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Football Blanked by Wesley, Suffers First Shutout Loss Since 1988
10/09/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — Wesley scored 16 points in the third quarter to break open a tight battle en route to a 22-0 victory over Frostburg State in Atlantic Central Football Conference action Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

The Wolverines improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACFC, while the Bobcats fell to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

FSU was shut out for the first time since a 9-0 loss at Apprentice October 29, 1988, a span of 162 games. It was also the Bobcats’ first shutout loss at home since a 49-0 defeat to Dayton October 24, 1987.

The first half was a defensive struggle that ended with Wesley holding a 3-0 lead at the break on a 22-yard field goal by Chris Carlton with 5:58 left in the second quarter.

The Wolverines had other opportunities, but Carlton missed field goal tries from 47 yards and 35 yards and junior Kevin Nelson fumbled at the Bobcat five to end another threat.

Wesley finally found the end zone when senior safety Rocky Myers stepped in front of a pass by Bobcat sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and returned the ball 30 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the half.

The lead grew to 16-0 as sophomore Chris Warrick found a wide-open Nelson down the far side of the field for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:59 left in the third. Carlton’s extra point attempt was no good.

Carlton added a 22-yard field goalwith 2:33 left in the third and capped the scoing with a 29-yarder with 13:37 remaining.

Frostburg State had three chances to score in the fourth quarter but came up empty.

Romaine knocked the ball loose from Nelson and the Bobcats recovered at the Wesley 24 with 8:32 to play, but a fourth-and-four pass from the 18 was incomplete and the Wolverines took over on downs.

Freshman Johan Owens (Baltimore, Md./City College) then picked off a Warrick pass and returned it 32 yards to the Wesley 11 with 3:00 remaining. However, four straight passes into the end zone were incomplete and gave the Wolverines the ball back with 2:30 to go.

FSU had one final attempt after forcing a punt and taking over at the Wesley 30 with 50 seconds left. A pass interference penalty set the Bobcats up at the Wesley five in the closing seconds, but Ward threw three straight incompletions into the end zone, and his final pass of the day was tipped by sophomore Mario Harris and picked off by senior Chris Horsey at the one as time expired.

Nelson, who came into the day ranked eighth in the nation at 160.5 rushing yards per game, was held to 86 yards on 25 carries. Senior Ken Busch added 81 yards on 21 carries as Wesley amassed 183 of its 337 total yards on the ground.

Warrick was 12-of-24 for 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Frostburg State managed just 150 yards on 82 offensive plays, a 1.8-yard average. The Bobcats gained just 10 rushing yards on 31 carries for the day.

Sophomore Antoine Lewis (Baltimore, Md./City College) led FSU with 22 yards on nine carries in his first start of the season. Ward completed 21-of-51 passes for 140 yards but threw three interceptions and was sacked five times.

Myers led Wesley with eight tackles, while junior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) had a game-high 13 stops for FSU.

The Bobcats, who have lost four straight for the first time since 1988, visit Widener Saturday at 1:00 pm.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu