No. 22/23 Wesley rolls over William Paterson for second straight shutout

Photo by Angela Benefield
Photo by Angela Benefield

WAYNE, N.J. – The No. 22/23 ranked Wesley College football team cruised to their second consecutive shutout victory with a 66-0 win over the William Paterson Pioneers in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action on Saturday.

The Wesley defense held William Paterson to 20 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and only allowed two first downs.  The Wesley offense totaled 441 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.

Running back E.J. Lee carried the ball 13 times for 128 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. His five touchdowns on the ground tied the single-game record for rushing touchdowns. In total, 11 Wolverines carried the ball. Gyair Sharper and Chandler Armstrong each registered their first collegiate touchdowns in the second half.

Quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs went 9-for-13 for 123 yards and a touchdown to James Okike. Okike caught three passes for 51 yards.

The Wolverines tallied 11 tackles for loss. Samer Manna paced the defense with eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Manna also forced and recovered a first-quarter fumble. DaJahn Lowery returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in the opening quarter.

Wesley's first drive of the game ended with a fumble recovery by William Patterson but the Wolverines responded a few plays later when Lowery returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

A Manna forced fumble and recovery gave Wesley the ball on the Pioneer 17 and Lee picked up the 17 yards on three carries for a 14-0 edge with 12:35 on the clock.

A Najee Wilson fumble and a Cappadonna Miller recovery led to a one-yard Lee touchdown to push it to 21-0 Wolverines three minutes into the game. Another Lee touchdown run from two yards out gave the Wolverines a 28-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.

Burroughs started the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown to Okike and Lee's runs of 64 and 13 yards finished the first-half scoring as the Wolverines took a 49-0 advantage into the break.

A Nick Bruhn 36-yard field goal and an Armstrong 10-yard rushing touchdown made it a 59-0 margin by the end of the third quarter.

Sharper finished the scoring with a three-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

The Wolverines (2-1, 2-0 NJAC) will host the Southern Virginia Knights on Sat., Sept. 30 in their 2017 home opener. Kickoff from Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium is set for 1 p.m.