Wesley comes from behind for 19-13 overtime win in Route 13 Rivalry over No. 18/21 Salisbury

Photo by Angela Benefield
Photo by Angela Benefield

SALISBURY, Md. – The Wesley College football team overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat their Route 13 rivals the No. 18/21 Salisbury Sea Gulls. 19-13 in overtime in a brisk, windy Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

Trailing 13-0 after the halftime break, Wesley got on the board in the middle of the third quarter. Khaaliq Burroughs found Corterris Simpson on a inside slant route. Simpson outran the coverage for an 83-yard touchdown reception. It was the longest play from scrimmage for Wesley this season.

The defense stood tall in the second half, stopping the Salisbury option attack and giving Wesley a chance to tie or take the lead. Wesley forced five punts and only allowed one first down before the game-tying drive.

Wesley got into the Salisbury end of the field behind a 37-yard screen pass to E.J. Lee. The Salisbury defense forced a long third-down play with 1:32 left in regulation. Facing a 3rd-and-19 play, Burroughs completed a seam up the middle to Alex Kemp for a 28-yard completion to give Wesley the first down.

The following play, Burroughs threw a jump ball in the back of the end zone. Ruhann Peele reeled in the pass and fought off the Salisbury corner for the five-yard touchdown catch with 1:01 left in regulation. The extra point was blocked to keep the game tied at 13.

On the ensuing kickoff, Raquon Green forced a fumble on the return and the ball was recovered by Jay Holmes on the Salisbury 45-yard line. Burroughs took a shot on the next play, but his pass was intercepted to keep the game tied and force overtime.

Wesley got the ball first in the overtime period and was able to get down to the one-yard line. On the third down play, Burroughs was stopped at the line of scrimmage. After the play, Burroughs hurried the offense to the line and was able sneak into the end zone off the guard. Bruhn's extra point was blocked to give Wesley the 19-13 lead in the first overtime.

Salisbury drove inside the 10-yard line on their possession of the game. On the fourth-down play, Frank Pipich's pass into the end zone was broken up by Cappadonna Miller and Coray Williams to spoil Salisbury's regular season home finale.

The Wesley defense was stout the entire game. The defense limited the best rushing offense in the nation to 193 yards on the ground and 201 yards of total offense. In the second half and the overtime, Salisbury was held to 57 yards of offense and three first downs.

The defense was led by Nazir Williams, Camal Brown and Cappadonna Miller. Williams collected a team-high 12 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss. Brown split a sack with Will Scott and notched 10 tackles. Miller made eight stops from the safety position.

The offense had 402 yards of total offense. Khaaliq Burroughs had a rough day through the air, throwing five interceptions, but made plays count went the team needed him. Burroughs went 25-for-36 for 303 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.

Corterris Simpson had his first career 100-plus yard receiving game, leading the Wesley passing attack with 114 receiving yards on four catches and a touchdown. Ruhann Peele recorded five catches for 29 yards and a score. Alex Kemp registered four catches for 52 yards.

E.J. Lee combined for 129 yards of total offense. He caught eight passes out of the backfield for 69 yards and added 60 yards on the ground on 16 carries.

Wesley (6-3, 5-3 NJAC) will wrap up the 2018 regular season next Saturday at Newport News, Va. when they take on the Christopher Newport Captains. Kickoff from POMOCO Stadium is set for 1 p.m.