Wesley College was ready to play some football on Saturday as the team opened the season with a 69-0 win over Franklin Pierce University at Sodexo Field.
The offensive standouts in the game for the Wolverines were junior quarterback David Marrocco, junior running back Abe Mansaray, sophomore running back Xavier Drummond, freshman running back Leroy Pendleton, senior running back Marcellus Pack, senior quarterback Jon Mullin, senior wide receiver Ruhann Peele and junior wide receiver Mike Credle.
Marrocco went 13 for 16 for 166 yards and four touchdowns.
Mansaray had nine carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Drummond had two carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Pendleton had eight carries for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Pack had seven carries for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Mullin went eight for 10 for 81 yards, had seven rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
Peele had 12 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Credle had three catches for 52 yards and one touchdown.
On the Defensive side, the standouts for Wesley were junior linebacker Dante Daniel, sophomore linebacker Markquise Dunn, senior defensive end Will Scott, sophomore defensive end Tommy Tanner, sophomore linebacker Mike Brewer, sophomore linebacker Jay Holmes, senior strong safety Coray Williams and junior defensive tackle Tyrek Rice.
Daniel was the co-leader in total tackles for the game with five.
Dunn was the other leader in total tackles in the game with five.
Scott had four tackles and recorded 0.5 sacks.
Tanner had three tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks.
Brewer had three tackles and recorded 0.5 sacks.
Holmes had three tackles and recorded one sack.
Williams had one tackle and recorded one interception.
Rice had one tackle and recorded 0.5 sacks.
Wesley Scores 16 In the First Quarter
The game started with Franklin Pierce starting at their own nine-yard line, where their first drive went south real quick. Franklin had a false start penalty, lost 5 yards rushing, and then fell backward in their endzone for a safety.
The safety meant Wesley was up 2-0 with 13:40 left in the first quarter.
Wesley’s first scoring drive on offense came when quarterback David Marrocco found wide receiver Ruhann Peele for a 23-yard touchdown which extended their team’s lead to 9-0 with 8:10 left in the quarter.
The Wolverine’s next scoring drive came when Marrocco found Peele again for a touchdown but this time, it was a five-yard one. This score extended Wesley’s lead to 16-0 with 5:11 left in the quarter.
In the second scoring drive, there were key plays that made that touchdown happen. The first play was one Marrocco found wide receiver Mike Credle for 13 yards to get Wesley to the 33-yard line. The other key play in the drive was when Marrocco found Peele for 11 yards to push the Wolverines to Franklin Pierce’s 14-yard line.
Wesley Puts the Hammer Down In Second Qtr
Wesley put the pedal to the metal in the second quarter as the team scored 35 points to add to the already wide lead.
The first Wesley touchdown in the second quarter came from Abe Mansaray who rushed for ten yards for the score to extend his team’s lead to 23-0.
Running back E.J. Lee was a key factor on this drive as he ran for 35 yards.
Quarterback Jon Mullin came into the game and he had a highlight play pretty fast when he found junior wide receiver Keshaun Henry to set Wesley up at Franklin Pierce’s 43-yard line.
Wesley’s next score would happen around the eight-minute mark when Mullin would rush for one yard to get the touchdown which widened the lead to 30-0.
Mullin also had 49 passing yards on the scoring drive, which includes two passes to Ruhann Peele for 30 yards.
The Wolverines would start their next drive at Franklin’s eight-yard line which was thanks to their defense which had two straight sacks on Franklin Pierce’s drive.
The short field worked in Wesley’s favor as running back Marcellus Pack ran for eight yards for the touchdown to extend his team’s lead to 37-0 with 5:18 left in the first half.
Wesley’s next score came from quarterback David Marrocco who found Mike Credle for the 32-yard touchdown to expand their team’s lead to 44-0 with 3:00 minutes left in the second quarter.
The last touchdown of the half for the Wolverines would come when Marrocco found Peele for the 35-yard touchdown as the clock hit zero. The 35-yard score would give Wesley a 51-0 lead to end the half.
Marrocco had 71 yards passing on the last scoring drive of the half.
Wesley Slows Down But Still Adds To Lead In Third Qtr
Starting off the third quarter, Wesley would receive the ball which running back Abe Mansaray shined on the drive as he had 43 rushing yards. Mansaray’s quickness would lead to a 24-yard field goal from senior kicker Nick Bruhn which extended the blowout lead to 54-0 with 9:59 left in the quarter.
The next scoring drive for the Wolverines would come from Xavier Drummond who ran 50 yards for the score to give his team a 60-0 lead with 8:15 left in the quarter.
Nine More Points For Wolverines To Close Out Blow Out Win
In the next scoring drive, it was Antoine Collins who was the star of the drive as he rushed for 30 yards. Wolverines did not get a touchdown out of this drive but the team did get a 24-yard made field goal from Nick Bruhn which expanded the lead to 63-0 with 14:47 left in the game.
The last score of the game came from Wesley’s running back Leroy Pendleton who rushed five yards to give his team a 69-0 lead with 9:53 left in the game.
Pendleton rushed for 35 yards on the scoring drive.
The Wolverines’ defense would continue to do what the team did all game which was suffocating Franklin Pierce’s offense and sealing the 69-0 win.
Wesley stays on the road to take on Delaware Valley at 1 PM ET on September 14th.
First Downs: Wesley 28 &FP 3
Third Efficiency (%): Wesley 54% (7 of 13) & FP 0% (0 of 13)
Total Offense: Wesley 544 & FP 26
Net Yards Passing: Wesley 247 & FP 15
Net Yards Rushing: Wesley 297 & TCNJ 11
Penalties: Wesley 10-85 & TCNJ 8-74
Fumbles: Wesley 2-1 & TCNJ 0-0
Sacks: Wesley 4-27 & TCNJ 0-0
Interceptions: Wesley 1 & TCNJ 0
Time of Possession: Wesley 36:17& TCNJ 23:43
Delaware Sports Blitz Player of the Game:
Ruhann Peele: Had 12 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.