Marcellus Pack runs against TCNJ

Marcellus Pack runs against TCNJ

Wesley's Marcellus Pack rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the 12th-ranked Wolverines rallied past Kean 27-13 to keep their at-large bid alive for the NCAA Division III Football Tournament.

Wesley outgained Kean 442-223 in the contest, but three 1st quarter turnovers put a governor on their scoreboard total.

Kean took the lead at the 10:56 mark of the opening quarter when Jon Mullin was intercepted by Kyeon Taylor, who ran it back 33 yards to take a 6-0 lead after Isiah Mitchell blocked the extra point.

Wesley's next drive got down to the Kean 2, but an Abe Mansaray fumble gave the football back to the Cougars, only to have Will Scott get a safety in the end zone to get Wesley on the board.

The unusual 6-2 score then became 6-5 two drives later, as Nick Bruhn kicked a 26-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 37-yard drive that summarized Wesley's struggles on offense.

David Marrocco entered for Mullin after a second interception, and he found Chuck Simpson on a 17-yard inside slant with 5:53 to go before halftime to give Wesley the lead at 12-6.

Kean answered with the only long drive of the game, as they went 53 yards on 10 plays, finishing with Donte Jamison's 6-yard touchdown catch from Tyrae Taylor to give the Cougars a 13-12 halftime lead after Logan Matthews' extra point.

The game remained that way into deep in the third quarter, when Wesley embarked on a 15-play, 87-yard journey that ended with Pack sweeping to the left for a 6-yard touchdown, and a 20-13 lead after Chuck Simpson's 2-point conversion catch.

Wesley's defense took over from there, forcing a punt, a turnover on downs, and back-to-back interceptions on Kean's last four drives.

Wesley could not find the gap touchdown, as Marrocco tossed Wesley's 4th turnover of the day on an interception, but after a Marcus Gaspard interception on defense, Pack sprinted 87 yards down his own sideline to put the football game away.

Pack finished with 170 yards on 27 carries, and added 3 catches for 37 yards. Simpson led Wesley with 9 catches for 71 yard and the touchdown. Ruhann Peele was held to just 2 catches for 50 years, but he went over 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

Both of Wesley's quarterbacks struggled with accuracy.

Marrocco was 13-for-26 for 151 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, while Mullin was 7-for-15 for 61 yards, and 2 interceptions.

Wesley's defense won the day though, as Dante Daniel had 3 of Wesley's 9 tackles for loss and 2 of their 3 sacks. He also recovered a fumble.

Will Scott added 2.5 tackles for loss and a half of a sack.

Gaspard and Mike Brewer had Wesley's interceptions.

Wesley (8-1, 5-1 NJAC) saw their chance to win the NJAC's automatic bid end with Salisbury's win at TCNJ, but if they can get to 9-1 with a win next Saturday over Christopher Newport, they would have an extremely solid case for one of the 5 at-large bids to the tournament.

Kickoff from Dover next Saturday is at 1 p.m.