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Montana Has Career Day, Wesleyan Notches First Win Of Season in 41-17 Blowout

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BUCKHANNON -

If there were ever a time considered being a must-win, then Saturday presented the best possible opportunity for the West Virginia Wesleyan football team to notch its first win of the season.

The Bobcats entered Saturday's contest with Seton Hill tied for last place in the WVIAC with a 0-3 overall record.

They exited the game against the Griffins feeling much more confident about the direction of the season.

Seton Hill also began the day in a last place tie with Wesleyan and Fairmont State in the conference.

Nate Montana and the Wesleyan offense marched right down the field in its opening possession of the game. After a failed third down conversion deep in Seton Hill territory, Kasper Bernild came on to complete a field goal try. The Griffins defense came up with a huge block at the line, resulting in a wasted drive for the Bobcats.

After a three and out from both teams, Seton Hill began a drive of its own. Griffins quarterback Ryan Morris connected with D.J. Carter for a monumental gain down the field. Then Morris followed that up with a 23-yard fade pass into the end zone where Niko Hall-Brown came down with it. A successful two-point conversion gave the Griffins the early 8-0 lead.

However, the Bobcats caught their big break in the second quarter.

The Griffins took over deep in their own territory when Morris was tackled in the back field, coughing up the football. All-American defensive end Jonas Celian picked up the ball and brought it back for a touchdown. Wesleyan cut the deficit to 8-7 with 13:05 remaining in the second quarter.

Then Nate Montana began to pick apart the Seton Hill secondary.

Montana connected with Nyme Manns for two consecutive touchdown passes, one from six yards out and the other from three yards, respectively.

The Griffins tacked on a 35-yard field goal right before the half. But Wesleyan still took a 21-11 advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, the Bobcats started right where they left off. After a Seton Hill touchdown, Montana found Chase Blackwell for a three-yard touchdown pass, making it 28-17.

Then Bernild connected on consecutive field goals from 23 and 42 yards out, respectively. The Bobcats held a 34-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Montana capped off his career day with another touchdown pass to Blackwell, this time for 42 yards. Wesleyan took the 41-17 lead and won it by that very same score.

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Bobcats quarterback Nate Montana was by far the player of the game, throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns.

The Bobcats have been waiting for Montana to have a break out performance like this all season. Wesleyan will be looking to take the momentum into a home game next Saturday with out-of-conference foe Urbana University out of Ohio. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Ross Field in Buckhannon.