BUCKHANNON — Struggles continued on both sides of the ball for the West Virginia Wesleyan College football team as the Bobcats were shut out by UNC Pembroke 56-0 Saturday in Buckhannon.
As has been much of the season, most of the Bobcats’ action came in the first quarter. Wesleyan received the kickoff but immediately gave up the ball on the first play from scrimmage when Quinton Pulley’s pass was intercepted by Keshawn Pickett at the Wesleyan 43. Pembroke could not capitalize and turned the ball over on downs at the Wesleyan 17.
Three plays later, Pulley fumbled the ball but recovered to set up a fourth down punt by Aaron Vardell that was blocked and recovered by Pembroke at the Wesleyan eight-yard line. On the very next play, Pembroke’s Colin Johnson’s attempted pass to the end zone was intercepted by Steven Taylor for the Wesleyan touchback.
The Bobcats gained a first down but Pulley, again, fumbled and Pembroke took over at the Wesleyan 27. Three plays later, Pembroke scored its first touchdown but the extra point attempt was blocked and recovered by Eudean Dobson who returned the ball 90 yards to the UNC 5-yard line. The return, however, was nullified on Bobcat illegal block in back to give Pembroke a second extra point try which was successful.
Pembroke would go on to command the remainder of the game, holding Wesleyan to minus six total rushing yards while totaling 217 on the ground and 281 through the air (Wesleyan passed for 101 yards) and the Bobcats fell to 0-7 for the season.
Wesleyan travels to Concord University Saturday, Oct. 28 for a 2 p.m. game start with the Mountain Lions.