Wesley defends turf, tops No. 11 BSC
Top 10: Salisbury jumps St. John Fisher; Bethel rallies
DOVER, Del. -- An interception by Aamir Petrose remaining sealed a 26-17 victory for No. 6 Wesley against No. 11 Birmingham-Southern on Saturday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines, who were playing their fourth consecutive ranked opponent, picked off three passes and held the Panthers to just 261 yards of total offense.
For the fifth consecutive game, Wesley was forced to come from behind as Birmingham-Southern held a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. A 39-yard field goal by Dan Tryon cut the deficit to seven points with 10:16 left in the first half before a 56-yard catch and run by Jeremiah Howe tied the game at 10-10 with 7:13 remaining. Wesley scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while shutting out BSC to earn the win.
Justin Sottilare had his best game of the season for the Wolverines, completing 26 passes -- to 11 different receivers -- on 38 attempts for a season-high 346 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first 300-yard passing game of the year and the fifth of his career. He also did not throw an interception.
The running game was also big for Wesley as Jahad ran for 103 yards on 18 carries while Robinson rushed for 30 yards on nine carries. On the receiving end of Sottilare's passes, Koudossou had a team-high six grabs that went for 59 yards while Howe hauled in four balls for 103 yards.
No. 1 Mount Union 66, Wilmington (Ohio) 0
WILMINGTON, Ohio – No. 1-ranked Mount Union scored on its first six possessions and the Purple Raiders posted their fourth consecutive shutout with a 66-0 victory against Wilmington Saturday.
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Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) posts its 68th consecutive regular-season victory while Wilmington (0-5, 0-4 OAC) took its 31st-consecutive loss.
Senior Nick Driskill had four tackles for loss to lead a defense ranked No. 1 in the nation. It kept up the strong play, holding Wilmington to 92 total yards including minus-14 yards rushing.
The offense generated 587 yards as senior running backs Jake Simon and T.J. Lattimore each ran for two scores while fellow senior Blair Skilliter also ran for a score to pace the offense.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke played five possessions of the first half and completed 14 of 15 passes for 134 yards. He tossed one touchdown to senior Jasper Collins, who finished with five catches for 34 yards.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, Texas Lutheran 31
BELTON, Texas – No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor dominated the first three quarters rolling to a 49-31 victory against Texas Lutheran on Saturday. UMHB jumped out to a 42-7 lead on the way to improving to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play on the season. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the ASC on the year.
Elijah Hudson finished with 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for UMHB and LiDarral Bailey added 101 rushing yards on six carries to go with 218 passing yards and another score. Geoff Myles caught eight passes for 148 yards. Javicz Jones topped the Cru defense with 14 tackles and Silvio Diaz added 10 stops and posted 2.0 sacks to become UMHB's career leader. Diaz broke Keith Zunker's previous school record of 19.0 by taking his total to 20.0.
Trenton White was 7 of 13 passing for 157 yards and two scores, all of it in the fourth quarter against UMHB reserves. Cameron Peavy caught eight passes for 161 yards and a score. Darnell Bohannon-Bey led the Bulldog defense with 13 tackles.
The Cru rolled up 410 rushing yards and 628 yards of total offense. Texas Lutheran finished with 380 total yards, much of it coming well after the game had been decided. UMHB posted six sacks and intercepted two passes in the victory.
The Cru has now won 29 consecutive regular-season games and 21 consecutive ASC games. UMHB has also won its last 28 regular-season home games.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 28, Gustavus Adolphus 14
ST. THOMAS, Minn. -- No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) survived six turnovers as Matt O’Connell threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third to lead the Tommies to a 28-14 win against Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday in O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
The Tommies (5-0, 3-0 MIAC) never trailed in the game and used a stingy defense to hold off the Gusties (2-3, 1-3) for the second consecutive year in a close game on Palmer Field. St. Thomas prevailed last year 20-7.
Linebacker Tremayne Williams came up with two key turnovers for the Tommies, a third-quarter fumble recovery and a fourth-quarter interception that led to their final touchdown to seal the win after Gustavus had closed within 21-14.
It was the 29th regular-season win in a row for St. Thomas, which also has won 21 consecutive in the MIAC and 10 consecutive at home.
Gustavus came into the game with the MIAC’s leading ground game, but the Tommies recorded a school-record 12 sacks of quarterback Muresuk Mena, who lost 19 yards (including sacks) after coming into the game with a 117-yard rushing average. The Gusties had only 32 net yards in 42 rushes against the Tommies’ defense, which came into the game ranked No. 6 in Division III at 53.5 yards per game.
