Week 4 Preview: Wesleyan at Bates

Week 4 Preview: Wesleyan at Bates

WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO (courtesy of GKess Films)

The Wesleyan University football team will look to extend its winning streak Saturday when the Cardinals head back to Maine to face Bates College in Week 4 action at Garcelon Field.

After dropping a difficult road game against Tufts in the season-opener, Wesleyan has responded nicely with wins of 34-6 and 37-6 over Hamilton and Colby, respectively. The Cardinals' offense totaled over 500 yards in each game, while holding Hamilton to 180 yards and the Mules to 201.

Last week, the Cardinals scored the first 30 points of the game en route to the decisive victory, and were led by senior wide receiver Devon Carrillo who rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another. His lone pass of the game went 48 yards for a score to junior wide receiver Mike Breuler. Mark Piccirillo '19 went 13-of-20 for 127 passing yards and also led all rushers with 109 on the ground on just six carries, including a 48-yard touchdown. Lou Stevens '17 added 93 yards on 11 carries as the Cardinals amassed 285 total yards rushing. Defensively, Wesleyan picked off Colby quarterback Christian Sparacio once and sacked him three times as Brandon Morris '19 led the way with nine tackles (7 solo; 2 assists), one sack for a loss of 18 yards, and one forced fumble.

After back-to-back road losses against Trinity (38-7) and Tufts (12-7), Bates won its first game of the year last week with a 29-17 win over Williams. Frank Williams led the Bobcats with nine catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Entering the game, the junior had 214 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in his entire career. On the defensive side of the ball, Bates recorded seven sacks and held Williams to 207 yards of total offense.

Wesleyan has a commanding lead in the all-time series and is 30-4 against the Bobcats, having won 10 straight. Bates' last defeated the Cardinals in 2005, 30-29 in overtime. Last year, the Cardinals trailed 6-0 after the first quarter but rallied to defeat the Bobcats at home, 24-16. Wesleyan totaled 447 yards of offense and registered 24 first downs, while holding Bates to 308 yards of offense and 14 first downs. The Cardinals also held a commanding 39:14-to-20:46 edge in time of possession, and were led by Stevens who rushed 12 times for 117 yards and gained 49 yards receiving on two catches, including a 37-yard score. Quarterback Gernald Hawkins '18 went 21-of-31 for 228 yards (2 TD, 2 INT), while Breuler led the receiving corps with nine receptions, 65 yards and one TD. For Bates, quarterback Patrick Dugan went 14-of-30 for 204 yards (1 TD, 1 INT), Williams rushed for a team-high 54 yards on five carries, and Lani Eversage caught three passes for a team-high 59 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Through three weeks, Wesleyan leads the NESCAC in time of possession per game (33:28), rushing touchdowns (8), third-down % (46%) and kick return average (26.5). The Cardinals also rank second in yards per game (447.0), rushing yards per game (226.3), yards per rush (5.9), rushing first downs (30), passing first downs (30), fourth-down % (67%), scoring defense (9.7 ppg), yards per game allowed (213.3), passing yards per game allowed (140.3) and rushing yards per game allowed (73.0).

Bates is sixth in the league in scoring (14.3 ppg) and yards per game (265.0), while ranking last in passing yards per game (102.0). However, the Bobcats are the least penalized team in the league with just 12 flags through three games. Defensively, they rank sixth in scoring defense (22.3 ppg) and yards per game allowed (312.0), but lead the NESCAC in passing yards per game allowed (120.3) and their 11 sacks are third-best.


BY THE NUMBERS

Team Stats

 

Wesleyan

Bates

Points Per Game

28.3

14.3

Points Per Game Allowed

9.7

22.3

Offensive Yards Per Game

447.0

265.0

Passing Yards Per Game

220.7

102.0

Rushing Yards Per Game

226.3

163.0

Yards Allowed Per Game

213.3

312.0

Passing Yards Allowed Per Game

140.3

120.3

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

73.0

191.7


Individual Stats

 

Wesleyan

Bates

Passing Leaders

Mark Piccirillo (509 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)

Sandy Plashkes (306 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT)

 

Gernald Hawkins (105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)

N/A

Rushing Leaders

Mark Piccirillo (197 yards, 3 TD)

Peter Boyer (154 yards, 0 TD)

 

Lou Stevens (154 yards, 0 TD)

Sandy Plashkes (108 yards, 0 TD)

Receiving Leaders

Mike Breuler (225 yards, 1 TD)

Frank Williams (236 yards, 3 TD)

 

Eric Meyreles (79 yards, 0 TD)

Brian Daly (46 yards, 1 TD)

Defensive Leaders

Shayne Kaminski (20 tackles, 1.5 TFL)

Mark Upton (39 tackles, 2 sacks)

 

Brandon Morris (19 tackles, 1 sack)

Joe Frake (23 tackles, 1 INT)