I am always impressed with how Wesley can pull things together in the second half. As with the Linfield game, the defense made some great adjustments to limit NCC's passing game. That was critical. The offense was always there. A tweak and Callahan's running ruined the NCC defense. If he hadn't fumbled when he did, Wesley would have gone up by 14 simply from the momentum that the offense generated. Just like the Johns Hopkins game, Callahan's cool head engineered yet another long ass drive with less than 2 minutes left. Simply amazing stuff. Time and time again.
It's an impressive come from behind win and gutsy 2 point conversion but I don't think it would be enough to win the Stagg Bowl. The problem is still the defense. UMU can outscore Wesley and UWW and MHBs lines can take control and run the clock like crazy and still put up big points.
I guess my main point is defense is still the main thing holding Wesley back. 49 points is a lot, even though they won.
Let me know if I'm crazy.
First of all, congrats on knocking NCC off yesterday. We might be the best 1-2 team in the country. Especially when you consider we're playing without our #1 RB who was averaging 9.2 yards per carry but who was lost for the season in the prior game, and are starting a freshman QB who is still closer to empty than full on the college level learning curve. Irregardless, that was a great last 2 minute drive and very gutsy 2 point conversion!
Wesley's problem, as I see it, is that North Central does not wear purple jerseys, and isn't UWW or Mt. Union. Yet, without their #1 RB, and with a freshman QB, NCC still scored 7 touchdowns.
Wesley's offensive, led by a great senior QB, hums. But, to match the purples, it appears some improvement is needed on the defensive end. Also, the Wolverines kick return teams don't seem to match their #5 ranking. There were at least 2 occasions yesterday where the KO returner should have taken a knee in the end zone. And the muffed punt near the end of the game almost did you in.
Overall, a great team that's at the top of the second tier. Just still a little space between the Wolverines and the very upper echelon.
It was great that both teams yesterday didn't have to settle for a nine game regular season. 😊