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Pioneers Fall to West Virginia Wesleyan 37-50

Joe Mesadieu rushed for 176 yards against the West Virginia Wesleyan defense

Glenville, WV – On a perfect day for football and despite holding a 13-0 lead the Pioneers fell to the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats 37-50.

The Pioneers took a quick 6-0 lead in the first quarter off of two Colston Bayless field goals. The Pioneers then got on the scoreboard again when James Washington sacked the Bobcats quarterback Adam Neugebauer forcing a fumble as Gary Henderson scooped it up and returned it 15 yards as the Pioneers took a 13-0 lead with 7:07 left to play in the first quarter.

The Bobcats found the endzone as Neugebauer hit T.J. Benners for an 18 yard touchdown making it 13-7 late in the first quarter.

The Pioneers found the endzone with one minute left in the first quarter when Darold Hughes found Jordan Griffin in the endzone for a nine yard touchdown pass making it 20-7.

The Bobcats came right back and scored on a long Neugebauer pass to Jon Meadows for a 43 yard pitch and catch as Wesleyan only used 58 seconds to find the endzone making it 14-20.

The Pioneers couldn’t get anything going on their next drive as Darold Hughes was picked off by Jonas Celian as he took it 56 yards for the touchdown as Wesleyan took their first lead of the game 21-20 with 13:18 left to play in the second quarter.

The Pioneers would come right back as Kareem Alexander hauled off a 44 yard touchdown run putting the Pioneer back on top 27-21.

The Pioneers would push their  lead to  30-21 when Bayless hit a 23 yard field goal,  however the Bobcats came  right back as Neugebauer  connected with T.J. Benners again for a five yard touchdown pass as the  Bobcats made it 30-27 going into the half.

The start of the second half both of the  teams offense struggled as they both  punted on their first two possessions.

The Bobcats would tie it at 30 apiece when Phillip Warner hit a 21 yard field goal.

On the Pioneers kick return Jakharie Murphy would get hit hard at the Wesleyan 48 yard line and fumble as the Bobcats Melvin Tyler recovered the fumble at the Wesleyan 49 yard line.

The Bobcats would then drive 51 yards as Neugebauer would hit Aaron Lewis on a five yard touchdown pass making it 37-30.

The Pioneers offense would then stall as the Bobcats scored on two more Bobcats field goals making it 43-30.

The Pioneers would battle back and score on a one yard touchdown run by Darold Hughes making  it 37-43.

But the offense for the Bobcats would prove to be too much as Neugebauer would throw his fifth touchdown pass of the day hitting Brandon Hoffman on a six yard strike as the Bobcats would go on to win 50-37.

The Pioneer outgained the Bobcats on the ground 246 to 100 yards. The Pioneers were led by Joe Mesadieu as he rushed for 176 yards on 26 carries. Kareem Alexander also toted the ball five times for 50 yards and a touchdown run.

Darold Hughes went 16 for 33 with touchdown pass and two interceptions to lead the Pioneers passing attack.

Jordan Griffin was his favorite target hauling in seven catches for a game high 115 yards and a touchdown. Antwan Stewart caught two passes for 57 yards.

Nate Ingersoll led the defense with 11.5 total tackles and an interception. Terry Reese also played well racking up 7.5 total tackles on the day.

West Virginia Wesleyan was led by quarterback Adam Neugebauer as he went 33 for 51 for 370 yards and five touchdown passes and an interception.

Keith Dickens was his favorite target as he caught eight passes for 51 yards while Aaron Lewis hauled in seven balls for 78 yards and touchdown.

Dickens also led the Bobcats ground attack rushing 22 times for 90 yards.

Jesse Robertson led the defense with 6.5 tackles.

The Pioneer return to action next Saturday, October 29th as they travel to the University of Charleston for a WVIAC Conference match up. Kickoff is set for 1:00PM.

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