Wesley makes it three in a row with 31-13 win over College of New Jersey

Marcellus Pack

EWING, N.J. — For a moment, it looked like Wesley College might be in for yet another nail-biter.

Midway through the third quarter, underdog College of New Jersey cut the Wolverines’ lead to just three points.

But No. 14-ranked Wesley responded by scoring 21 unanswered points to put away a 31-13 victory over the Lions in a New Jersey Athletic Conference football game on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the third in a row for the Wolverines (4-1 NJAC, 7-1 overall) as well as their fifth straight over TCNJ (2-3 NJAC, 2-6 overall).

Dover High grad Marcellus Pack gave Wesley the lead for good on a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The senior finished with two TDs, running for 57 yards on seven carries while adding 48 yards on a pair of receptions.

The Wolverines led 10-0 at halftime after Nick Bruhn booted a 27-yard field goal.

The Lions, however, got within 10-7 on a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the third quarter. The touchdown seemed to wake up the Wolverines, though.

First, freshman fullback Leroy Pendleton muscled his way up the middle for a two-yard TD run that completed a seven-play, 65-yard drive.

Then linebacker Mike Brewer (Woodbridge) had a strip sack, picking up the fumble and returning it 23 yards for the touchdown. The Wolverines’ second TD in 20 seconds quickly stretched their advantage to 24-7.

Pack’s nine-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter pushed Wesley’s lead to 31-7.

QB Jon Mullin completed 17-of-29 passes for 244 yards but with a pair of interceptions. Receiver Ruhann Peele had six catches for 76 yards with Chuck Simpson adding five receptions for 52 yards plus a 59-yard punt return.

Wesley out-gained TCNJ 366 yards to 270.

Defensively, linebacker Jay Holmes (Caesar Rodney) collected eight tackles, with two sacks and a forced fumble. Safety Coray Williams also had eight tackles with Myles James adding an interception.

Wesley hosts Kean in a 1 p.m. game next Saturday.

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