LORETTO (Pa.) – Playing up a level didn’t pan out for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats against the FCS St. Francis Red Flash Saturday evening in a non-conference football game.
The ‘Cats annually play a game against a FCS opponent and have had success despite not winning against the higher-level competition, but this game was all St. Francis from the start.
Wesleyan trailed by a 21-0 margin at the end of the first quarter and was never able to stay with the Red Flash dropping a 59-3 decision.
The Bobcats managed just eight first downs and 115 yards of total offense.
The collected 52 yards on the ground and 63 through the air.
St. Francis on the other hand racked up 417 yards getting 234 through the air and 183 on the ground.
E. J. Jenkins opened the scoring for St. Francis with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Bear Fenimore,
Nick Rinella returned a punt 79 yards for a score and Chris Cropper had a 44-touchdown run as the Red Flash took a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
St. Francis scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Kam Lewis, a 16-yard scoring catch by Zach Campbell and a 15-yard run by Jymere Jordan-Toney.
St. Francis had a 42-0 lead at the break.
A 46-yard field goal by Erick Bofenkamp gave St. Francis a 45-0 lead after three quarters of play.
A Tyler Magaha one-yard run and a Kei-Shon Graham two-yard run made it a 59-0 contest in the fourth quarter.
West Virginia Wesleyan avoided the shutout with a 33-yard Tyler Fischer field goal with 1:50 left in the game.
Mason Brubeck led the Wesleyan offense with 29 yards on 11 carries while Lawrence Brown gained 13 yards on seven totes.
Starting quarterback Luke Casey completed six of his 13 passes for 34 yards while back-up Matt Vinson completed four of his eight passes for 29 yards.
Kam Brooks led the Wesleyan receivers with two catches for 20 yards.
St. Francis improved to 2-3 on the season.
Wesleyan dropped to 0-5 overall.
The Bobcats will return to action this Saturday when they host the University of Charleston in a Mountain East Conference contest.
Charleston will enter the contest with a 4-1 record.
The homecoming game will kick-off at noon.
Wesleyan 0 0 0 3 – 3
St. Francis 21 21 3 14 – 59
St. Francis – E. J. Jenkins, 30-yard pass from Bear Fenimore (Erick Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Nick Rinella, 79-yard punt return (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Chris Cropper, 44-yard run (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Kam Lewis, 20-yard pass from Fenimore (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Zach Campbell, 16-yard pass from Fenimore (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Jymere Jordan-Toney, 15-yard run (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Bofenkamp, 46-yard field
St. Francis – Tyler Magaha, 1-yard run (Bofenkamp kick)
St. Francis – Kei-Shon Graham, 2-yard run (Bofenkamp kick)
West Virginia Wesleyan – Tyler Fischer, 33-yard field goal
First downs – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8 (3 rushing, 4 passing, 1 penalty); St. Francis: 21 (8 rushing, 12 passing, 1 penalty)
Total yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 115; St. Francis: 417
Rushing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 33-52; St. Francis 31-183
Passing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 63; St. Francis: 234
Passes – West Virginia Wesleyan 10-21-1; St. Francis: 19-24-0
Penalties – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1-0; St. Francis: 4-40
Punts – West Virginia Wesleyan: 7-34.1; St. Francis: 2-47.0
Red zone – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1-for-1; St. Francis: 5-for-5
Time of Possession – West Virginia Wesleyan: 31:04; St. Francis: 27:06
West Virginia Wesleyan – Mason Brubeck 11-29; Lawrence Brown 7-13; Shaq Freeman-Parks 9-13; Luke Casey 6-(-3). Totals 33-52.
St. Francis – Chris Cropper 12-92 (1 touchdown); Jymere Jordan-Toney 10-60 (1 touchdown); Kei-Shon Graham 6-27 (1 touchdown); Zach Campbell 1-3; Tyler Magaha 1-1 (1 touchdown), Team 1-0. Totals 31-183 (4 touchdowns).
West Virginia Wesleyan – Casey 6-for-13 for 34 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; Matt Vinson 4-for-8 for 29 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception Totals 10-for-21 for 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.
St. Francis – Bear Fenimore 18-for-22 for 226 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; Magaha 1-for-1 for 8 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; Jason Brown 0-for-1 for 0 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Totals 19-for-24 for 234 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Kam Brooks 2-20; Brandon Ford 2-17; Lawrence Brown 1-12; Elijah Nelson 1-7; Jonah Wellman 1-5; Jujuan Linzy 2-2; Jaylend Jones 1-0. Totals 10-63.
St. Francis – Kam Lewis 8-138 (1 touchdown); Campbell 5-35 (1 touchdown); E.J. Jenkins 2-33 (1 touchdown); Tim Davis 1-9; Brandan Lisenby 1-8; Jordan-Toney 1-6; Terrell Johnson 1-5. Totals 19-234 (3 touchdowns).