Three Big-Play TDs under the Direction of QB Jesse Warren '15 Spark Football Past Hamilton, 35-6
The Cardinals used big-play offense and a steady defense to roll to a 35-6 victory at Hamilton Sat., Sept. 28, to improved to 2-0 on the year for the second year in a row. Wesleyan picked up 414 yards of total offense, nearly evenly divided between the pass (203) and the run (211). Wesleyan will look to stay unbeaten this season Sat., Oct. 5 when the Cardinals host Colby in a game that will be both webcast
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Wesleyan took just one play after getting the ball back from Hamilton on a punt at the Cardinals' 34-yard line for its second possession of the contest to go ahead, 7-0. A play-action pass from Jesse Warren '15 (#2, left side photo) to Kevin Hughes '14 to the right side was completed shy of the Wesleyan 40. Hughes eluded a pair of Hamilton tacklers at midfield and raced up the sideline to the endzone to finish the 66-yard scoring play at 6:48. Warren went on to complete 14 of his 19 passes for 203 yards and three TDs. He has yet to throw an interception this season and has yet to be sacked.
The Cardinals scored twice on relatively short drives in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead at halftime. LaDarius Drew '15 (#14, photo upper right), who had 11 rushes for 96 yards on the day, capped a five-play, 41-yard drive following a nice 19-yard put return by Donnie Cimino '15. Cimino brought back four punts for 59 yards on the afternoon. Warren hit Jon Day '15 with a 16-yard strike over the middle to put Wesleyan at the Hamilton 25. From there, four Drew rushes covered the remaining distance with an eight-yard rush to the left accounting for the TD.
Lou Stevens '17 put the finishing touches on an eight-play, 58-yard march with 1:18 left before intermission for his first career TD. Stevens, who caught a three-yard pass for the score, had a stellar day off the bench with 12 carries for 85 yards, including a 51-yarder up the middle early the fourth quarter.
Wesleyan made it 28-0 three plays into the third period. Drew lost eight yards on two rushes after the Cardinals received the opening kickoff, then broke off left tackle and raced 76 yards for a TD at 13:20. Jay Fabien '15 (#80, photo lower right)made it 35-0 at 6:20 when he caught a Warren offering in the left side of the endzone, plucking the ball practically off the helmet of a Hamilton defender. Fabien finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards.
Wesleyan's defense forced two Hamilton turnovers, one an interception by Myers Beaird '14, which he returned 21 yards in the second quarter, leading to the third TD. Vincent Davis '15 forced a third-quarter fumble, recovered by Nik Powers '15, who led the squad with eight tackles.