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Wesley College kicks-off new football season with a top 25 showdown

Wesley College opens its 2016 college football season Friday night

The Wolverines entertain Delaware Valley in a top 25 showdown at Miller Stadium in Dover.

Wesley is ranked 7th nationally in Division III while Del Val is #25 to start the season.

The Wolverines are beginning their quest for a 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid after reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals for the seventh straight time last year.

They’ll do so with a new quarterback. Nick Falkenberg takes over under center, replacing All-American Joe Callahan,  who is currently in the NFL trying to earn a spot on the Green Bay Packers’ roster.

Kick-off tonight in Dover is at 6 pm.   It will be Bob Andrus Night at the stadium, honoring the legendary former Wolverine head coach. Andrus guided Wesley in the 60's, 70's and 80's, establishing the team as a junior college powerhouse.  He then led the transition to a four-year college and NCAA Division III affiliate.

Andrus, a Delaware Sports Hall of Famer, died last November at age 90.

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.