Wolverines win finale, await word on D-III tournament bid

Wesley receiver Corterris Simpson was wide open for this pass by quarterback Jon Mullen that put the Wolverines up 6-0 in the first quarter. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — The Wesley College football team took care of business on the field.

Now it’s time to wait for the committee to make up its mind.

The Wolverines cruised to a 42-7 victory over NJAC foe Christopher Newport in their season finale on Saturday afternoon at Miller Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for Wesley, which finished the regular season at 9-1 overall and 6-1 in NJAC play.

The selection committee for the Division III tournament meets today at 5:30 p.m. to announce the brackets.

“We did everything that we can control,” said senior wide receiver Ruhann Peele. “We did our part, now it’s time to see what happens. Nothing is guaranteed, there’s a lot of good teams out there who probably have the same record. We’ll wait and see. We did the best we can and we’ll keep a positive mindset and be ready to work.”

Wesley’s Corterris Simpson (1 and teammate Ruhann Peele celebrate in the end zone after Wesley scored their third touchdown in the first half against Christopher Newport.

Coach Chip Knapp said the team will gather together to watch the selection show. He thinks the Wolverines did enough to warrant an at-large berth.

“You never know what’s going to happen with the selection show but we feel like we put ourselves in a great position to get in,” Knapp said. “With our winning tradition that we’ve had, being in the playoffs 13 of the last 14 years, there’s some high expectations and some pressure. We’re trying to continue the tradition coach (Mike) Drass has built here and it’s a great feeling to continue that tradition even though coach is no longer with us.”

Wesley out-gained Christopher Newport 548-128 in total yards.

With the game 21-0 after the first quarter, the Wolverines used the opportunity to rotate through four different quarterbacks.

Jon Mullin started the game and went 6-of-11 while throwing three touchdowns and 137 yards. Wesley next went to David Marrocco, who replaced Mullin last week against Kean and helped the Wolverines rally for a 27-13 win.

Marrocco was injured two plays into this stint, which allowed freshman Drew Fry his first real action as a Wolverine.

Marcellus Pack of Wesley gets a block and running room Saturday against Christopher Newport.

The former Middletown High standout threw for a pair of touchdowns. Fry was 8-of-10 on his passing attempts and recorded 192 yards.

“That was something that, if everything worked out, we hoped to do it,” Knapp said of the quarterback rotation. “Jon played real well at the beginning. Dave got a little banged up. Of course, we’ve been waiting to see what Drew Fry can do and the opportunity was right today. He’s a great talent and this gives us some options going into the playoffs.”

“It was awesome to see,” Peele said. “If God forbid a quarterback goes down, you see we have another quarterback behind him who is ready to go in and make plays.”

Jared Wagenhoffer was the final quarterback to get into the game. The Caesar Rodney High product played the last two drives and earned a 17-yard rush for a near-touchdown.

Knapp said the coaching staff will have to make a decision on who will start the possible playoff game next week.

Christopher Newport’s Deiontae Curry is sandwiched between Wesley defenders Mike Brewer (left) and Rock Hunter for a loss in the first half.

“There’s going to be some tough decisions to make,” Knapp said. “The quarterbacks all played well. We’re going to have to evaluate, watch the film and see what direction we want to go in the playoffs.”

Chuck Simpson paced the Wesley receivers with three touchdowns while catching five passes for 162 yards. Peele caught the first touchdown of the day on the first drive for 50 yards and ended with five catches for 99 yards.

Marcellus Pack also caught a touchdown for 13 yards. The Dover High grad was Wesley’s leading rusher on the day with 112 yards on 22 attempts.

Mike Brewer (Woodbridge High) led the Wolverine defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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