Football ‘Cats fall in finale to Yellow Jackets, 45-25


INSTITUTE – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats had their third best offensive output in their 11-game season here Saturday racking up 425 yards in their season finale against the West Virginia Yellow Jackets in a Mountain East Conference contest.

The only problem was the defense gave up a season-worst 617 yards to the Yellow Jackets as the Bobcats dropped a 45-25 decision.

Wesleyan’s top offensive output during the season was in their opener against Concord when they gained 479 yards. They racked up 445 yards against Urbana two weeks later.

The Bobcat defense had all sorts of trouble slowing down the Yellow Jacket rushing attack as they amassed 330 yard with two backs going over the 100-yard mark as Carl Garmon gained 202 yards and Dant’e Jones ran for 102.

The loss left head coach Del Smith’s club with a 1-10 overall mark and a 1-9 league mark.

West Virginia State finished the year with a 6-5 overall record and a 5-5 conference record.

The game started well enough for the Bobcats as they scored on a 42-yard pass from Kenny Lewis Jr. from Luke Casey on a one-play drive with 11:11 left in the first quarter.

The point-after kick was blocked but Wesleyan had a 6-0 lead.

West Virginia State scored two first-quarter touchdowns after that on a Dant’e Jones 30-yard run and Dakotah Booth hauled in a 65-yard pass from Faustino Saucedo to take a 14-6 lead.

On the first play of the second quarter, Matt Vinson found Elijah Nelson for a five-yard touchdown reception.

The two-point conversion failed but Wesleyan trailed by two, at 14-12.

A seven-play 59-yard drive capped by a 21-yard run by Jones gave West Virginia State a 21-12 advantage, but Wesleyan came right back with a score as Sterling Dewdney caught a four-yard pass from Vinson with 8:07 remaining in the half.

The two-point conversation try failed again, but the ‘Cats were down just three at 21-18.

Aaron Ball kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Yellow Jackets to wrap up the first-half scoring making it a 24-18 game.

The Yellow Jackets took the second-half kick-off and scored on a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended on three-yard fumble recovery run by Saucedo.

That made it a 31-18 game.

There was no quit in the ‘Cats as they scored on their next possession as Dewdney hauled in his second touchdown pass, this one a 39-yard reception from Vinson.

Christianson was good on his kick as Wesleyan trailed 31-25.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, West Virginia State put the game away with 14 unanswered points after that.

Dylan Lucas scored from a yard out with 3:08 left in the third and A.J. Barrette put the icing on the cake for the Yellow Jackets with a 69-yard touchdown reception from Saucedo.

Shaq Freeman-Parks led the offense with 80 yards on eight carries.

Vinson completed 23 of his 43 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

Jujuan Linzy hauled in a team-best seven catches for 82 yards.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 6  12  7  0 – 25

West Virginia State      14  10  14  7 – 45

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kenny Lewis Jr, 42-yard pass from Luke Casey (kick blocked)

West Virginia State – Dant’e Jones, 30-yard run (Aaron Ball kick)

West Virginia State – Dakotah Booth, 65-yard pass from Faustino Saucedo (Ball kick)

West Virginia Wesleyan   Elijah Nelson, 5-yard pass from Matt Vinson (pass failed)

West Virginia State – Jones, 21-yard run (Ball kick)

West Virginia Wesleyan – Sterling Dewdney, 4-yard pass from Vinson (pass failed)

West Virginia State – Ball, 26-yard field goal

West Virginia State – Saucedo, 3-yard run (Ball kick)

West Virginia Wesleyan – Dewdney, 39-yard pass from Vinson (Gunnar Christianson kick)

West Virginia State – Dylan Lucas, 1-yard run (Ball kick)

West Virginia State – A. J. Barrett, 69-yard pass from Saucedo (Ball kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

First downs – West Virginia State: 30 (17 rushing, 11 passing, 2 penalty); West Virginia Wesleyan: 21 (4 rushing, 13 passing, 4 penalty)

Total yards – West Virginia State: 617; West Virginia Wesleyan: 425

Rushing yards – West Virginia State: 330; West Virginia Wesleyan: 131

Passing yards – West Virginia State: 287; West Virginia Wesleyan: 294

Penalties – West Virginia State: 10-90; West Virginia Wesleyan: 10-110

Punts – West Virginia State: 2-32.0; West Virginia Wesleyan: 3-35.3

Fumbles – West Virginia State: 0; West Virginia Wesleyan: 1

Fumbles lost – West Virginia State: 0; West Virginia Wesleyan: 1

Red zone – West Virginia State: 4-for-7; West Virginia Wesleyan: 2-for-3

Time of Possession — West Virginia State: 34:34; West Virginia Wesleyan: 25:26

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Shaq Freeman-Parks 8-80; Matt Vinson 6-33; Ricco Jones 3-18; Lawrence Brown 3-4; Luke Casey 2-(-4). Totals 22-148.

West Virginia State – Carl Garmon 22-202; Dant’e Jones 10-102 (2 touchdowns); Calil Wilkins 6-33; Dylan Lucas 5-17 (1 touchdown); Faustino Saucedo 3-(-3) (1 touchdown); Desmond Trogdon 1-(-7); Team 1-(-14). Totals 48-330 (4 touchdowns).

Passing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Vinson 23-for-43 for 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception; Casey 2-for-4 for 45 yards, 1 touchdown. Totals 25-for47 for 294 yards, 4 touchdowns,1 interception.

West Virginia State – Saucedo 18-for-30 for 287 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.

Receiving

West Virginia Wesleyan – Jujuan Linzy 7-82; Sterling Dewdney 4-53 (2 touchdowns); Kenny Lewis Jr. 2-44 (1 touchdown); Derek Draper 4-37; Elijah Nelson 3-37 (1 touchdown); Tre Gulley 3-19; C.J. Washington 1-17; Freeman-Parks 1-5. Totals 25-294 (4 touchdowns).

West Virginia State – A.J. Barrette 6-127 (1 touchdown); Dakotah Booth 1-65 (1 touchdown); Tyrell Henderson 7-59; Zach Pate 2-20; Elyjah Bradshaw 1-16; Calil Wilkins 1-0. Totals 18-287 (2 touchdowns).


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