DOVER, De. The Southern Virginia football team found out why the Wesley Wolverines are ranked #3 in NCAA D.III, as the hosts ran past the Knights on their way to a 52-3 win. The Knights were coming in to the game with momentum from a first time victory over ODAC foe Guilford, and were looking to give Wesley a stern test. the Wolverines, clicking on all cylinders this season at 7-0, had other plans, and quickly went to work against Southern Virginia.
The Wolverines kicked off first, and promptly stopped the SVU drive, and turned around for a quick score. A 38-yard punt return put the hosts in SVU territory, and the first touchdown of the game quickly followed. The first quarter touchdown would be the first of four in the quarter, and effectively ended the game for the Knights.
SVU received the ball again, but a fumble for the Knights gave the ball immediately back to Wesley, and the hosts made SVU pay with another quick scoring drive. The Knights were having troubles moving the ball, and also struggled with turnovers, giving the ball up 3-times on a fumble and two interceptions. Two more scores for the Wolverines gave Wesley a 28-0 first quarter lead.
SVU could not find an answer for the quick strikes of the hosts, as Wesley averaged two and a half minutes per scoring drive. Linebacker Matt Mellor was kept busy, as he recorded 9-tackles, with Brett Kassell called upon to make a number of tackles in the secondary, as Wesley got past the first levels of defense frequently.
Robert Williams, Tommy Davidson and Chad John also chipped in 8-tackles, as the Knights' defense was kept busy all afternoon. Offensively, the Knights found little going right, as Zach Garner went 5-for-17 with two interceptions. Severin Rucker carried for a team leading 28-yards for the game. Tyler LeDoux caught 2-passes for 29-yards. An offense that could do no wrong against Guilford could only muster 97-yards of total offense.
With the game dying in the final moments, a 21-yard field goal from Tyler Bowen helped the Knights avoid the shutout. SVU had marched 40-yards in close to three minutes, and the field goal gave the consolation points after a strong drive to end the game.
The loss drops SVU to 3-5. The Knights will look to regroup as they welcome traditional rival Apprentice Oct. 23. The Builders faced off with Wesley the previous week, and found similar results. SVU scored a win for the first time against Apprentice last year in the Oyster Bowl, and will look for a two-game win streak against the Builders when they face off at 1:00 pm at Parry McCluer High School.