Ephs blanked by Wesleyan 35-0

Ephs blanked by Wesleyan 35-0

MIDDLETOWN, CT– Host Wesleyan (6-2) got on the scoreboard with their first offensive possession and never looked back in downing Williams (5-3) 35-0.

The Cardinals, who have both the leading passer (Mark Piccirillo) and leading receiver (Mike Breuler) in the NESCAC, displayed their offensive skills on the first drive.

Wesleyan marched 73 yards on 14 plays in a drive that lasted 8:28 and ended with Piccirillo running two yards for a TD.

Throughout the first half, the Williams offense struggled. After allowing the initial touchdown, though, the Williams defense played strong for the rest of the half considering how much they were on the field.

The second Wesleyan touchdown came as the Cardinals capitalized on a Williams fumble. Wesleyan drove 57 yards on nine plays and Piccirillo scored his second 2-yard rushing TD to give Wesleyan a 14-0 lead.

Wesleyan's third TD of the first half also came after a Williams turnover. Ben Thaw intercepted a Bobby Maimaron pass at the Williams 46-yard line and the Cardinals' offense took over with just 39 seconds remaining in the half.

Piccirillo went to the air and his fourth completion of the drive resulted a 5-yard TD catch by Hallvard Lundevall, putting the Cardinals up 21-0 at the break.

Wesleyan tacked on two fourth quarter TDs, one through the air and one on the ground to make the final 35-0. Piccirillo tossed a 20-yard scoring strike to AJ Girard for the fourth TD in the game and then the Cardinals' Glenn Smith ran six yards with just under 11 minutes remaining for the game's final tally.

The Ephs generated just 127 yards in total offense on the day with 51 yards coming through the air.

Wesleyan gained 455 yards on the day with 272 through the air.

Eph LB Jarrett Wesner was the Ephs' top tackler on the day with 13 stops. Five of Wesner's tackles were solos and he assisted on one tackle for a loss. LB Brandon Morris led the Wesleyan defense with eight tackles (4 solos).

Wesleyan will close out their 2017 season with a road game versus Trinity next Saturday at noon, while the Ephs will host archrival Amherst in "The Biggest Little Game in America" in their season finale at noon on Farley-Lamb Field.


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