PHOTO: Jamar Baynard gets a lead block on his way to a rushing touchdown against Alfred State (Courtesy: Wesley College Athletics)Jamar Baynard rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown as No. 15 Wesley wrapped up its regular season with a 47-0 shutout over 1st-year Division III program Alfred State Saturday afternoon.
In a must-win game for Wesley to have a chance of making a 9th straight NCAA Tournament, Wesley quickly jumped ahead of the Pioneers 7-0 on a 19-yard touchdown reception by Kyle George from Joe Callahan.
Two drives later, Wesley again took advantage of a short field, going 51 yards, with 42 coming on the legs of Jeremiah Howe who ran a speed sweep 42 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season. A missed extra point kept Wesley's advantage at 13-0.
Wesley would add 10 points in the second quarter on a 25-yard field goal by Jon Stock and Callahan's 20-yard pass to Bryce Shade. That was Shade's second touchdown in two weeks.
Baynard then took over in the 3rd quarter, as he was the focus of a 6-play, 71-yard drive to open the half which ended on an 18-yard touchdown run, his first as a Wolverine.
Jamar's former Middletown teammate Adam Szczerba added to the advantage with a 26-yard field goal to bring the score to 33-0.
Eugene Byrd and Kenny Virden finished off the scoring with touchdowns in the 4th quarter, as Wesley wrapped up the regular season at 8-2.
Baynard's 123 yards came on jjust 13 carries, while Rick Jackson netted 55 yards on just 4 touches.
Wesley outgained the Pioneers 487 to 158, with Alfred State only being able to complete 4 passes in the game.
Rasheed Williams led Alfred State (4-6) with 119 rushes, which put him over 1,000 on the season.
The Wolverines will now await the decision of the NCAA Division III Football Tournament Selection Committee, who will determine which of five teams will receive the 3 "Pool B" teams allocated to the teams which are not in automatic qualfying conferences. The bracket will be announced during a Selection Show on NCAA.com at 6pm.
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