Wesleyan football to host Notre Dame Saturday

The Basics
The West Virginia Wesleyan football team will host Notre Dame (Ohio) Saturday (Oct. 15). The matchup is set to begin at 1 p.m. from Cebe Ross in Buckhannon, W.Va.

  • Quick Hits
  • Wesleyan fell to West Virginia State 46-21 last week. Javian Tomlinson rushed for two touchdowns, while Nathan Brennan hauled in a receiving score. Deontre Logan and Ely Ghameshlougy each had nine tackles. Michael Herbert, Jaden Swiger and Amir Franklin-Branch all racked up a sack.
  • WVWC quarterback Nathan Payne has completed 100 passes for 1,185 yards and six touchdowns. Payne logged 372 yards and three passing scores 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. Tomlinson has scampered for three rushing touchdowns this season.
  • Devin Washington has been the primary receiving threat for WVWC. Washington’s 86.4 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 9.5 tackles per game, which is the third-highest clip in the Mountain East Conference. The linebacker has made 4.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage and has totaled one sack.
  • The Bobcat defense has forced seven fumbles in six games played. Donovan Woods and Ghameshlougy have both caused two fumbles. Cameron Lomax, Chris Taylor and Khalil Smith have all forced one fumble.
  • Woods has been an anchor for the Bobcat defensive secondary. Woods’ six breakups are the eighth-highest total in the MEC. The Charlotte, N.C. product has snagged a pair of interceptions and recorded a scoop-and-score versus WVWC’s home opener versus Concord.
  • Ghameshlougy, a freshman from Woodbridge, Va., has been a welcome addition to the Bobcat defense. The freshman defensive back has recorded 35.0 total tackles in his first collegiate season.
  • WVWC alum Dwayne Martin is in his second season leading the Bobcats.

Scouting Notre Dame (Ohio)
The Falcons enter week seven of play with an overall record of 4-2 and a 4-1 record in the MEC. NDC dropped its first conference contest on Saturday (Oct. 8) in a double-overtime defeat to Frostburg State. With the loss last week, Notre Dame College fell off the AFCA National Top 25 rankings.

The Falcons currently hold the number two spot in the conference in scoring with a total of 25 touchdowns on the season and are averaging 33.7 points per game. The Notre Dame offense averages 248.3 passing yards per game. The offensive attack is led by senior quarterback, Chris Brimm, who averages 237.5 passing yards per game, which is the second-highest average in the MEC. Senior Jeremy Hamilton leads the Falcons on the receiving front, boasting a total of 312 receiving yards on the season. Hamilton is averaging 52.0 receiving yards per game, putting him ninth overall in the MEC.

Defensively, NDC has totaled the third-highest number of sacks on the season with 17. Senior Nathan Moore leads the Falcons’ defense and holds the number two spot for tackles in the MEC. Moore has accumulated a total of 38 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, six tackles for a loss and one sack. Sophomore, Teddy Tiokeng leads the team in sacks (4.5) and Davonte Murray leads the team in tackles for a loss with (9.0).

Garret Mack is in his inaugural season as the head coach of Notre Dame College football. Mack has been a member of the Falcons’ staff since January 2020 and held the positions of run game coordinator, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before being named head coach in February. Mack began his collegiate coaching career at Oberlin College, where he served as the linebackers coach and had a brief stint at Baldwin Wallace University as the wide receivers/strength and conditioning coach.

Up Next
The Bobcats will return to the road next week for a game at Alderson Broaddus on Oct. 23. Kickoff is scheduled to be at 1 p.m.

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