Football ‘Cats seek first win Saturday at ABU

The Basics
The West Virginia Wesleyan football team is set to travel to Alderson Broaddus on Saturday (Oct. 22). Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

  • Quick Hits
  • The Bobcats fell at home to Notre Dame (Ohio) last Saturday (Oct. 15). NDC is receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association National Poll. Javian Tomlinson maneuvered his way into the end zone for the fourth time this season. Deontre Logan eclipsed the double-digit tackles number for the third time this year.
  • WVWC quarterback Nathan Payne has completed 103 passes for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns. Payne accumulated a career-high 372 yards and three passing touchdowns versus Concord on Sept. 17.
  • Jamir Boyd passed his first touchdown of the season at West Virginia State.
  • Wesleyan’s rushing attack has been facilitated through Tomlinson. The sophomore from Sebastian, Fla. has racked up four rushing touchdowns this season.
  • Devin Washington has been the primary receiving target for WVWC. Washington’s 72.0 receiving yards per game is the fourth-highest in the conference. Washington has hauled in three receiving touchdowns and 432 yards.
  • Logan, a senior from Richmond, Va., has been a force on the defensive side of the football. Logan averages 9.6 tackles per game, which is the fourth-highest average in the Mountain East Conference. The linebacker has made 6.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage and has totaled two sacks.
  • The Bobcat defense has forced eight fumbles in seven games played. Donovan Woods and Ghameshlougy have both caused two fumbles. Cameron Lomax, Chris Taylor, Derrick Smith and Khalil Smith have all forced one fumble.
  • Woods has been an anchor for the Bobcat defensive secondary. The Charlotte, N.C. native has snagged a pair of interceptions and recorded a scoop-and-score in WVWC’s home opener versus Concord. Woods has six pass breakups in his sophomore season.
  • Ghameshlougy, a freshman from Woodbridge, Va., has been a welcome addition to the Bobcat defense. The WVWC defensive back has recorded 40.0 total tackles in his first collegiate season.
  • WVWC alum Dwayne Martin is in his second season leading the Bobcats.

Scouting Alderson Broaddus
The Battlers enter week eight of play with an overall record of 0-7 and a Mountain East Conference Record of 0-6. Last season, Alderson Broaddus defeated Wesleyan in Buckhannon by a score of 49-20. The score was tied at 14-14 at halftime, and AB outscored WVWC 35-6 in the second half.

Alderson Broaddus currently holds the eleventh spot in the conference in scoring. The Battlers have scored 15 touchdowns this season and currently average 16.4 points a game. The Alderson Broaddus offense holds the sixth spot in the conference in passing, averaging 219.6 passing yards per game. The passing attack is led by junior quarterback Jaylen Tregle and sophomore quarterback Dawson Skinner. Tregle averages 151 passing yards per game and Gray averages 119 passing yards per game. Freshman wide receiver Marvin Slims leads the Battlers on the receiving front with a total of 544 receiving yards on the season. Slims averages 77.71 yards per game, which is the third-highest average in the conference.

On the defensive side, the Battlers hold the number eight spot in the MEC in interceptions with a total of nine on the season. Sophomore Michael Schweinefuss, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, is the team leader in tackles with 71 total tackles. Schweinefuss not only is the team leader in tackles but also holds the number two spot in the MEC in total tackles.

Travis Everhart is currently in his fourth year in the Head Coach role for the Battlers. Everhart is no stranger to coaching, as he entered his 24th season of coaching this fall. Before his current position at Alderson Broaddus, Everhart coached at Fort Valley State University, West Virginia State, University of Charleston, and Capital University.

Up Next
West Virginia Wesleyan football will begin a two-game homestand beginning next weekend versus Charleston. The Golden Eagles and Bobcats will play at Cebe Ross Field on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

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