-yard run and Bruhn's extra point was good as Wesley took a 10-3 lead.
The Auggies took their chance at scoring and succeeded on a six-yard quarterback draw to tie the game at 10-10.
Delaware Valley would take possession to start the third overtime and found the end zone. They went for the two-point conversion and succeeded bringing the score to 18-10.
The Wolverines took their shot on scoring and also succeeded. They needed to get the two-point conversion to tie the game and did just that on a pass behind the line of scrimmage to Corterris Simpson and the wide out converted to tie the game again, 18-18.
The Wolverines got first possession in the fourth overtime. On the second play from scrimmage, Marrocco found Peele again, this time down the right side for a 24-yard score. The Wolverines would attempt the two-point conversion again but failed and kept it a six-point game, 24-18.
Auggies Ezekial Ennis picked up seven yards on a completion on the first play for DelVal, but the Aggies next two rushes went for just one yard combined, setting up a fourth and two. Fontana dropped back and attempted a pass to the end zone, but it found its way into the hands of defensive back Coray Williams, as the Wolverines pulled off the upset, 24-18.
For the Wolverines, Marrocco finished 16-for-36 for 197 yards and two touchdowns and E.J. Lee rushed for 108 yards on 28 carries with one score. Ruhann Peele brought in the two touchdowns in overtime and finished with 64 yards on six catches.
Comments from the coach:
"Winning a game in quadruple overtime against a top program like Delaware Valley is a testament to our players toughness and perseverance. We are proud of the effort they put forth on the field today" – Chip Knapp.
The Wolverines head to Boston next weekend to take on Endicott. Game time is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, Noon kick off.