VIDEO: Wesley rallies past Birmingham-Southern
Justin Sottilare threw for 2 touchdown passes as No. 6 Wesley rallied twice, including in the 4th quarter, to defeat No. 15 Birmingham-Southern 26-17.
Birmingham-Southern erased a 16-10 halftime deficit when Joseph Moultrie converted on a 3 yard run to put the Panthers up by 1.
The score remained that way into the fourth quarter, as Wesley was working on an 18-play, 82-yard drive that stalled at the BSC, forcing Dan Tryon to hit a 25-yard field goal off the left hashmark, the same angle he hit the game-winner against Louisiana College 14 days earlier.
Jimmy Stainback tried to lead the Panthers back, but underthrew a pass while rolling out to his right, with Derrick Bender stepping up for his first interception of the season.
Wesley took advantage of the miscue by marking 58 yards in 6:03, this time finding the end zone on Askia Jahad's second rushing touchdown of the year, this one from 2 yards out.
Amir Petrose salted the game away with an intereception after Sosthene Kapepula deflected another Stanback pass near the line, with the lineman reaching up above the pack to grab his first career pick.
BSC (5-1) had taken a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 57-yard touchdown reception by Aaron Sherrill after he made a brilliant one-hand catch on a slightly underthrown pass over the middle. Sherrill then broke two ankle tackles before getting lose on the right side for his second score of the year.
Following a Wesley turnover on a Tim Putman snap that went over the head of Sottilare, BSC could not find the end zone from the Wesley 28, but Ryan Laughlin did connect on a 28-yard field go to give them the 2-score lead.
Wesley (4-1) found the board on the next drive, which started at their own 5 after an illegal block in the back penalty on the kickoff. 6:36 later, Dan Tryon put Wesley on the board with a 39-yard field goal to make it 10-3.
Jared Morris' 5th interception of the season ended BSC's ensuing drive, with Jeremiah Howe's 56 yard touchdown after a screen pass knotting the game at 10.
Wesley took the lead just before halftime, when they started a drive at the 4, and took just 8 plays to score when Steve Koudossou caught a 12-yard out route in the end zone.
Sottilare had his most complete game of the season, throwing for 346 yards on 26-of-38 passing with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 3 critical runs for first downs. Howe was his leading receiver yardage wise with 103 yards, while Steve Koudossou caught a game-high 6 passes for 59 yards.
Askia Jahad led all rushers with 103 yards and a touchdown, with Devar Robinson adding 30 yards on the ground and another 31 through the air on 3 catches.
Stainback finished 12-of-23 for 154 yards and 3 interceptions for Birmingham-Southern. The senior entered the game with just 2 picks on the year.
Wesley will face Virginia University of Lynchburg Saturday at 1pm for homecoming.
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