Wesley crushes new D-II team Franklin Pierce 69-0 in opener

RINDGE, N.H. — Wesley College wasn’t sure what it was going to get from Franklin Pierce on Saturday.

What the Wolverines got was a team that looked like it was playing its first NCAA football game.

Wesley put up 51 first-half points before breezing to a 69-0 victory over the fledgling Ravens in its season opener at Sodexo Field on Saturday afternoon.

Ruhann Peele

Franklin Pierce, which had been competing in sprint football for several seasons, was playing its first game as an NCAA Division II program.

The 69 points were the most the Wolverines have scored in a game since tallying a school-record 75 points vs. Virgina-Lynchburg in 2014.
Wesley out-gained the Ravens 544 to 26 yards in total offense and finished with an advantage of 28-3 in first downs.

Seven different players accounted for the Wolverines’ nine touchdowns in the contest. Senior receiver Ruhann Peele had a big game, catching 12 passes for 134 yards and three TDs.

Junior quarterback David Marrocco, who was making his first career start, completed 13-of-16 passes for 166 yards with four touchdowns. Senior Jon Mullin also saw action, completing 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards while running for a touchdown.

David Marrocco

The Wolverines’ defense actually started the scoring. On the third play from scrimmage, sophomore defensive end Tommy Tanner made a tackle in the end zone for a safety just 1:13 into the game.

Wesley led 16-0 before erupting for 35 points in the second quarter.

Also scoring TDs for the Wolverines were Abe Mansaray, Marcellus Pack (Dover), Mike Credle, Xavier Drummond (Sussex Tech) and Leroy Pendleton. Drummond, who was coming off a serious knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season, scored on a 50-yard run in the third quarter.

Senior E.J. Lee ran for a game-high 73 yards on 12 carries.

Linebackers Dante Daniel and Marquise Dunn tied for the team lead with five tackles apiece.

Wesley is on the road again next Saturday with a 1 p.m. at Delaware Valley.

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