Lee carries Wesley to 29-9 win over Kean

Wolverine receiver James Okike got behind Kean defender David Jimerson to catch this long pass for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — Mike Drass wants the ball in his running back’s hands as much as possible.

So the Wesley College football team handed off to E.J. Lee 29 times on Saturday.

Lee rushed for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 29-9 Wesley victory over Kean in a NJAC contest as the Wolverines celebrated homecoming. It’s the fifth win in a row for Wesley, which improved to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in NJAC play.

“E.J. needs the football,” Drass said. “That kid needs to touch the ball more. When he is running the football, that’s when our offense is at its best.”

Wesley’s E. J. Lee takes a handoff from quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs around the left end in 2nd quarter

Lee highlighted a Wesley rushing attack that outgained Kean 213-23 on the ground.

While Lee had the biggest day of any Wolverine, the passing game got Wesley on the board first. James Okike opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown reception from Khaaliq Burroughs on the game’s first drive.

Lee then added back-to-back scores. His first touchdown came from five yards out before a 38-yard touchdown — his longest rush of the day which gave Wesley a 21-3 lead with 10:38 left in the second quarter.

E.J. Lee of Wesley takes a handoff and looks for running room against Kean University.

“The offensive line is making big blocks and driving downfield,” Lee said. “The receivers are opening things up also.”

But the would be the last touchdown of the day for the Wolverines.

Nick Bruhn converted on back-to-back field goals (40 and 46 yards) to give Wesley a 27-3 advantage in the second quarter. Wesley’s final scoring play came on a blocked punt by Shareef Jeffries, which bounced out of the end zone for a safety before halftime.

Wesley was kept scoreless in the second half.

“The first half we came out and dominated and put the points up on the board,” Lee said. “The second half we didn’t do that, we didn’t come out with the same intensity. We just got to come out with the same intensity that we did in the first half and we’ll be O.K.”

Despite not extending the lead at all in the second half, Wesley’s defense made sure the Wolverines kept control of the game.

Wesley quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs scrambles in the end zone to get away from Kean’s Chris Weber and prevent a safety in the 2nd half Saturday.

Wesley recorded four interceptions, three of which came in the second half. The most important one came when Lake Forest High product Mike Sabino snagged a tipped pass on the goal-line to prevent a scoring drive on Kean’s first drive of the third quarter.

Coray Williams and Cappadonna Miller also picked off wayward passes in the second half while DaJahn Lowery had an interception in the first half.

“Anytime you have four turnovers, you’re going to win a football game,” Drass said.

Wesley never got into a rhythm offensively in the second half and was hampered by 128 yards in penalties for the game.

“I got to watch the film,” Drass said. “I don’t know. I think you had some talking out on the field that definitely, our kids let it get in their heads. We got to have more maturity and composure if we want to continue to win. We can’t be involved in any stupid talk on the field.”

“I’m happy with the entire game,” Drass added though. “We won, that’s what matters.”

Extra points

Miller was Wesley’s leading tackler with eight. He was followed by Sabino and Samer Manna who each had seven. … The Wolverines ran a trick play in the second quarter for big yardage. Alex Kemp, a wide receiver who played quarterback in high school at Caesar Rodney, took a handoff on a reverse and threw downfield to tight end Andrew Eagle for a 70-yard gain. … Eagle was tops on the Wolverines with three receptions for 87 yards. Okike caught three passes for 62 yards. … Burroughs attempted 22 passes, completed 12 of them but was intercepted twice. He ended the day with 145 yards passing. … The Wesley defense held Kean to 3-of-10 on third down conversion attempts. … Wesley hosts Rowan in another NJAC conference matchup next Saturday at 1 p.m.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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