Wesley falls to Delaware Valley 24-19 on road in opener

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – For the second-straight year, Delaware Valley spoiled Wesley College’s football season opener.

Again the No. 20 Aggies used a big second quarter, this time taking a 19-point halftime lead, before holding off the 11th-ranked Wolverines, 24-19, on Thursday night.

DelVal scored 19 second-quarter points in opening up a 22-3 halftime advantage. In their 21-14 win last year, the Aggies scored all 21 points in the second quarter.

The Aggies also won the turnover battle for the second consecutive meeting as they forced three turnovers and did not commit one themselves. Last year, they had a 5-0 edge in turnovers.

Wesley’s Corterris Simpson returns a punt in Thursday night’s game./Wesley sports information

The biggest turnover came with 6:28 remaining in the first half as Delaware Valley held a 10-3 lead, but the Wolverines were driving the ball. On third-and-12, quarterback Nick Falkenberg scrambled out of the pocket and Aggie linebacker Nicholas DiGati forced the ball loose on a big hit. Fellow senior linebacker Nick Wright was there to scoop it up and he raced 70 yards for the touchdown and a 16-3 advantage.

Wesley came out strong to start the second half as it put nine points on the board on its first two drives. The first drive went 79-yards on 11 plays and was capped by E.J. Lee’s two-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines then made it 22-12 with Nick Bruhn’s 35-yard field goal with 6:15 left in the third.

Wesley’s next possession began at its own three-yard line, but the team quickly moved into Aggie territory. Facing a third-and-16 from the 38, Falkenberg overthrew his receiver and safety Jarren McBryde was there for the diving interception nearly five minutes into the fourth quarter.

Wesley surrendered a safety on the following drive.

Wesley made it a 24-19 game with 1:58 left on the clock as Falkenberg completed an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown toss to Dan Kesack. The Wolverines attempted an onsides kick but Dan Allen recovered for Delaware Valley.

Wesley had one last chance at it took over on its own 14 with just 43 seconds left. They were able to move up to the 31, but turned the ball over on downs and the Aggies did one kneel down before celebrating the win.

Wesley out-gained Delaware Valley, 384 to 242. Lee rushed 32 times for 162 yards and one touchdown. Falkenberg was 18-for-30 for 227 yards and a score.

For Delaware Valley, Shawn Miller, a Laurel High product, led the Aggie defense with 10 tackles.

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