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Wesley College advances in NCAA playoffs with win at Johns Hopkins

Photo Credit: Denise Monaghan

Wesley College advances again in the NCAA Division III football playoffs.

The Wolverines held off previously unbeaten Johns Hopkins 42-37 in a second round contest in Baltimore Saturday.

Wesley led 42-24 in the fourth quarter before the Blue Jays rallied.  The Wolverines need a defensive stop on 4th and 1 at their own 13 yard line with just over a minute and a half to play to secure the victory.

Wesley overcame 4 turnovers and 8 penalties totaling 98 yards in the win - thanks to 469 yards passing and four touchdowns from senior quarterback Joe Callahan.  Junior wide receiver James Okike caught nine Callahan passes for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns while junior running back Jamar Baynard added 123 yards rushing and a score.

With Saturday's effort, Callahan set the NCAA Division III record for passing yards in a single season with 4,684.  That tops the old record of 4,595 yards set by Linfield's Brett Elliot in 2004.

The Wolverines will travel to face Mount Union in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Saturday.  The two have met in the playoffs in 3 of the last 4 years.  Mount Union beat Wesley each time, including 70-21 blow-out a year ago.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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