Wheeling U Gets First Win of 2021
WHEELING — Wheeling football used two signal callers and a slew of receivers effectively to notch its first win of the season, a 28-6 decision over Alderson Broaddus. Usual Junior starting quarterback Trent Jackson alternated drives with Redshirt Sophomore Brennon Norris, each of them producing scoring drives.
Wheeling took almost five minutes off the clock and went 66 yards down the field to score on the first drive of the contest. On a 4th and 11, Jackson found senior wide receiver Lowell Patron for a 32-yard score, putting the Cardinals up 7-0 early in the first quarter after a successful PAT from redshirt junior kicker Matthew Greenwood
The remainder of the first quarter was uneventful, with an Alderson Broaddus missed field goal and a Wheeling punt.
The Cardinal defense continued its productive ways in the second quarter, putting six points on the board for the second time in 2021. Experienced redshirt junior Brandon Munoz sacked Alderson Broaddus quarterback Dawson Skinner and stripped the ball from the freshman’s hands near the goal line. redshirt freshman linebacker Rodney Jackson pounced on top of the ball in the endzone to increase the Wheeling lead to 14-0 after a Greenwood PAT.
Both teams traded punts and turnovers to end the first half. Wheeling would maintain its two-score lead until the middle of the third quarter, when it would add more tallies to the scoreboard.
Norris led the Cardinals offense on an 11-play drive that took almost six minutes off the third quarter clock, eventually finding Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver Ryan LaFollette for a nine-yard touchdown strike to go up 21-0.
After a punt from the Battlers, Wheeling went right back to work on offense, scoring again just under three minutes from their prior touchdown.
Norris hit Patron on back-to-back plays of over 20-yards to add on to the Wheeling total. Patron caught a Norris pass for 24-yards was brought down at the Wheeling 48-yard line. On the next snap, Norris threw a perfect ball to a streaking Patron for a 52-yard six-pointer, the second score for both Norris and Patron of the afternoon. Wheeling took a 28-0 lead after the Greenwood PAT.
A Cardinal turnover and alternating punts wrapped up much of the fourth quarter, but the Battlers were able to sneak in a score with just over two minutes left to create a final score of 28-6.
Quarterbacks Jackson and Norris were effective in spreading the ball around the offense with both posting impressive lines. The two targeted seven different receivers throughout the contest.
Jackson went 13 for 22, accumulating 155 yards and adding six points on the opening score to Patron. Norris finished at 12 for 17, throwing for 140 yards and posting two scores through the air.
Patron had the hot hands for the Cardinal offense, grabbing 10 throws for a total of 177 yards, with two of the grabs for touchdowns. LaFollette was on the receiving end of the other score through the air. He had eight catches for 59 yards and added a touchdown.
Munoz lead the way defensively for Wheeling, obtaining four tackles and forcing a fumble on a strip-sack that led to the defensive touchdown. Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Back Josiah Wright, Redshirt Freshman Defensive Lineman Chase Nolan, and Redshirt Junior Defensive Lineman Dwayne Bender all added four tackles a piece, while six other Cardinals posted three stops.
Wheeling will travel to Glenville State next Saturday, September 25 with kickoff scheduled for 12 PM. The Cardinals will return to Bishop Schmitt field on October 2, when they entertain West Virginia Wesleyan at 2 PM.
Notre Dame College 51, West Liberty 10
WEST LIBERTY — No. 8-ranked Notre Dame (3-0, 2-0) rolled up a school-record 687 yards of total offense and its defense forced three turnovers in a rout of West Liberty (1-2, 1-1) on Russek Field inside West Family Stadium.
Chris Brimm completed 21 of 35 passes for a career-high 449 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for a score to spark the Falcons, who led 34-3 at the break. Devanaire Conliffe was on the receiving end of four passes for 194 yards and three scores. Jeremy Hamilton added four catches, a career-best 123 yards and another TD.
Isaiah Robinson caught eight passes for 100 yards and the lone score by the Hilltoppers. Tyler Moler accumulated 104 yards on the ground.
Washington & Jefferson 28, Bethany 3
WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Bethany College football team (0-3, 0-2) faced the 12th ranked Washington & Jefferson Presidents in a PAC contest inside Cameron Stadium Saturday evening. The Presidents used a strong second half to defeat the Bison 28-3.
The Bison held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter. The Presidents scored at the 9:13 mark in the second quarter in four plays (39 yards).
Bethany led the second half with a successful onside kick recovery. The Bison used the momentum to drive 46-yards in 11 plays which led to a 27-yard field goal off the foot of senior kicker Sean Cole.
The Bison defense began to wear after the Presidents scored 14 points in the third quarter taking a 21-3 lead heading into the fourth. The Presidents added seven points in the fourth sealing the PAC win.