Wayland Baptist put an immediate crimp into any Texas Wesleyan upset plans by scoring two touchdowns in the game’s first half-minute on its way to a 54-24 pounding of the winless Rams Saturday afternoon at Farrington Field.
After the Pioneers’ 95-yard kickoff return to open the game, Texas Wesleyan fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage. Wayland Baptist cashed in right away with a 32-yard strike from tight end Caleb O’Connor to receiver Ben Owen.
Wayland Baptist added a safety and another touchdown pass for a 23-7 first-quarter lead. The margin was 33-14 by halftime and 54-17 going into the last period.
The Pioneers improve to 4-5 over and 4-3 in the Central States Football League while Wesleyan falls to 0-9 on the season and 0-6 in conference. Wayland Baptist outgained TWU 573 to 335 in total yards.
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Rams running back Jermarcus Jones ran for 125 yards on 21 carries, passing the century mark for the second week in a row. Receiver Cole Maxwell caught seven passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
TWU cornerback Parrish Dixon-Smith was a bright spot on defense for the Rams. He intercepted two passes and returned the second 36 yards for a second-quarter touchdown.
The search for that elusive first win continues Saturday for the Rams against nationally-ranked Arizona Christian at 2 p.m. at Farrington Field.