FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, November 14, 1998

TOM THEMISTOCLES BECOMES SINGLE-SEASON WESLEYAN RUSHING LEADER IN HELPING POWER WESLEYAN TO 49-35 WIN OVER TRINITY IN SEASON FINALE

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --- Senior tailback Tom Themistocles became the Wesleyan single-season rushing leader when he rambled for 145 yards on 31 carries and scored three TDs, leading Wesleyan (6-2) to a 49-35 victory over Trinity (2-6) here this afternoon in the season finale for both teams. Themistocles ended the year with 871 yards, two better than Dave Cottrell, who graduated in 1995. For the year, Themistocles had six 100-plus-yard games, including five in a row to end the season, tying a team record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games. His three TDs also tied him for the Wesleyan seasonal figure of 13.

Wesleyan junior QB Jake Fay, completing 12 of 25 passes for 265 yards, added three TD passes to his totals, giving him 16 for the year, one short of the team mark, and 38 in his career, a Wesleyan record. Junior Matt Perceval caught two of the TDs, giving him a Wesleyan record 14 on the season and 23 in his career, also a team standard.

After falling behind 27-6 early in the second quarter, Trinity, behind the passing of junior QB Gregg Wysocki, pulled to within a TD twice, the last coming at 5:10 of the third quarter when Steve Cella raced 88 yards for a TD on a kickoff, making the score 34-27. Wysocki completed 19 of 34 passes for 338 yards and four TDs, with junior tight end Sean Furey on the receiving end of nine passes for 183 yards and two scores. Wesleyan scored the next two TDs, on a 16-yard Themistocles run and a 45-yard Perceval catch, to put the game away with 5:40 to play, 49-27. Sean Furey's 23-yard reception with 27 seconds to play ended the scoring.

For the year, Wesleyan set teams records for total offense with 3,386 yards (423 a game) and 289 points (36 a game).

 

WESLEYAN 49, TRINITY 35

Trinity (2-6)6714835
Wesleyan (6-2)131415749

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Trinity

Wesleyan

First Downs

20

21

Rushes - Yards

41-142

43-146

Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted

34 - 19 - 2

27 - 13 - 1

Passing Yards

338

293

Total Yards

480

439

Fumbles - Lost

3 - 1

1 - 0

Penalties - Yards

8 - 60

3 - 40

Punts - Yards - Average

5 - 128 - 25.6

7 - 225 - 32.1

Return Yards (punts, fumbles, interceptions)

57

37

Kickoff Returns - Yards

8 - 204

4 - 59

Time of Possession

31:54

28:06

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING:

Trinity - Matt Gjerulff, 11-90 ; Sherman Francis, 8-38 ; Mike Ladd, 4-11 ; Gregg Wysocki, 13-11 ; Steve Cella, 4-3 ; J.R. Faget, 1-(-11).
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 31-145, 3 TDs ; John Pascucci, 5-14 ; Nate Moore, 1-(-1) ; Jake Fay, 4-(-3) ; Rahsaan Wareham, 1-(-4) ; Mark Schofield, 1-(-5).

PASSING:

Trinity - Gregg Wysocki, 34-19-2, 338 yards, 4 TDs.
Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 25-12-1, 265 yards, 3 TDs ; Tom Themistocles, 1-1-0, 28 yards ; Mark Schofield, 1-0-0.

RECEIVING:

Trinity - Sean Furey, 9-183, 2 TDs ; J.R. Faget, 4-121, 2 TDs ; Mike Ladd, 3-10 ; Steve Cella, 2-16 ; Jay Wright, 1-8.
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 4-106, 2 TDs ; Nate Moore, 4-71 ; George Thompson, 3-86, 1 TD ; Henry Wasserman, 1-28 ; John Pascucci, 1-2.

PUNTING:

Trinity - Gregg Wysocki, 4-126, 31.5 average ; Team, 1-2.
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 7-225, 32.1 average.

 

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