Wesley’s Lee sets the tone in 34-3 win over Rowan

 

Wesley’s E.J. Lee breaks into the open and runs for a long touchdown on Wesley’s first possession Saturday against Rowan. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — E.J. Lee visited the end zone on Wesley College’s first play from scrimmage.

After the game, Lee was in that same end zone, this time his teammates and coaches were singing happy birthday to him.

Lee celebrated his 21st birthday with three rushing touchdowns and 108 total rushing yards as Wesley won a NJAC contest over Rowan 34-3 on Saturday afternoon. Lee has rushed for more than 100 yards in each game this season as Wesley improved to 6-1 overall (6-0 NJAC).

Lee got off to a fast start. He rushed 45 yards for a touchdown on Wesley’s first snap of the game.

“It set the tone and gave us momentum,” Lee said. “Every time after that we stepped on the field we had confidence.”

Lee scored all of his touchdowns in the first half. He added a two-yard run and a five-yard run for scores in the second quarter.

He also got involved in the passing game with seven catches for 66 yards. James Okike led the Wolverines in receptions with eight and racked up 142 yards.

Wesley quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs is tripped up from behind after getting enough for a first down in the 2nd quarter against Rowan. ( Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Okike caught two touchdowns in the second half. The first came on a 92-yard reception over the top of the Rowan defense in the third quarter.

Okike capped the scoring with a 16-yard catch with 7:15 left in the game. Wesley quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs finished with 269 yards (22-of-29 attempts) and the two touchdown passes to Okike.

“We were able to pass the ball and run the ball well,” Lee said. “That’s always a good thing when you can do both.”

Wesley coach Mike Drass said Lee’s first run of the game was key to Wesley establishing control.

“E.J. is going to make people miss,” Drass said. “We started out with getting a good surge off the line of scrimmage.”

“(Offensive coordinator) Chip Knapp does a good job of putting the offense in position to win,” Drass added. “E.J. scored three times and did a great job in the pass game. Finding ways to get him the ball is only going to help this team.”

Meanwhile the Wesley defense held Rowan to just a 28-yard field goal by Tyler Knighton in the second quarter.

Samer Manna paced the Wolverines with 14 tackles. Isaiah Ingram recorded a pair of sacks and seven tackles while Stephen Yorkman had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Keshaun Henry of Wesley holds off a Rowan tackler as he takes a pass reception around the right end in the 2nd quarter Saturday. ( Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Lake Forest High grad Mike Sabino was second on the Wolverines with eight tackles. Wesley also received a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack by freshman Stefon Woodruff while Cappadonna Miller had a sack and an interception.

 

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