Football Earns Second Consecutive Winning Season, Wins 45-25 over Wesleyan on Senior Day

After topping W.Va. Wesleyan 45-25, State finishes with their second consecutive winning season.

Wesleyan took an early 6-0 lead after Kenny Lewis Jr. hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Luke Casey.

Dant’e Jones put State on the scoreboard with a 30-yard touchdown run, and then Dakota Booth scored a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Faustino Saucedo to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 14-6.

Elijah Nelson scored for Wesleyan after catching a 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Vinson, bringing Wesleyan within two, down 14-12, after the two-point conversion attempt failed.

Jones scored his second of the day for State, this time from 21 yards out putting State ahead 21-12.

Sterling Dewdney hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Vinson, bringing Wesleyan within three down 21-18 after the two-point conversion failed.

Kicker Aaron Ball closed out the first half with a 26-yard field goal pushing State’s lead too 24-18 heading into the halftime break.

Saucedo started the second half off with a 3-yard touchdown run, putting State ahead 31-18 early in the third quarter.

Dewdney scored his second of the day for Wesleyan, this time from 39-yards out, bringing Wesleyan within six.

Dylan Lucas scored for State from 1-yard out putting State ahead 38-25, and A.J. Barrette closed out the day with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Saucedo, setting the final score of 45-25.

Saucedo went 18 for 30 on his passing attempts, for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Carl Garmon outgained Wesleyan with 202 rushing yards, on 22 carries. Dant’e Jones also went for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

A.J. Barrette led state with six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown, while Tyrell Henderson had seven catches for 59 yards.

State finishes 6-5 overall on the season, while going 5-5 in MEC play, for the second consecutive winning season, giving Head Coach John Pennington two winning seasons, in two seasons as Head Coach. State wound up fifth in the final MEC Standings. Wesleyan finishes 1-10 overall, and last in the MEC.

About Noah Fulks

Noah Fulks is sports editor of the YJ. He is a member of the State men’s tennis team, and a huge fan of the women’s tennis team. He leads the YJ sports staff in reporting about all State sports team.
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