Football ‘Cats drop regular-season finale to Fairmont State in MEC outing, 42-13

FAIRMONT – There was no last-minute miracle this time for the opponent of the West Virginia Wesleyan football Bobcats when they visited Fairmont State Falcons Thursday night in a Mountain East Conference contest.

For the last three weeks, Wesleyan lost games in the final minute, but Fairmont State dominated the ‘Cats from start to finish picking up a 42-13 victory.

The Wesleyan defense could never slow down the Falcon offense as they gave up just shut of 500 yards as Fairmont State rolled up 486 yards.

It was a balanced attack for the Falcons as they gained 228 on the ground and 258 through the air.

Fairmont State rolled out to a 21-0 after one quarter of play.

Tyree Randolph had scoring runs of 20 and 68 yards to put Fairmont State up 14-0 and Andre Hall caught a 16-yard pass from Takwan Crews-Naylor for the third score of the quarter.

Wesleyan’s lone score of the first half occurred on a 37-yard run by Shaq Freeman-Parks with 8:33 left.

The conversion was no good but Wesleyan cut the lead to 21-6.

That would be the score at the half.

Fairmont State scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half.

Hall caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Crews-Naylor and Javon Hayes hauled in a 55-yard touchdown reception from Crews-Naylor to take a 35-6 advantage with 10:15 left in the third quarter.

The highlight of the game for Wesleyan was Lawrence Brown’s 86-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Michael Susman was true on the point-after kick as Wesleyan cut the deficit to 35-13 with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter.

Fairmont State added the final score of the game when Hall caught a 79-yard pass from Crews-Naylor with 12:17 remaining.

Wesleyan amassed just 244 yards – 118 on the ground and 126 on through the air.

Brown led the ground game with 92 yards on seven attempts while Shaq Freeman-Parks gained 59 yards on 14 attempts.

Jarrett Northrop completed 14 of his 30 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

Brown also led the Wesleyan receivers with four catches for 45 yards.

Randolph led Fairmont State’s attack with 164 yards on 22 attempts and two scores.

Crews-Naylor completed 14 of his 18 passes for 258 yard and four touchdowns.

His favorite target was Hall who caught five passes for 130 yards and three scores.

The contest was the season-finale for both teams.

Fairmont State ended the year with a 5-5 record overall and in the MEC.

Wesleyan closed out the year with a 1-10 record overall and a 1-9 mark in the league.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan          0  6  7  0 – 13

Fairmont State            21  0  14  7 – 42

Fairmont State – Tyree Randolph, 20-yard run (Colin Harvath kick).

Fairmont State – Randolph, 68-yard run (Harvath kick).

Fairmont State – Andre Hall, 16-yard pass from Takwan Crews-Naylor (Harvath kick).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Shaq Freeman-Parks (run failed).

Fairmont State – Hall, 16-yard pass from Crews-Naylor (Harvath kick).

Fairmont State – Javon Hayes, 55-yard pass from Crews-Naylor (Harvath kick).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Lawrence Brown, 86-yard run (Michael Susman kick).

Fairmont State --- Hall, 79-yard pass from Crews-Naylor (Harvath kick).


First downs – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13 (2 rushing, 8 passing, 3 penalty); Fairmont State: 20 (10 rushing, 9 passing, 1 penalty).

Rushing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 31-118; Fairmont State: 42-228.

Passing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 126; Fairmont State: 258.

Total yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 244; Fairmont State: 486.

Passes – West Virginia Wesleyan 14-30-3; Fairmont State: 14-19-0.

Penalties – West Virginia Wesleyan 4-40; Fairmont State: 10-100.

Punts – West Virginia Wesleyan: 6-33.2; Fairmont State: 2-35.0.

Fumbles – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1; Fairmont State: 3.

Fumbles lost – West Virginia Wesleyan: 0; Fairmont State 3.

Time of Possession – West Virginia Wesleyan: 30:11; Fairmont State: 29:49.



West Virginia Wesleyan – Lawrence Brown 7-92 (1 touchdown); Shaq Freeman-Parks 14-59 (1 touchdown); Kord Jenkins 2-7; Team 1(-4); Jarrett Northrop 7-(-36). Totals 31-118 (2 touchdowns).

Fairmont State – Tyree Randolph 22-164 (2 touchdowns); Khalik Hamin 6-46; Rakeem Darden 5-20; Timothy Smith 2-(-1); Takwan Crews Naylor 6-(-7). Totals 42-228 (2 touchdowns).


West Virginia Wesleyan – Northrop 14-for-30 for 126 yards, 0 touchdowns, 3 interceptions.

Fairmont State – Crews-Naylor 14-for-18 for 258 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; Javon Hayes 0-for-1 for 0 yards, 0 touchdown, 0 interceptions. Totals 14-for-19 for 258 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.


West Virginia Wesleyan – Brown 4-45; Derek Drapen 3-37; Tre Gulley 2-23; Dana Young 1-13; Evin Hurt 1-9; Jonah Wellman 1-5; Freeman-Parks 1-4; Devin Taylor 1-(-10). Totals 14-126.

Fairmont State – Andre Hall 5-130 (3 touchdowns); Hayes 3-82 (1 touchdown); Isiah Smith 2-28; Aaron Lewis 2-18; Tyree Randolph 1-0; Garrett Kapstein 1-0. Totals 14-258 (4 touchdowns).


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