Wolverines notebook: For starters, Burroughs has Wesley offense under control

Wolverines quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs (No. 15). Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Khaaliq Burroughs looked pretty good throwing the ball deep in Wesley College’s football opener.

The senior quarterback averaged 21.5 yards per completion in the Wolverines’ 34-10 victory over Delaware Valley.

It was some of the short passes Burroughs wishes he could have back, though.

A couple times, he had receivers wide open right front of him and he just put too much on it. One high, hard throw was tipped up in the air for Burroughs’ lone interception of the contest.

“I think it was a little bit of adrenaline, it was a little bit of a wet ball,” said coach Chip Knapp. “I told him, it’s a layup drill — ‘You’re missing layups here.’ … But you’re not going to see as much of that as he continues to play.”

Those were the kind of details the Wolverines could work on when they had an open date last weekend after playing just one game on their schedule.

No. 7 Wesley (1-0 overall) finally returns to action on Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts College of New Jersey (0-1 NJAC, 0-2 overall) in its New Jersey Athletic Conference opener.

Knapp said he liked what he saw from the Wolverines’ offense after scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from DelVal.

“We played with more poise on offense than in first games we’ve had in previous seasons,” said Knapp. “We were a little bit calmer. There wasn’t that frantic intensity that you feel sometimes in the first game.

“Guys responded like veterans. They didn’t panic. There was none of that.”

Certainly, some of that had to do with Burroughs, who is in his second season as Wesley’s starting QB. He completed 13-of-21 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and just the one interception in the opener.

“He’s a leader,” said Knapp. “He knows what he’s doing. I think he’s just going to get better as the season goes on. I have a lot of confidence in him.”

Penalty problems

One of the more glaring problems from Wesley’s opening win was penalties.

The Wolverines were whistled for 17 penalties totaling 169 yards in the contest.

Knapp said it was an issue that was definitely discussed during the past two weeks.

“There were a good deal of freshman mistakes that we saw,” he said. “And we had a couple, I told the team, that were some of the worst penalties I’ve ever seen in 29 years of Wesley football. That was a big thing in the last two weeks — representing our program the way it should be. They were basically selfish acts we were committing a couple different times.

“I told the guys, if you guys want to win, be conference champs and go to the playoffs, we have to eliminate that right now. We’ll see if what we did worked.”

Senior shines

Senior cornerback Daquay Harris-Winbush was named the NJAC Defensive Player of the Week after having a big game against DelVal.
He finished with four pass breakups, 11 tackles and a QB hurry in the victory.

Knapp said Harris-Winbush got tested several times by “a couple of the better receivers we’re going to see through the year.”

“And he made every play,” said Knapp. “They threw five or six times at him deep and he made a play on the ball. DelVal got us twice last year on those types of plays. That was a point of emphasis and he made the plays.

“They weren’t able to run the ball like they wanted to so they needed some big plays. Daquay shut them down.”

Extra points

Wesley has lost starting defensive tackle Eric Hunter, who suffered a serious knee injury in the opener. The Newark High grad, a junior, is expected to miss the rest of the season. … Senior Cam Miles is expected to start at defensive tackle alongside Nick Glover. … The Wolverines moved up two spots from No. 9 in this week’s D3Football Top 25 after two teams ahead of them lost.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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