Football Breaks Records
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Posted on September 10, 2018
It was a record performance by the Kansas Wesleyan Football team in Saturday's home opener against the Friends University Falcons on Bissell Field at the Graves Family Sports Complex. The Coyotes set several new records en route to an 83-0 win over the Falcons.
With a national audience tuning in as the game was broadcast on ESPN3, the Coyotes did not disappoint. KWU set several new records in the game. The 83 points is a new single game scoring record for the team, eclipsing the previous record of 72 set in 2010 against Southwestern. The Coyotes scored 69 first half points, setting a new record for points in a half, aided by a new record for points in a quarter with 35 in tonight's second stanza. KWU also set new records for margin of victory and largest shut out.
Rashaan Broomfield (JR/Weed, Calif.)'s second quarter 97-yard interception return for a touchdown is also believed to be the longest interception returned for a touchdown in school history.
The defense got things rolling for the Coyotes. On the second drive by Friends, quarterback Dan Dawdy mishandled a snap and Mitch Persinger (SR/Hugoton, Kan.) recovered and scored from 24 yards out to get the Coyotes on the board with 11:54 to go in the first quarter.
Wesleyan's defense stepped up again on the following drive as Scott Helsper (SO/Coeur D'Alene, Idaho) picked off a pass setting up Johnny Feauto (JR/Boulder, Colo.)'s 39-yard touchdown pass to Trenton Poe-Evans (JR/Needles, Calif.) on the first play after the pick to put the Coyotes up 14-0 with 10:57 to go.
After a Friends punt, the Coyotes needed only six plays to cover 57 yards to the end zone again, the last 44 on a run by Feauto to make it 20-0 with 7:36 left in the first. Wesleyan needed only three plays on its next drive as Feauto hit Charlie Simmons (SO/Saint Johns, Fla.) from 29 yards out to put the Coyotes up 27-0 with 3:07 to go. The scoring play was set up by Feauto's pass to Johnny Carmack (JR/Santa Clara, Calif.) for 45 yards.
Wesleyan's next drive only needed one play to cover 60 yards as Feauto hit Carmack down the middle of the field behind the defender to make it 34-0 with 1:14 to go in the first.
Friends drove to the KWU 11 on its next drive, and under pressure quarterback Colt Smith threw a ball to the left side that was picked off by Broomfield at the KWU 3 and he would go 97 yards the other way with 12:26 left in the half giving KWU a 41-0 lead after the kick by Jhonatan Morales (SO/LaBelle, Fla.).
Special teams yielded Wesleyan's next score. Poe-Evans seemingly unexpectedly fielded the punt at the 50 yard line and would return it down the sideline for the score with 11:15 to go. It was the first punt return touchdown for the Coyotes since Marc Cressman's 55-yard return in 2001.
Tim Arno (JR/Canton, Idaho) would reel in a ball from Feauto for 53 yards on KWU's next drive, but after a penalty, Feauto hit Poe-Evans for a second scoring catch with 8:37 left making it 55-0.
The Coyotes added two more scores in the quarter, a nine-yard run by Demarco Prewitt (JR/Menifee, Calif.) and a 33-yard pass from Feauto to Simmons to round out the scoring in the half. The 69 points scored in the first 30 minutes also set a new single game scoring record at the Graves Family Sports Complex, eclipsing the previous record of 63.
Wesleyan opened the third quarter with the ball, and slowed things down a bit, using nearly seven minutes to go 85 yards in 14 plays capped by a two-yard run by Ferguson with 8:19 to go. The Coyotes capped the scoring on their next drive.
Kobee McCorkle (SR/Needles, Calif.) broke free on a third down play getting tackled just outside the goal line and on the next play, the senior dove in for the score with 5:01 left in the quarter.
Wesleyan racked up 591 yards of total offense in the game. Feauto was 10-of-15 passing for 324 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, as he did not see the field in the second half. He added another 30 yards on the ground on two carries including the touchdown run. Wesley Geisler (SR/Leander, Texas) was 3-for-3 for 19 yards and Chasen Gempeler (SR/Temecula, Calif.) was 1-of-3 for 13 yards.
McCorkle finished as Wesleyan's leading rusher with 62 yards on three carries as 14 different players had at least one carry in the game as KWU finished with 235 yards rushing. Carmack led the receivers with 105 yards on two catches while Simmons had three for 80 with two touchdowns and Poe-Evans had three for 71 and a pair of scores. Eight different players had catches.
Warren Singletary (JR/Hawkinsville, Ga.) led the Coyote defense with six tackles while Jasper Chavez (JR/Rosemead, Calif.), Charles Barnes, and Pierce Williams (SR/Euless, Texas) had five each. Richard Ortega (JR/Montebello, Calif.) and Connor Shindoll (SO/Centennial, Colo.) had sacks. Bryan Pascual (SR/Stockton, Calif.), Broomfield and Helsper had interceptions.
The Coyote are back on the road next week, heading to Sterling to take on the No. 17 ranked Warriors at 6 p.m. at Smisor Stadium. KWU is back home on September 22 hosting Ottawa.