SALISBURY, Md. – Askia Jahad ran for nearly 100 yards as third-ranked Wesley defeated No. 6 Salisbury 17-7 on a rainy Saturday night at Sea Gull Stadium. The Wolverines have now beaten their Route 13 rival eight consecutive times.
Jahad carried the ball 20 times for 98 yards on the night, and his touchdown with 2:06 remaining in the game sealed the victory for the Wolverines. Jahad also eclipsed the top 10 in the school’s all-time rushing list, passing Forrley Gunby with 1,473 yards in his career.
Wesley took an early lead in the first quarter after a 40-minute delay with lightning in the area. On the first play after the delay, quarterback Justin Sottilare found Matt Barile down the sideline for a 25-yard gain before Jahad ran for 17 to get inside the red zone. Three plays later, Ryan Gerlitz caught a fade pass from Sottilare for a Wolverine touchdown.
As rain came down harder throughout the second quarter, Wesley went into the locker room with a 7-0 lead. The Wolverines got the ball coming out of the break, and embarked on a 14-play, 69-yard drive. A thirty yard strike to Barile on fourth down kept the drive alive which was capped off by a 23-yard chip shot by Dan Tryon.
Salisbury was unable to answer until midway through the fourth quarter when the Gulls scored on a 19-yard pass from Dan Griffin to Juma Richards.
On the very first play of the possession, Jeremiah Howe brought in a pass for 21 yards before a quarterback draw by Sottilare for six yards forced a SU timeout. After Wesley crossed into Sea Gull territory, Jahad took over, rushing for 41 yards on four carries, including a 15-yard scamper for a touchdown.
Defensive back Sean Hopkins had his second interception of the night on Salisbury’s ensuing possession, which preserved the victory.
Sottilare finished 23-of-32 through the air, going for 260 yards and a touchdown. Eight of his passes went to Steven Koudossou, who gained 61 yards on his touches. Barile hauled in five passes for a game-high 95 yards.
Wesley’s defense sacked Griffin four times during the night and Brian Snell also recorded his first career interception. Jordan Wescott was in on a game-high 12 tackles, including half a sack. Sosthene Kapepula also tallied eight tackles while defensive tackles Dwayne Glass and Terence Gavin each had 1.5 tackles for loss.
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