DeLand, Fla. - The NC Wesleyan College Football team got off to a great start leading 14-0 early but eventually fell 55-21 to FCS Div. 1 Stetson University on the road Saturday.
The Bishops got out to their two touchdown lead as sophomore WR Tyler Roberts caught a 21-yard Touchdown pass from senior QB Donielle Totten. On the first play of their next drive, junior RB Jeff Black then scampered 45 yards for a touchdown as the Bishops would lead 14-0 just 5 minutes into the game.
Unfortunately for Wesleyan, Stetson would then find their rhythm and score the next 38 points of the first half to lead 38-14 at halftime. The Hatters would add two more touchdowns in the third quarter before Wesleyan got back on the board with a 9 yard touchdown pass from Totten to senior tight end Ben Dorfman.
Wesleyan did gain 325 yards on offense with Totten throwing for 177 yards and 2 TDs while Irvin caught 6 balls for 93 yards and Roberts 2 for 61 yards. Senior RB Darian Curley rushed for 56 yards to lead the way on the ground as well.
Senior LB Antonio Johnson led the way defensively making 12 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble while senior safety Marcus Leggett had 9 tackles and six solo. Senior linebacker Isaiah Williams also recorded a sack and a pass breakup among his 5 tackles while junior CB Eddie Graham also made 7 tackles.
The Bishops fall to 1-2 with the defeat while Stetson improved to 3-1. Wesleyan begins conference play next week with a game at LaGrange College in Georgia at 1:00 on October 5.