Football returns to Bishop Schmitt Field to face West Virginia Wesleyan

Wheeling, W. Va. – The Wheeling University football team (2-2, 2-1) has been on a roll lately and is picking up momentum at Bishop Schmitt Field on Saturday when they prepare to face West Virginia Wesleyan at 2 afternoon hours. Behind the work of his strong defense, Wheeling has won back-to-back wins as his offense sent the ball efficiently through the air.

In their last two games, Wheeling has amassed 505 yards in the air as the veteran receivers make their presence felt. Leading the way was senior Ryan lafollette (Woodsfield, OH./Monroe Central), who has four TDs in his last two games. He was targeted seven or more times in those two games and was a big target for Wheeling’s quarterbacks. Senior Lowell’s boss (Newport News, Virginia) followed behind him with two touchdowns and 236 yards in his last two games.

The Cardinals also got a boost from redshirt’s freshman year Brennon Norris (Wintersville, OH./Indian Creek), which got its first start of the year last week. Him and his colleague quarterback Trent Jackson (Stevensville, MD / Kent Island) took turns leading the offense, and Norris had a big day against Glenville State, throwing for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the 27-10 win over the Pioneers.

However, the driving force behind Wheeling’s success this season has been their defense play. As a unit, the Cardinals are second in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in points allowed, with 63, just behind the University of Charleston’s 43 mark. Dalton hoover, who ranks fifth at the MEC with 31 tackles this season. Wheeling has allowed just two touchdowns in his last two games and seems to continue to give his offensives scoring opportunities.

Coming on Saturday, Wheeling is tied for third in the conference with West Liberty, UNC Pembroke and the University of Charleston at 2-1. They are just one game away from Notre Dame College and Frostburg State for first place in the conference and hope to continue their momentum at home against West Virginia Wesleyan.

The match-up

There has only been one clash between these two teams in Wheeling’s short history as a football program. That match returned on September 28, 2019, in a game Wheeling would lose 33-19. However, Saturday will mark West Virginia Wesleyan’s first trip to Bishop Schmitt Field, and the Cardinals hope to turn the tide on their home turf.

In that opener it was the Cardinals who got on the board first, but Wesleyan put the game out of reach scoring 20 points in the second quarter. Wheeling added two more touchdowns that day but it wasn’t enough as they lost 33-19. Jake keenan led the receiving body in the game with six catches for 111 yards and one touchdown in loss. Former Cardinal Tucker Strachan moved the ball well, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns to go with three interceptions.

The details

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2 p.m. at Bishop Schmitt Stadium. You can watch the match live by clicking HERE or follow live statistics by clicking on HERE.

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