Turnovers doom Wesley in 42-28 road loss to Captains

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — It’s not like the Wesley College football team can’t play with the teams it’s faced so far.

It’s themselves that the Wolverines can’t seem to overcome.

For the second time in three weeks, turnovers were Wesley’s undoing as Christopher Newport took advantage of five turnovers to pull away to a 42-28 victory over the Wolverines in New Jersey Athletic Conference football on Saturday evening.


Wesley sports information photo/ Receiver Bryce Shade had two TD catches in the Wolverines’ loss at Christopher Newport.

With the contest tied 21-21 midway through the fourth quarter, the Captains (2-0 NJAC, 3-0 overall) reeled off 21 straight points in a seven-minute span to beat Wesley (1-1, 1-2) for the first time in four tries in program history.

Christopher Newport also recovered an onsides kick in that run against the Wolverines, who turned the ball over six times in a season-opening to Delaware Valley.

It’s the first time Wesley has suffered two regular-season losses in a season since 2003 and might knock the No. 17 Wolverines out of the D3football.com national rankings for the first time in a number of years.

With the contest tied 21-21 early in the fourth quarter, Wesley looked like it was ready to take its first lead of the game. But quarterback Dan Kesack was stripped of the ball as he ran with it just short of the five yard line.

The Captains recovered the fumble and drove 94 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Christopher Newport then recovered the onsides kick and drove for another score.

Finally, a Wesley turnover set up another Christopher Newport touchdown as the Captains’ lead grew to 42-21.

The Wolverines scored in the final minute but it was too little, too late.

Christopher Newport finished with an advantage of only 531 yards to 505 but Wesley lost three fumble and two interceptions while the Captains didn’t turn the ball over.

Making his second straight start, Kesack completed 18-of-29 passes for 305 yards with two touchdowns. The junior also ran for 44 yards on 10 carries.

Jamar Baynard ran for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries. Baynard’s 41-yard scoring run with 10:37 left in the third quarter tied the game at 21-21.

Captains’ QB D.J. Kearney was 30-of-44 for 400 yards with three touchdowns. Taylor Loudan caught seven passes for 139 yards and a TD.

Extra points

Christopher Newport’s 21 fourth-quarter points were the first second-half points that the Wolverines have allowed this season. … The Captains led 21-14 in the first quarter after the two teams combined to score on their first five drives. … Wesley has an open date next weekend before playing at Southern Virginia on Oct. 1. … Junior defensive end Isaiah Ingram was ejected midway through the contest. … Christopher Newport had 12 penalties to 10 for the Wolverines. … Linebacker Ben Robinson had a team-high 10 tackles for Wesley.

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