Football 'Cats Drop MEC Contest Against Urbana, 21-7

Football 'Cats Drop MEC Contest Against Urbana, 21-7

BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's football team dropped their second Mountain East Conference game in a row Saturday afternoon, falling to the visiting Urbana Blue Knights 21-7 at Cebe Ross Field.

Urbana used a stifling defensive effort to pull the important road win, holding the Bobcat offense to just 181 yards.

It appeared late in the first half that the two teams may go to the locker rooms scoreless, but Urbana managed to get on the scoreboard with only 2:10 left before intermission.

Quarterback Taquan Green found Rodell Rahmann from 40 yards out on a play-action fake.

Josh Cole's point-after kick staked the Blue Knights to a 7-0 halftime lead.

Rahmann's score was set up by a partially blocked punt, that gave Urbana the ball inside of Wesleyan territory. 

Urbana extended the lead to 14-0 early in the third quarter, as Green hit his top target, Trevon Saunders from 18 yards out.

Wesleyan responded just over a minute later with a little bit of trickeration from head coach Del Smith's playbook, with Chad Pinson racing 63 yards with a fake punt. Tyler Fischer's PAT brought the Bobcats to within a score at 14-7.

Urbana scored an insurance touchdown with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter, as Maurice Warren scored from the five with a rushing touchdown. This would close the scoring for the day.

Wesleyan penetrated into Urbana territory three more times, including one trip into the red zone. However, they came away without points each time.

Warren led all rushers with 171 yards on 32 carries. Saunders, the league leader in all-purpose yards, caught seven balls for 51 yards and a touchdown. 

Pinson's 63-yard touchdown made him the top yardage producer on the ground for the Bobcats.

Tailback Devin Montgomery ran for 54 yards on 11 carries. 

Sterling Dewdney was the top Wesleyan receiver with 27 yards on three catches. 

Defensively, linebacker Brandon Grayson led all tacklers with a career high 18 (14 solo, four assists).

Aman Speed Jr. added 10 tackles, including two for loss and an interception. 

With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-2 both overall and in the MEC.

Urbana is now 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

Wesleyan returns to action next Saturday, traveling to Pittsburgh for a showown with FCS opponent Duquesne.

Game time Saturday night is slated for at 7 p.m.

 

(Pictured is starting center Ryan Jackson)