After starting the season 0-3, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have won two consecutive games, defeating visiting Urbana, 33-21 on Saturday.
Coach Jonas Jackson's squad produced 421 yards of total offense in gaining the victory.
Less than five minutes into the game, Nate Montana put the Bobcats on the board, finding Nyquan McGirt from 32 yards out. Kasper Bernild extended the lead to 10-0 with a 31-yard field goal later in the quarter.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Wesleyan’s Johnny Roundtree makes a move on Urbana’s Jake Krupko Saturday during the Bobcats’ 33-21 win in Buckhannon.
Bernild added a lengthy 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, as Wesleyan carried a 13-0 lead into the locker room.
Montana fired his second touchdown pass on the initial Bobcat drive of the second half, finding Lavaughn Hughes from 19 yards. With the lead standing at 20-0, the margin appeared comfortable, but Urbana responded in the third quarter.
Quarterback D.J. Mendenhall materialized a comeback effort by connecting on two touchdown passes late in the quarter. He found Jeffvon Gill from 37 yards and Wilburn Ogletre from 11 yards as the Blue Knights cut the margin to 20-14.
Urbana had the ball back with an opportunity to continue the comeback early in the fourth quarter, before the Bobcat defense stemmed the tide. Jermichael Kelley intercepted a Mendenhall aerial, and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The "pick six" provided Wesleyan its most critical defensive big play to date on the season.
Montana added an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chase Blackwell, providing an insurance tally for the Bobcats. Mendenhall also threw for one more score late in the game, hitting Alvin Busbee from 21 yards with 6:04 left in the contest, providing the final tally and the 33-21 score.
Wesleyan showed improvement in the running game against the Blue Devils, as Malcolm Yowk rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries. Wesleyan ended the day with 23 first downs and led in time of possession by four minutes.
Montana closed the day 27-of-56 passing for 341 yards and three touchdowns. His primary target was Blackwell, who hauled in nine catches for 94 yards and a score. His longest completion was a 50-yard toss to Donte Boston, who led in receiving yardage with 95 yards on five catches.
Defensively, John Maddox led the Bobcats with 14 total tackles (13 solo, one assist). Brian Vukela had two tackles for loss as the defense had three total sacks and seven tackles for loss as a unit.
Urbana falls to 3-2 with the loss. It will be a league rival next season as the Blue Knights are one of three schools joining the WVIAC football playing institutions in the new Mountain East Conference.
Wesleyan will hit the road this Saturday, traveling to Shepherd for a WVIAC matchup.