Jackson Scores Four in Win
DOVER, Del. - Wesley College's Aaron Jackson (New Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) tallied 260 total yards and scored four touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Wolverines dispatched Webber International 34-7 on Family Day.
Jackson rushed for 173 yards and three scores and added a fourth touchdown and 87 yards receiving in the game.
He rushed for 31 of Wesley's 46 yards on the Wolverines' (7-0) on their opening possession, including a 20 yard touchdown to give Wesley a 6-0 lead.
Mike Ward (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) forced a Torrence Moise fumble on the Warriors next possession and Chris Mayes (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) dove on it to give Wesley the ball at the Webber 35. On the third play of the drive, Shane McSweeny (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) found Ellis Krout (Dallas, Texas/Roosevelt) for a 14-yard score and a 13-0 lead with 6:50 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors (1-6) cut the lead in half with a 12-play, 82-yard drive capped by a deflected pass from Moise that landed in the arms of Andre Edwards for a 14 yard score with just over a minute left in the first quarter.
Neither team scored in the second period as the squads went into halftime with Wesley ahead 13-7.
The Wolverines wasted no time getting on the board in the third quarter, as Jackson turned a screen pass from McSweeny into a 63-yard touchdown, cutting back at the Webber 20 to finish off the run.
The two teams then traded punts, the second of which John Smicklo (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) sent 50 yards to the Webber four yardline. The Warriors only moved the ball out to the eight and after another punt, the Wolverines took over in Webber territory at the 48. It was Jackson again, this time on a one-yard plunge to give Wesley a 27-7 lead midway through the third.
In the fourth quarter, Mayes tipped a Moise pass into the hands of Mike Asiedu (Yonkers, N.Y./Gorton) who returned the interception 21 yards to the Warrior 14. Jackson needed just two carries, the first for 13 yards and the next another one yard plunge to give Wesley its final touchdown, his fourth of the day, and a 34-7 lead.
Wesley outgained Webber 405-199 and limited the Warriors to just 48 yards on 30 rushes. The Wolverines, meanwhile, rushed for 280 yards in the contest.
Windy conditions at Scott D. Miller Stadium limited the passing games for both teams somewhat as McSweeny finished with 159 yards through the air and added 43 more rushing on 12 carries. Webber's Moise, meanwhile, was just held to 151 yards through the air.
Defensively, Ward led the Wolverines with eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. Asiedu and Zach Johnson (Marydel, Md./North Caroline) added seven stops apiece. Asiedu also intercepted a pass, broke up another and had a tackle for loss. Mayes forced a fumble, recovered another and had 1.5 tackles for loss. Carlos James (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) registered two stops in the backfield, including a sack and also recovered a fumble.
All of the defense led to a rough day for Webber's top two tailbacks, Taylor Atwood and Rupert Webley, who combined for 11 carries for 17 yards.
Keon Frazier and Logan Skjefte led Webber with six tackles apiece.
Wesley stays home to face Route 13 rival Salisbury on Halloween. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.
- Jackson is the first Wolverine to score four touchdowns in a game since Michael Clarke scored four times against Dickinson in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.
- With four touchdowns in the game, Jackson now has 27 career scores, good for sixth in the school record book.
- His touchdown reception was the first of his career.
- Jackson moved into fourth place all-time at Wesley with 26 rushing touchdowns.
- With 10 completions, Shane McSweeny tied Paul Findeisen four fifth in the Wesley record book with 236 career completions.
- With two touchdown passes, he moved into fourth place with 39, passing Rick Renshaw's 38.
- Krout's touchdown reception was his 13th of the season. He is just three short of Wesley's single season record and has already moved into the top 10 of career touchdown receptions, tying Josh Kline for 10th.
- Ward ended the game with 29.5 career tackles for loss, tying Sean Matthews for sixth in the record book.
- The defense registered two more interceptions and now has 14 after just 10 all of last season.
- Webber's first half touchdown was the first allowed all year by the Wesley defense.
- The Wolverines have outscored the opposition 132-10 through the first two quarters of play during the first seven games and 208-17 entering the fourth quarter.
- Wesley entered the game fourth in Division III in scoring defense allowing 7.0 points per game and allowed exactly that many.