No. 4 Linfield -- Idle
No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater 35, Wisconsin-River Falls 0
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The UW-Whitewater defense limited UW-River Falls to three yards rushing, 132 yards of total offense and UW-W took advantage of seven Falcon turnovers in a 35-0 win in front of 11,288 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater Saturday.
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The 132 yards of total offense is the lowest UW-W has allowed since giving up 119 to UW-La Crosse a year ago. Three yards rushing is the fewest by a Warhawk opponent since Franklin totaled minus-five yards Nov. 26, 2011 while the seven turnovers are the most recorded by the Warhawk defense since forcing seven from Lakeland Sept. 2, 2006.
Proving the adage that the best offense is a good defense, the Warhawk defense provided one of the five touchdowns, and the longest drive the offense had to make for a score was 32 yards.
The Whitewater defense was credited with 14 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and the four interceptions. Wismer led UW-W with six solo tackles, three assists, two tackles for a loss, one fumble forced and one recovered. Falcon linebacker Nate Smits led both teams with ten solo tackles, five assisted, a sack and three tackles for a loss.
No. 7 Bethel 15, Concordia-Moorhead 14
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – An unbelievable finish at Royal Stadium allowed No. 7 Bethel to comeback from a seven-point deficit with 1:24 remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat Concordia-Moorhead 15-14 in a MIAC classic.
Trailing by seven, Bethel drove 71 yards down the field to score the game winning touchdown – but it didn't come without drama.
Facing a third-and-10 from the Cobber 17-yard-line with one second on the clock, quarterback Erik Peterson was stripped, which induced a parade of Concordia-Moorhead personnel onto the field; however, no one had gained possession and by the time a Cobber picked up the ball and ran 71 yards for a CC score, penalty flags littered the field. The Cobbers had been penalized with unsportsmanlike conduct – its only penalty of the game – for coming onto the field while no one had possession, which gave the Royals one more opportunity to score from the 9-yard line.
With one final play Peterson found Jay Hilbrands on the far corner of the end zone for the score. Instead of kicking the extra point, Bethel decided to attempt a two-point conversion, which was successful via a Peterson to Mitch Hallstrom toss.
Bethel fans embedded within the crowd of 5,124 people stormed the field after witnessing one of the most bizarre endings to a game in Royal Stadium history.
No. 10 Salisbury 28, No. 8 St. John Fisher 17
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – No. 10 Salisbury capitalized on three fourth-quarter turnovers to erase a 3-point lead for previously undefeated No. 8 St. John Fisher, going on to a 28-17 victory against the host Cardinals at Growney Stadium Saturday.
With St. John Fisher up 17-14 with 7:30 remaining, Salisbury sophomore linebacker Steven Gamble stripped Cardinals backup quarterback Tyler Fenti of the ball and recovered it on the Fisher 6-yard line. Two plays later, junior slot Ross Flanigan punched it in from 5 yards for a 21-17 advantage.
Two possessions later, with Cardinals facing a third-and-10 on their 2-yard line, Fenti lofted a pass down the left sideline that senior cornerback Paul Moore grabbed and returned 32 yards for a touchdown for the final margin with 2:59 left. Junior safety Greg Stanton then picked off Fenti again on the Cardinals' last drive to seal the win.
Flanigan led the Salisbury rushing offense, which was held to just 150 yards on the day, with 55 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Dan Griffin was 6 for 7 with 124 yards and one passing touchdown. He added 33 yards on 12 rushing attempts.
St. John Fisher, which outgained the Sea Gulls 299-249 and controlled the ball for more than 31 minutes, opened the scoring in the second quarter on a 32-yard Brendan Carey field goal with 12:36 left in the first half.
No. 9 Hobart 28, Springfield (Mass.) 7
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Ninth-ranked Hobart remained undefeated with a 28-7 Liberty League victory against Springfield on Saturday. The Statesmen defense limited the Pride to a season-low 159 yards of total offense and senior running back Bobby Dougherty ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns for Hobart.
The Statesmen (6-0, 3-0) bottled up Springfield's triple option offense, which came into the game averaging 321.0 rushing yards per game (sixth in the nation). The Pride (3-3, 1-2) gained just 150 yards on the ground, managed only nine first downs -- less than half of its season average -- and converted 1 of 12 third down attempts.
Senior linebacker Andrew Klindera led Hobart with 10 tackles. Sophomore Nolan Toran and newcomer Mark Guarino-Hyde each added seven stops.