Battlers pull away in second half to keep ‘Cats winless

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan (0-8, 0-7) football team fell to Alderson Broaddus (1-7, 1-6) at home on Saturday (Oct. 23) at Ross Field.
WVWC Leaders
Stafford, Va., native Jamir Boyd completed 19 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Boyd rushed for 73 yards on the ground. Javian Tomlinson found the end zone and accumulated 44 rushing yards. CJ Washington hauled in eight receptions for 78 yards and scored on a 22-yard pass from Boyd.
Deontre Logan was the leading tackler for the ‘Cats, recording seven total tackles and one tackle for a loss. Kevin Herring picked off a pass. Darius Broach and Justin McIntyre each forced a fumble. McIntyre broke up two AB passes.
Alderson Broaddus Leaders
Quarterback Jaylen McNair threw three touchdowns and 233 yards. LeShon Brooks rumbled for 69 yards and a score. Wide receiver Robert Johnson snagged four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The leading tackler for the Battlers was Cedric Carter, who had a game-high nine total tackles. Carter contributed half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Terry Hardy, Jr. recorded a strip-sack and scooped up the fumble for a score. Tyleeke Smith also forced a fumble for the AB defense.
Inside the First Half
After the Bobcats went three-and-out on their opening possession, Alderson Broaddus drove 37 yards to set up a first down at the WVWC 29-yard line. On the next play, McIntyre punched out the ball from an AB receiver that was recovered by Derrick Smith to give possession back to the Bobcats at the WVWC four-yard line. The AB defense forced a Wesleyan punt on the next drive. McNair connected with Terrance Tate on a 39-yard pass to take a 7-0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the opening quarter. The Battlers’ defense generated points after a strip-sack to take a 14-0 lead.
The Bobcats got on the board after an 11 play, 56-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 22-yard scoring pass from Boyd to Washington on 4th and 13. Herring intercepted a pass from McNair at the WVWC 45-yard line and returned it for 23 yards to the AB 32-yard line. The Bobcats capitalized on the favorable field position and tied the game on a three-yard rush from Tomlinson. The score was tied at the conclusion of the first half.
Inside the Second Half
The Bobcat defense forced a three-and-out on the AB opening drive. The Bobcat offense drove to the AB eight-yard line and set up a 25-yard field goal attempt. The Battlers’ defense forced a fumble on the field goal attempt and returned the fumble for a 76-yard touchdown to take a 21-14 lead. The Battlers extended their lead to 14 after an 81-yard drive that spanned 11 plays. Brooks found the end zone on a nine-yard rush to put AB ahead, 35-21. A 47-yard pass from McNair to Robert Johnson gave AB a 42-14 lead heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Battlers blocked a Bobcat punt and returned it to the end zone, extending the AB lead to 49-14. Boyd swung a 10-yard pass to freshman tight end Nathan Brennan for a WVWC score with 6:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Battlers won the game, 49-20.
Up Next
The WVWC football team will turn around and play at Charleston on Thursday (Oct. 28). The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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