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High-Powered Hilltoppers Hammer Wesleyan

September 19, 2009

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Liberty University head coach Roger Waialae had his entire offensive arsenal on full display here Saturday as the Hilltoppers crushed West Virginia Wesleyan, 49-26, at Cebe Ross Field..

      Former John Marshall quarterback Zach Amedro threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for another while going over the 7,000-yard passing mark for his career.

      Tailback Kevon Calhoun posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game while wideouts Kashif Walls and Eddie Hills each had more than 100 receiving yards as West Liberty (3-1, 1-0) racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense in rolling to its fifth straight win against the Bobcats (0-3, 0-2).

      Coming off back-to-back victories against Walsh and Lake Erie, Waialae’s squad has outscored its last three opponents by a 62-0 margin in the opening quarter alone.

      Calhoun got things started Saturday when he took a pitch from Amedro, burst through a couple of tacklers at the 20 and sprinted into the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown at 7:57.

      Amedro pushed the count to 14-0 at 4:09 with a 24-yard strike to Ryan Travis and senior safety Mike Kane ended Wesleyan’s next possession by intercepting a deflected pass at his own 45 and running it back for a 55-yard score.

      Kane’s return put West Liberty on top, 21-0, with 1:51 still showing on the first quarter clock and the issue had pretty much been decided.

      Wesleyan got on the board with a pair of Derek Moore field goals in the second quarter but Amedro hit Walls for a 22-yard score to make it 28-6 at intermission.

      The Hilltoppers pushed the count to 42-6 late in the third quarter as Amedro finished one drive with a quarterback sneak and found Walls for his second TD grab from 26 yards before Waialae began substituting liberally.

      Wesleyan closed the gap to 42-20 on a pair of Zane Zebrasky TD passes but it was too little, too late.

      Walls and Amedro returned briefly to hook up on a 17-yard scoring play with 9:17 remaining and the Bobcats picked up a consolation touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining to make the final score more respectable.

      Amedro, who entered the game leading the nation in touchdown passes and ranked No. 2 in passing yards, completed 24-of-39 passes for 355 yards and 4 touchdowns.

      The junior standout now has 7,157 career passing yards and needs less than 100 yards against Fairmont next week to become the school’s career leader in passing yards and total offense.

      Walls went over the 100-yard mark for the third straight game with a career-high 9 catches for 171 yards and 3 TDs. Hills also had a season-high 9 grabs for 106 yards while Travis had 5 catches for 74 yards and a score.

      Zebrasky completed 17-of-36 passes for 224 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception for the hosts. Jonathan Meadows led Wesleyan with 8 catches for 115 yards but tailback Reggie Taylor, who entered the game leading the nation in rushing at more than 158 yards a game, was held to just 44 yards on 16 carries by the West Liberty defense.

      The teams combined for a staggering 349 penalty yards. The Hilltoppers were flagged 18 times for 123 yards while the Bobcats were assessed 226 yards on 16 infractions.

      West Liberty returns home to host Fairmont State this week. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Russek Field. 

West Liberty 49, W.Va. Wesleyan 26

West Liberty 21  7  14    7 – 49

W.Va. Wesleyan   0  6    7  13 – 26

First Quarter

      WL-Calhoun 34 run (Blewett kick), 7:57

      WL-Travis 24 pass from Amedro (Blewett kick), 4:09

      WL-Kane 55 interception return (Blewett kick), 1:51

Second Quarter

      Wes-FG Moore 33, 12:40

      Wes-FG Moore 28, 8:53

      WL-Walls 22 pass from Amedro (Blewett kick), 4:42

Third Quarter

      WL-Amedro 1 run (Blewett kick), 6:00

      WL-Walls 26 pass from Amedro (Blewett kick), 2:37

      Wes-Burrell 59 pass from Zebrasky (Moore kick), 1:05

Fourth Quarter

      Wes-Chiari 11 pass from Zebrasky (Moore kick), 12:24

      WL-Walls 17 pass from Amedro (Blewett kick), 9:17

      Wes-Jones 5 pass from Neugebauer (run failed), :26

Game Statistics

      RUSHING: West Liberty 41-221, Calhoun 17-120, Burress 8-48, Beeler 1-22, Bell 9-22, Amedro 4-5, Lee 1-3, Walker 1-1. W.Va. Wesleyan, 22-93, Taylor 16-44, Zebrasky 1-25, Hughes 2-18, Neugebauer 2-5, Valentin 1-1.

      PASSING: West Liberty 24-41-355-4td-0x (Amedro 24-39-355-4td-0x, Worek 0-2-0-0-0). W.Va. Wesleyan 24-44-283-3td-2x (Zebrasky 17-36-224-2td-1x, Neugebauer 7-8-59-1td-1x).

      RECEIVING: West Liberty 24-355, Walls 9-171, Hills 9-106, Travis 5-74, Calhoun 1-4. W.Va. Wesleyan 24-283, Meadows 8-115, Chiari 3-35, Hughes 3-9, Taylor 2-10, Valentin 2-9, Burrell 1-59, Massey 1-14, Williams 1-12, Benners 1-9, Gratkowski 1-6, Jones 1-5.

      First downs: West Liberty 30, W.Va. Wesleyan 21

      Fumbles: West Liberty 1-1, W.Va. Wesleyan 2-1

      Penalties: West Liberty 18-123, W.Va. Wesleyan 16-226

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