BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan put one in the win column Saturday afternoon, rolling to a convincing 41-17 victory over visiting Seton Hill.
Quarterback Nate Montana found his groove in the Bobcat offense, throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Montana utilized all of his weapons, as he found 10 different receivers. Chase Blackwell and Nyme Manns each collected a pair of touchdowns, but Lavaughn Hughes was the primary target. Hughes hauled in eight catches for 115 yards.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Wesleyan linebacker Jake Leninsky hits Seton Hill quarterback Ryan Morris during West Virginia Conference play Saturday in Buckhannon.
Seton Hill scored first on a Ryan Morris 23-yard pass to Niko Hall-Brown. Josh Cavalier's two-point conversion rush pushed the Griffins to an early 8-0 advantage.
Jonas Celian turned the momentum into the favor of the Bocats, returning a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown at the 13:05 mark of the second quarter. Montana would find Manns for a pair of touchdown strikes in the same stanza as Wesleyan extended its lead to 21-11 at the half.
Another Morris to Hall-Brown touchdown toss cut the lead to 21-17 early in the third quarter, but Montana answered with a toss to Blackwell later in the quarter, making the score 28-17 after three quarters. Two Kasper Bernild field goals, and another Montana-to-Blackwell connection in the final quarter turned the close game into a Bobcat rout.
Montana completed 37-of-66 of passes on the day with no interceptions. Blackwell led the Bobcat rushing attack with 43 yards on five carries and had 97 yards on seven catches. Manns had 68 yards on seven catches.
Morris was 26-of-46 through the air for 215 yards. Hall-Brown hauled in 10 catches for 98 yards.
Wesleyan's defense shut down the Seton Hill running game.
The Griffins were held in the red, totaling minus-20 yards on the ground, while the Bobcats tallied 83 yards.
Wesleyan led in total offense 496 to 215.
Jesse Robertson produced his third consecutive double-figure tackle game with 11, three of which were tackles for loss. Brian Vukela was the big play man of the defense for the day, recording sacks on Morris for 21 yards in loss.
Wesleyan raises their record to 1-3 on the campaign and 1-1 in the WVIAC. Seton Hill falls to 0-4, 0-2 in the league. Wesleyan returns to action next Saturday, hosting non-conference foe Urbana.