Wesley's playoff hopes may rest on win in Alabama

By Sean Greene 10:18pm, October 25, 2012
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Wesley Head Coach Mike Drass
Wesley College wraps up the Division III and road-trip portions of its regular-season football schedule when the Wolverines battle No. 16 Huntingdon in Montgomery, Ala. Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines (6-1) will be making their 3rd trip to Sanford Stadium after winning 61-28 in 2010 and 38-17 in 2006. Wesley is a perfect 4-0 against the Hawks (5-1), who are in their 9th season under the direction of Mike Turk who has a 56-28 record with Huntingdon.

Saturday's contest could go a long way to determining who wins the "Pool B" bid into the 32-team NCAA Division III National Tournament. There is only one bid guaranteed to be handed out to a team who is not a member of an automatic qualifying conference. Wesley and Huntingdon are both independents. There is a chance that a two-loss team could still make the field via "Pool C", the seven remaining bids after the conference champions and Pool B, but only two teams have accomplished that in the past 7 years. Wesley has made every tournament during that span.

Huntingdon enters the game off a very rare double-bye. Their last game was October 6, when they defeated Millsaps (Miss.) 45-24. They are led by Neal Posey, who will be making his third career start against Wesley, but had a rough two interception afternoon in Dover last season. He completed just 18-of-37 passes for 127 yards before being pulled in the 4th quarter.

Posey has been sharper this season however, completing 66% of his passes for 1,543 yards and 12 touchdowns against three interceptions. Top receivers Ephraim Johnson and Tylor Robinson each have 22 catches, with Robinson amassing 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Trevor Manuel is averaging 108 yards a game and has 14 trips to the end zone.

Wesley wide receiver Steve Koudossou scored on a reverse last season, but is questionable for the game after suffering a hand injury in practice before the Menlo game. Matt Barile caught passes of 60 and 41 yards along with a touchdown in the win a year ago. If Koudossou can't go, ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Matt Bundy may see increased playing time.

You can hear Wesley and Huntingdon Saturday at 2pmET on 1150AM WDEL, WDEL.com, and the WDEL Mobile App.

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