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WVC football: Montana passes Wesleyan to first win

Nate Montana passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns as West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its first win of the season with a 41-17 victory over visiting Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon in Buckhannon.

The Griffins took an 8-0 lead with 4:45 to play in the first quarter when Ryan Morris connected with Niko Hall-Brown for a 23-yard touchdown strike. Josh Cavalier ran it in for the 8-0 margin.

The Bobcats fought back for a 21-8 lead by scoring three TDs in the second quarter.

Jonas Celian picked up a fumble and rumbled into the end zone, Montana hit Nyme Manns for a 6-yard score and Montana completed a pass to Manns for another score with 23 seconds to play before half.

The Griffins closed to 21-17 when Morris connected with Hall-Brown for a 19-yard TD pass. Wesleyan scored 20 unanswered points to close out the victory as Montana fired his third scoring toss when he hit Chase Blackwell from 3 yards out with 3:26 to play in the game.

Kasper Bernild connected on two fourth quarter field goals (23 yards and 42 yards) before Montana and Blackwell hooked up again for another TD with 4:26 to play to complete the scoring.

Lavaughn Hughes caught eight passes for 115 yards for the Bobcats.

Seton Hill's Morris threw for 215 yards while Hall-Brown hauled in 10 passes for 98 yards and two TDs.


  • FAIRMONT STATE 25, WEST LIBERTY 20: The Falcons needed a TD in the final minutes to secure the win over the visiting Hilltoppers.

    West Liberty took the lead just 1:16 into the third quarter when Jovontae Johnson returned a fumble 22 yards for a TD and a 20-19 lead. The score remained that way until Fairmont's Bobby Vega connected for his third scoring pass, finding Charaun Goodwin for an 83-yard strike to take the lead for good at 25-20 with 1:55 left in the game.

    The Hilltoppers had a chance, driving to the 34-yard line before three straight incompletions gave the Falcons the ball with 36 seconds to go.

    Fairmont State soared to an early 19-0 lead in the game, but West Liberty's quick strike offense closed to 19-13 before intermission.

    Vega threw for 361 yards and three TDs while Chris St. Hilaire hauled in 12 catches for 123 yards and a score. Goodwin recorded 104 yards receiving and a TD. West Liberty's L.D. Crow passed for 145 yards.

    Friday's game

    LINDENWOOD 28, GLENVILLE 24: Lindenwood (Mo.) scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:05 to play.

    The Pioneers' Rahmann Lee scampered 18 yards into the end zone for a 24-7 advantage with 8:56 to play in the third quarter.

    Glenville's Darold Hughes threw for 215 yards and a TDwhile Lee rushed for 165 yards on 27 carries.

    The Pioneers (1-3) totaled 401 yards of offense and 23 third downs, holding the ball for 38:42.


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