Lee scores 5 touchdowns as Wolverines crush William Paterson 66-0

E.J. Lee

The Wesley College football team cruised to its second consecutive shutout victory with a 66-0 win over the William Paterson Pioneers in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Saturday.

The Wesley defense held William Paterson to 20 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and only allowed two first downs. The Wolverines offense totaled 441 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.

Wesley improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in NJAC play.

Running back E.J. Lee carried the ball 13 times for 128 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. His five touchdowns on the ground tied the Wesley single-game record for rushing touchdowns.

In total, 11 Wolverines carried the ball. Gyair Sharper and Chandler Armstrong each registered their first collegiate touchdowns in the second half.

Quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs went 9-for-13 for 123 yards and a touchdown to James Okike. Okike caught three passes for 51 yards.

The Wolverines tallied 11 tackles for loss. Samer Manna paced the defense with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Manna also forced and recovered a first quarter fumble.

Wesley’s first drive of the game ended with a fumble recovery by William Patterson but the Wolverines responded a few plays later when DaJahn Lowery returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

A fumble then gave Wesley the ball inside the WP-20, and Lee picked up the 17 yards on three carries for a 14-0 edge with 12:35 on the clock.

Another turnover and a one-yard Lee rush pushed it to 21-0 25 seconds later before Lee’s two-yard effort gave the Wolverines a 28-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.

Burroughs started the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown to Okike and Lee’s runs of 64 and 13 yards finished the first-half scoring as the Wolverines took a 49-0 advantage into the break.

A Nick Bruhn 36-yard field goal with 4:27 left, coupled with a Armstrong 10-yard rushing touchdown made it a 59-0 margin by the end of the third quarter.

Sharper finished the scoring with a three-yard run midway through the fourth period.

Since losing a 24-19 decision to Delaware Valley in the season opener, Wesley has bounced back with a 33-0 win and this 66-0 victory after its bye week.

The Wolverines host Southern Virginia this Saturday at 1 p.m. in another NJAC contest.

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