Golden Eagles fall to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in ACFC

DOVER, DE -- The Wesley Wolverines set up an Atlantic Central Football Conference title match next week with Salisbury University by defeating visiting SUNY Brockport at home 24-17. Sophomore quarterback Chris Warrick was an 18 of 27 for 171 yards with two touchdowns. Wolverine runningback Kevin Nelson rushed for 161 yards on 34 carries. Wesley runs it record to 6-1 on the season, and a perfect 4-0 in Atlantic Central Football Conference play. Brockport fell to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the ACFC. This is the first time since 1999 that Brockport has lost three games in the regular season.

Wesley that struck first as kicker Chris Carlton’s 41 yard field goal put the Wolverines ahead with 0:29 seconds left in the first quarter. The score capped a 13 play drive that only went 36 yards.

Brockport was quick to counter as return man, Mike Maciewjewski (Buffalo/Cheektowaga Central) took the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Brockport 48 yard line. Six plays later, quarterback Bob Darnley (N. Tonawanda/Wheatfield) found Mike Mahoney (Webster/Schroeder) for a 4 yard touchdown. Collin Hoffman’s (Oneonta) extra point was good, giving Brockport a 7-3 lead with 13:06 left in the half.

The two teams traded punts for most of the second quarter until Brockport’s Darnley was intercepted by Wesley’s linebacker Bryan Sorenson. Sorenson returned the pick 19 yards to the Eagles’ 26 yard line. A tough defensive stand forced another Chris Carlton field goal attempt, but this one was blocked by Maciewjewski.

The Eagles used the swing in momentum to drive the length of the field, but Darnley was intercepted for the second time in the game. Wesley’s defensive star, Rocky Myers hauled in Darnley pass in the endzone for a touchback ending the threat. Both teams came up short in their final two possessions of the first half leaving the score at Brockport 7, Wesley 3.

Wesley took the second half kickoff and ran a 9 play, 71 yard drive that ended with Ken Busch slamming in a 2 yard touchdown run. Carlton’s extra point put Wesley out in front 10-7.

On the next drive, Brockport stalled and attempted a 47 yard field goal that fell short.

Wesley continued to control the ball, and marched 70 yards in 11 plays to extend its lead to nine. Warrick found tight end Josh Kline in the endzone for a 6 yard touchdown. Carlton’s extra point went wide giving Wesley a 16-7 lead with 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Later in the fourth quarter, Hoffman made good on a 28 yard attempt, bringing the Eagles’ closer to the Wolverines at 16-10.

Wesley jumped right back as Nelson ran the ball 6 times for 38 yards on the following drive that ended when Warrick found wide out Jon Lanouette for a 16 yard touchdown strike. Nelson finished the scoring by taking a pitch to the outside for the two point conversion giving Wesley a commanding 24-10 lead with 3:30 left in the game.

After a short kickoff, the Eagles started with good field position on their own 45 yard line. As much as the last Wesley scoring drive was on the legs of Nelson, the Eagles were now flying on the arm of Darnley. Darnley completed 5 passes and rushed for 14 yards in finding his way to the endzone with a 14 yard completion to Maciewjewski. Hoffman’s kick was good to provide the final score of 24-17.

Wesley's Brian Bush had 12 tackles and 3 break ups. Wesley sacked Darnley three times in the game and had 9 tackles for loss on the day. Even though Wesley gave up 225 yards passing, the Wolverines allowed 55 rushing yards for Eagles. Wesley outgained the Eagles 424 to 280 and had 30 first downs on the day.

Joe Toombs (Newburgh/Marlboro) led the Golden Eagles with 18 tackles, including nine solo. Darnley finished 25 for 46 for 225 yards and two TDs. Mahoney had 10 catches for 97 yards.

SUNY Brockport is home for the final three games of the regular season. The Golden Eagles host Rowan next Saturday, October 30, at 1 p.m.