The West Virginia Wesleyan football team came into Saturday's game against Urbana University in a position it's not too familiar with. At 0-1 in the conference and 1-3 overall, the Bobcats were facing a must-win situation.
The Blue Knights are a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and entered the game with Wesleyan with a 3-1 overall record.
Bobcats senior Quarterback Nate Montana began the game where he left off last Saturday. Montana threw four touchdown passes in Wesleyan's first win of the season last Saturday over Seton Hill. Montana led the Bobcats down the field on the opening drive, finding NyQuan McGirt on a screen pass for a 32-yard score.
Soon after, the Bobcats added a field goal off a Jonas Celian interception at midfield. Wesleyan took the early 10-0 advantage in the first quarter.
The Bobcats tacked on another field goal late in the second quarter to go up 13-0 at the half.
The second half began the same. Montana tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Lavaughn Hughes from 19 yards out. Wesleyan extended its lead to 20-0.
On the ensuing drive, Urbana quarterback D.J. Mendenhall drove the Blue Knights 85 yards down the field, resulting in a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeffvon Gill. The score cut Wesleyan's deficit to 20-7.
Following a three-and-out, the Bobcats were forced to punt. Mendenhall then went back to work, capping off another picture-perfect drive down the field. This time, Mendenhall drove 78 yards down the field, finding Nate Wilburn-Ogletree for another touchdown. The Blue Knights were inching dangerously close to the Bobcats, now cutting the deficit to within one score, 20-14.
Wesleyan fired back in the fourth quarter. Bobcats' Cornerback Jermichael Kelly intercepted Mendenhall on a momentum-swinging drive. Kelly brought it back for a touchdown and after a failed two-point conversion, Wesleyan added insurance to build a 26-14 lead.
Montana fired his third touchdown pass late in the game to Chase Blackwell, giving the Bobcats the 33-14 advantage. Urbana later added another touchdown, but the game was well out of reach at that point.
West Virginia Wesleyan held on to tally its second win of the season by the final score of 33-21.
Wesleyan has now won back-to-back games this season and it seems as though Nate Montana is finally finding his groove within the offense. The Bobcats will be tested this week as they travel to the eastern panhandle to take on Shepherd. Kickoff is set for Noon on Saturday.