Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:36pm
Wesley rallies for homecoming victory
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|VIDEO: Sean Greene and Jason Bowen break down Wesley's victory (PHOTO COURTESY: Wesley College Athletics)|
Steve Koudossou collected two fourth quarter touchdown receptions, and Rick Jackson rushed for 127 yards as No. 10 Wesley rallied for a 38-28 Homecoming victory over Huntingdon.
Huntingdon took a 28-17 advantage into the 4th quarter after scoring three times in the 3rd quarter on 1-yard runs from Taylor Hughes and Austin Bennett, along with a 6 yard pass from Hughes to Zach Camp.
Camp's touchdown came with 1:07 to go in the quarter, and it spawned a 71-yard response drive from Wesley, which culminated with Koudossou's 11-yard touchdown reception from Joe Callahan which cut the lead to 28-25 following a 2-point play to Matt Bundy.
Huntingdon was driving to try to make it a two-score game when Wesley's freshman cornerback Zane Campbell came down with an intended fade pass in the end zone.
A personal foul after the turnover left Wesley at the 10-yard line, but the Wolverines marched 90 yards on just nine plays, ending with Steve Koudossou beating two defenders on a pass into the end zone, giving Wesley a 32-28 lead, their first since the 10-7 halftime advantage.
Another Hawk drive made it into Wesley territory, but a 4th down rush by Taylor Hughes was stuffed just short of the line-to-gain at the 32.
Wesley's Jackson then took it from there, running all three plays on a 68-yard drive, including a brilliant 44-yard effort for his second touchdown of the season, and the vital gap touchdown.
Huntingdon attempted to march down the field again, but Campbell's second interception of the day sealed the victory for the hosts.
Wesley led 3-0 after the opening quarter thanks to a 25-yard field goal by Jon Storck on their opening drive.
The teams traded scores in the 2nd quarter with 6-foot-5 Taylor Belsterling collecting a high pass from Ryne Taylor and turning it into a 65-yard reception, only to have that countered 3 minutes later by Matt Bundy's 25 yard reception from Callahan.
Callahan finished 22-for-39 for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 1 interception. Jeremiah Howe caught a team-high 97 receiving yards for Wesley, while Bundy caught 7 passes for 85. Kyle George's 60 yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter was Wesley's only score in that frame.
Huntingdon (3-1) quarterbacks Ryne Taylor and Taylor Hughes split time, with both throwing a touchdown and an interception. Belsterline finished with 5 catches for 172 yards while Tyler Robinson grabbed 7 passes for 118 yards.
The victory was Wesley's second straight win over the Hawks after trailing by 11 in the second half. Last year Wesley was down 21-10, just like this year, before rallying for a 31-21 win.
Wesley (4-1) takes a break from Division III play to face the Virginia University of Lynchburg Saturday at 1pm at Miller Stadium.
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