No. 8/9 Wesley upset on the road by Rowan

Photo by Gary Emeigh
Photo by Gary Emeigh

GLASSBORO, N.J. – The No. 8/9 ranked Wesley College football team were stunned on the road by the Rowan Profs, 28-27 in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) contest on Saturday.

The Wesley defense was able to force a pair of Rowan turnovers in the opening frame of the game. Cappadonna Miller picked off a Riley Giles' pass on Rowan's first drive of the game. On the next Rowan drive, a Giles fumble which was recovered by Najee Wilson at the one-yard line, led to an E.J. Lee touchdown scamper on the following play to give Wesley the early seven-point lead.

The two teams traded touchdowns on their ensuing drives. Rowan got a big play in the form of a Elijah Rehm 58-yard touchdown reception from Nick Couzzi. Wesley responded with a big play of their own when Khaaliq Burroughs found Ruhann Peele on fourth down for a 33-yard touchdown catch to retake the seven-point lead with 6:51 to go in the first quarter.

After a long 13-play drive in the second quarter by Rowan which was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by John Mannion, Wesley responded with a seven-play, 66-yard drive of their own which Lee scored his second touchdown of the game with a two-yard run of his own to allow Wesley to take a 21-14 lead over Rowan into the halftime break.

Wesley stretched their lead on their first drive of the third quarter when Burroughs connected with Corterris Simpson on a play-action pass for a 11-yard touchdown catch. Nick Bruhn's missed the extra point to only give Wesley a 13-point advantage over Rowan.

On Rowan's next drive, Mannion would run 77 yards down the sideline to cut Wesley's lead to six points.

Back-to-back turnovers by Wesley allowed Rowan to take the 28-27 lead in the muddle part of the third quarter.

Wesley's offense stalled and Rowan grinded out the clock to give Wesley's their first-ever NJAC loss by a New Jersey school.

Cappadonna Miller, Najee Wilson, Daquay Harris-Winbush, Nazir Williams and Will Scott all recorded six stops for the Wolverines. Scott recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including a sack. Miller and Isiah Mitchell each notched an interception.

Khaaliq Burroughs went 18-of-29 passing for 234 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. On the ground, he gained 31 yards on five attempts.

E.J. Lee carried the rock 15 times for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Lee, Alex Kemp and Corterris Simpson each reeled in four passes from Burroughs. Kemp led the Wesley receivers with 73 yards receiving.

Simpson and Marcellus Pack were able to get some good returns on special teams. Pack caught five kickoffs for 85 yards while Simpson took in two punts for 55 yards, including a 41-yard return in the second quarter.

Wesley (5-2, 4-2 NJAC) will look to bounce back next Saturday when they host the Montclair State Red Hawks for Homecoming 2018. Prior to the game, Wesley will honor the late Mike Drass with a pre-game ceremony. At halftime, Drass and the rest of the Wesley Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be recognized.