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Wesleyan drops season finale to Methodist

Posted on November 14, 2021

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N.C. Wesleyan senior wide receiver and kickoff returner Kevin Alford runs with the ball during the Battlin' Bishops' 38-7 road loss to Methodist on Saturday.

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N.C. Wesleyan senior wide receiver and kickoff returner Kevin Alford runs with the ball during the Battlin' Bishops' 38-7 road loss to Methodist on Saturday.

FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wesleyan College football team fell 38-7 on the road at Methodist University on Saturday evening in its season finale.

With the loss, the Bishops finish 4-4 in the USA South Conference and in a tie for fourth place while finishing 4-6 overall.

After MU got on the board first in the first quarter with a 50-yard Touchdown pass, the Bishops came right back in the second quarter to tie the game with a 33-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Trevon Crank that completed a six-play, 80-yard drive.

Methodist (7-2), however, would then add another touchdown and field goal late in the second quarter to go into the break up 17-7.

MU then thew a 70-yard TD pass in the third quarter to increase its lead to 17 points before adding two rushing touchdowns in the fourth for the win to finish in second place in the conference.

Wesleyan totaled 413 yards of offense and 19 first downs while rushing for 295 yards on the ground led by junior RB Anthony Byrd’s career-high of 189 yards, an average of 8.6 yards per carry. Crank also rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries.

The freshman quarterback tandem of Chaz Hirschman and Zachary Marquis combined to throw for 118 yards on seven completions led by senior wide receiver Trey Blackwell’s three catches for 43 yards. Senior WR Kevin Alford also caught two balls for 25 yards and totaled 140 yards in kick returns, including a long of 55 yards in his final game.

Defensively, Korey Hunter made five tackles and returned an interception for 21 yards, while junior saftey R.J. Carter led the team with seven solo tackles and 12 overall.

Sophomore cornerback Benyon Williams also made seven tackles, while linebackers Charles Sias and Nick Burns combined for seven tackles and two tackles for losses. Junior nose tackle Noah Roberson also forced a fumble and made four tackles.

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