Fry hurls 5 TD passes as Wesley rolls by Framingham 58-21 in D-III tourney opener

Corterris Simpson (1) runs to congratulate teammate Mike Credle after he scored a touchdown against Framingham Saturday. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Drew Fry is no longer the quarterback of the future at Wesley College.

The future is now.

Fry threw for five touchdowns and 345 yards as the Wolverines easily dispatched Framingham State 58-21 in the first round of the NCAA Division III football tournament on Saturday afternoon in Dover.

Drew Fry

Wesley advanced to play Delaware Valley in the second round next Saturday at home at noon. The two teams met early this season at Delaware Valley on Sept. 14 with Wesley winning 24-18 in four overtimes.

Fry, a true freshman out of Middletown High, was making the first start of his career.

“I was really excited,” Fry said. “I’ve played in a few big games before coming here. It’s a great atmosphere. I love playing football on big stages.”

Marcellus Pack of Wesley fights his way past Framingham linebacker R.J. Fialli.

The Wolverines had rotated Jon Mullin and David Marrocco at quarterback this season before Fry played most of the second half in the season finale against Kean. His performance gave the Wesley coaching staff enough confidence to start him in the playoffs.

Fry rewarded that confidence by putting the game out of reach at halftime.

The 2018 Delaware High School Offensive Player of the Year threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns to give the Wolverines a 44-7 lead at halftime. He completed 20-of-23 passes in the first half.

“It’s a tough decision to replace a quarterback but when you see all the talent that Drew has he has to play,” said Wesley coach Chip Knapp.

Wesley’s Ruhann Peele scrambling to get past Framingham linebacker Brian Donahue.

Fry finished with 24 completions on 28 attempts. Mike Credle led the receivers with three touchdowns while Ruhann Peele and Jerrish Halsey each caught one.

“Drew Fry is a great young talent,” Credle said. “I’m glad that he’s gotten a chance to show what he can do. We were very confident in him coming out here.”

“Going through practice I felt really confident,” Fry said. “I knew all the guys out there have my back whenever I needed them.”

Chuck Simpson paced all Wesley receivers with 113 yards on six receptions. Credle was right behind him with 110 yards and seven catches.

Peele added seven catches for 96 yards.

Framingham player being chased by Wesley’s Key’mann Coleman (52) and Quaasim Glover (21).

“That’s a testament to Drew as well,” Knapp said. “The receivers are all talented players and it’s just a matter of when they get the opportunity. Today they all got opportunities and they took advantage of them. They’re very capable of having a bid day on any day and they just all happened to have one today. That’s a good sign moving forward.”

Wesley scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game Saturday.

The Wolverines led wire-to-wire thanks to Marcellus Pack. The Dover High product took the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

Wesley also got defensive touchdowns from Mike Brewer (Woodbridge High) and Coray Williams. Brewer returned an interception 92 yards for a score while William had a 85-yard touchdown on another interception return.

“I saw (former Wolverines star quarterback) Joe Callahan in the crowd and that brought me back to the days where we would play early round playoff games and we would score 40-50 points,” Knapp said. “I love those games. It’s a little less stressful and gives everyone an opportunity to play.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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