It hasn’t happened often over the past decade, but Wesley football enters 2016 as a bit of a underdog, according to the New Jersey Athletic Association coaches.
Wesley earned a league high five first place votes in the polling of the NJAC’s 10 head coaches, but finished second to fellow reigning co champion Salisbury in the overall points to determine the standings.
Salisbury defeated Wesley 38 35 to snap 10 game losing streak to the Wolverines.wholesale jerseys Wesley was able to run the rest of their schedule to earn a spot in the Division III Tournament, and when combined with Salisbury’s upset lost to Christopher Newport the week before, earned a share of the conference title.
Both teams reached the NCAA Tournament, with Wesley falling in the national quarterfinals to eventual champion Mount Union, while Salisbury fell in the opening round at Cortland State.
Wesley returns nine all conference players from their 8 1 NJAC team last year, including All American wide receiver Bryce Shade and linebacker Samer Manna.
Caesar Rodney WR Alex Kemp, Appoquinimink DB Andre Connally, and Middletown RB Jamar Baynard are back from the all conference team to give the Wolverines a Delaware flavor this fall.
After Salisbury and Wesley, both Frostburg State and Rowan received first place votes, with Frostburg State earning the title of “Dark Horse” for the second straight year.
Wesley begins their 2016 season by hosting non conference rival Delaware Valley on Friday, September 2 at 6pm inside Miller Stadium. They’ll open NJAC play the following Saturday at home against Frostburg State. The “Route 13 Rivalry” game with Salisbury is on the road on November 5.
2016 NJAC Coaches Poll (1st Place Votes)
1) Salisbury (3)2) Wesley (5)3) Frostburg State (1, Dark Horse)4) Rowan (1)5) Kean6) Montclair State7) Christopher Newport8) TCNJ9) William Paterson10) Southern Virginia