High School Football

Wayland Baptist runs 92 plays, controls clock to sink Texas Wesleyan in close game

Wayland Baptist ran 92 plays, gained 570 yards of offense, and moved the chains 34 times en route to a 41-30 victory over Texas Wesleyan in Plainview, Texas on Saturday.

The loss, which dropped the Rams to 1-7 on the season, wasn’t Le’Mant Monroe’s doing. The explosive wide receiver caught eight passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard TD with 13:59 left in the second quarter that gave the Rams (1-7, 1-5 Sooner Athletic Conference) a 13-10 lead.

Monroe now has 783 receiving yards this season, which is fourth in the SAC. He has at least 150 yards receiving in three of the last four games.

He caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Erik Richards with 7:39 to go in the fourth, which trimmed Wayland Baptist’s lead to 38-30.

A Kade Dixon 43-yard field goal with 2:34 before the half gave Texas Wesleyan a 16-10 lead. But WBU proceeded to go on an 11-play, 75-yard drive over the next 2:08 to take a 17-16 halftime lead on a De’Sean Johnson 30-yard pass from Nick Quintero.

The Rams would regain the lead early in the third on a Jermarcus Jones 24-yard run before WBU scored the next 21 points to go up 38-23 with 7:50 left.

Josh Phillips led the Rams with 11 tackles, followed by Dylan Pettway (10), Michael Miller (9), and Chance Carroll (8). Miller also had an interception.

Texas Wesleyan was just 3-of-14 on third down and only rushed for 92 yards, where as WBU (4-3, 3-3) was 7-of-16 on third down and had 249 yards rushing.

The Rams won’t have to leave Farrington Field the rest of the season as they begin a two-game homestand on Nov. 3 against Lyon College at 2 p.m.

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