WHEELING, W. Va. — For the past two weekends, the Wheeling University football team (2-1, 1-1) opened conference play on the street, splitting the two competitions. On Saturday, they return home to face Glenville State as they try to continue their role. They are building a record-breaking performance against Alderson Broaddus as they attempt to break the 500 mark in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) game.
It was an offensive fight for the Cardinals last week as they set a new program record with 56 points in their first conference win of the season. After Alderson Broaddus took a 3-0 lead on their first drive of the game, the Cardinals took the lead with three touchdowns in the first quarter, giving them a 21-10 lead after the first 15 minutes of play. The offense kept rolling, scoring 14 points in both the second and third quarters, but Alderson Broaddus fought head-to-head with them and the score was 49-34 as the team headed into the fourth quarter. Wheeling would seal the deal with one Elijah Young Playing a 1-yard touchdown run at 2:02, making it a 56-34 advantage. The Battlers added another touchdown, but Wheeling won 56-41 and even their MEC record.
The running game again accelerated the Cardinals’ offense as they rushed for 224 total yards and four rushing touchdowns. It was the third straight game in which the offense landed more than 200 yards on the ground behind the offensive line push. Zay Lewis, Angel Figueroa, Cade Raudebaugh, Peter Smithand Justin Nelson. SyAlli IV accelerated the ground game, carrying the ball 24 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns. It was Alli’s second 100-yard game of the season and he now has 274 yards in his first three games and is sitting at 2,446 yards in his collegiate career. It took him just 54 rushing yards against Glenville State to become the first running back in school history to rush for 2,500 yards in a career.
It was also a big game for the passing game as a quarterback Javon Davis had his best game yet in a cardinal’s uniform. He ended up going 25-37 while throwing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wheeling’s great playing ability was immediately evident when Davis hit the wide receiver Chris Canaday for a 74-yard touchdown strike on the day’s third drive. It was the third straight game in which Canaday caught at least one touchdown pass and he currently sits second in the conference with three touchdowns. Lowell Patron was Davis’ number one goal as the two tied eight times for 172 yards and a touchdown. Patron was just five yards short of breaking the program record for single-game receiving yards, which he set in the game against Alderson Broaddus last season.
After their win on Sunday, the Cardinals are moving in a six-way tie for fourth place going into their week four matchup. Concord, Frostburg State and Notre Dame are at the top of the MEC, going 2-0 in their first two conference games, while Glenville State, West Liberty, Wheeling, West Virginia State, Charleston and UNC Pembroke are all tied in 1st quarters :1 pass . The Cardinals and Pioneers will battle to break the conference tie and struggle for positioning as the season progresses. It’s still early days and the Cardinals are trying to defy the 8th place they placed in the annual MEC Preseason Poll.
The Cardinals and Pioneers meet Saturday for the third time in program history, with the all-time streak tied at one win apiece. Each of the first two games of the series was played in Glenville, West Virginia, when the Pioneers visited Bishop Schmitt Field for the first time in program history. Wheeling has averaged 20.5 points per game over the past two meetings and comes to a 27-10 win in last season’s meeting.
Sy Alli led the rushing attack with 105 yards on the ground over 26 carries while a former Cardinal Ryan LaFollette hauled in seven catches for 62 yards. Former Cardinal Brennon Norris passed for a team-best 210 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The cardinal’s defense was led by the former cardinal Dalton Hooverwho finished the game with 13 total tackles while Brandon Munoz took the lead with two sacks.
Kick-off for Saturday’s competition is scheduled for midday at Bishop Schmitt Field. You can watch the game live by clicking HERElisten live on Fox Sports Wheeling or follow live stats by clicking on it HERE.