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at Wesleyan 49, Trinity 35

Saturday, November 14, 1998 at Middletown, Conn.

GAME NOTES

Senior tailback Tom Themistocles became the Wesleyan single-season rushing leader when he rolled up 145 yards on 31 carries and scored three TDs, leading Wesleyan (6-2) to a 49-35 victory over Trinity (2-6) in the season finale for both teams. Themistocles ended the year with 871 yards, two better than Dave Cottrell, who graduated in 1995. For the year, Themistocles had six 100-plus-yard games, including five in a row to end the season, tying a team record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games. His three TDs also tied him for the Wesleyan seasonal figure of 13.

Wesleyan junior QB Jake Fay, completing 12 of 25 passes for 265 yards, added three TD passes to his totals, giving him 16 for the year, one short of the team mark, and 38 in his career, a Wesleyan record. Junior Matt Perceval caught two of the TDs, giving him a Wesleyan record 14 on the season and 23 in his career, also a team standard.

After falling behind 27-6 early in the second quarter, Trinity, behind the passing of junior QB Gregg Wysocki, pulled to within a TD twice, the last coming at 5:10 of the third quarter when Steve Cella raced 88 yards for a TD on a kickoff, making the score 34-27. Wysocki completed 19 of 34 passes for 338 yards and four TDs, with junior tight end Sean Furey on the receiving end of nine passes for 183 yards and two scores. Wesleyan scored the next two TDs, on a 16-yard Themistocles run and a 45-yard Perceval catch, to put the game away with 5:40 to play, 49-27. Sean Furey's 23-yard reception with 27 seconds to play ended the scoring.

For the year, Wesleyan set team records for total offense with 3,386 yards (423 a game) and 289 points (36 per game).

SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Trinity (2-6) 6 7 14 8 - 35
Wesleyan (6-2) 13 14 15 7 - 49

1st Quarter 
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 32 pass from Jake Fay (kick blocked) 13:36 (3-play, 38-yard drive)
Trinity - J.R. Faget 50 pass from Gregg Wysocki (no kick, bad snap) 10:06 (7-play, 73-yard drive)
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles 1 run (Curt Younkin kick) 3:22 (6-play, 59-yard drive) 

2nd Quarter 
Wesleyan - George Thompson 20 pass from Jake Fay (Curt Younkin kick) 14:53 (2-play, 20-yard drive)
Wesleyan - John Pascucci 2 run (Curt Younkin kick) 8:51 (8-play, 60-yard drive)
Trinity - J.R. Faget 33 pass from Gregg Wysocki (Andy Reimer kick) 0:10 (1-play, 33-yard drive) 

3rd Quarter 
Trinity - Sean Furey 45 pass from Gregg Wysocki (Andy Reimer kick) 8:23 (3-yard, 55-play drive)
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles 15 run (Curt Younkin kick) 5:26 (3-play, 84-yard drive)
Trinity - Steve Cella 88 kickoff return (Andy Reimer kick) 5:10
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles 16 run (Mark Schofield run) 3:38 (7-play, 65-yard drive)

4th Quarter
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 45 pass from Jake Fay (Brian Walker kick) 5:40 (3-play, 53-yard drive)
Trinity - Sean Furey 23 pass from Gregg Wysocki (Steve Cella run) 0:27 (5-play, 56-yard drive)

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN TRINITY
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 21 (8-11-2) 20 (6-13-1)
Rushing Attempts 43 41
Positive Yards Rushing 179 184
Negative Yards Rushing 33 42
Net Total Yards Rushing 146 142
Net Total Yards Passing 293 338
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 27-13-1 34-19-2
Total Offensive Plays 70 75
Total Net Yards 439 480
Average Gain Per Play 6.3 6.3
Penalties: Number-Yards 3-40 8-60
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-0 3-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 2-16 1-35
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 7-225-32.1 5-128-25.6
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 1-21 4-22
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 4-59 8-204
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards   0-0 0-0
Time of Possession 28:06 31:54
Third-Down Conversions 9 of 16 2 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 2 of 5
Sacks by: Number-Yards   5-25 3-13

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Trinity - Matt Gjerulff, 11-90; Sherman Francis, 8-38; Gregg Wysocki, 13-11; Mike Ladd, 4-11; Steve Cella, 4-3; J.R. Faget, 1-(-11). Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 31-145, 3 TDs; John Pascucci, 5-14, 1 TD; Nate Moore, 1-(-1); Jake Fay, 4-(-3); Rahsaan Wareham, 1-(-4); Mark Schofield, 1-(-5).

PASSING: Trinity - Gregg Wysocki, 34-19-2, 338 yards, 4 TDs. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 25-12-1, 265 yards, 3 TDs; Tom Themistocles, 1-1-0, 28 yards; Mark Schofield, 1-0-0.

RECEIVING: Trinity - Sean Furey, 9-183, 2 TDs; J.R. Faget, 4-121, 2 TDs; Mike Ladd, 3-10; Steve Cella, 2-16; Jay Wright, 1-8. Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 4-106, 2 TDs; Nate Moore, 4-71; George Thompson, 3-86, 1 TD; Henry Wasserman, 1-28; John Pascucci, 1-2.

PUNTING: Trinity - Gregg Wysocki, 4-126, 31.5 average; Team, 1-2. Wesleyan - Mark Olshefskie, 7-225, 32.1 average.

Attendance: 2,800