Saturday, November 9, 2019

Wesley Dugger Becomes Davidson's All-Time Leading Rusher in Win Over Butler, 52-10

INDIANAPOLIS – Junior running back Wesley Dugger became the program’s all-time leading rusher as Davidson downed Butler at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl Saturday in Pioneer Football League road action, 52-10.

Entering the day trailing the record by a mere 37 yards, Dugger used a second-quarter, 18-yard scamper to vault himself on top of an impressive historical mark. The Henrico, Va., native moved ahead of John Leverett who last raised the bar to 3,165 yards in 2004.

Adding to the historical significance of Dugger’s first-half production, Davidson scored 33 unanswered in the second quarter, spreading the five touchdowns out between different Wildcats. Davidson outgained the Bulldogs 269-124 including a 255-yard ground assault.

Dugger scored his 17th of the season, while seniors Jorell Story and Keylan Brown and sophomore Eli Turner Jr. rushed for one apiece. Junior quarterback Tyler Phelps also connected with Jackson Sherrard on a 14-yard touchdown toss.

Following a long and productive opening drive from the Butler offense, the Davidson defense held their own. Junior cornerback Jaylon Bolden made a spectacular interception of Bulldog quarterback Nick Orlando and had a shot at another later in the frame. Sophomore’s Jordan Reed and Chibuike Odo made first-half sacks as Davidson pressured well early.

With a healthy scoreboard advantage in the second half, head coach Scott Abell was able to utilize a bunch of young ‘Cats. Freshmen Jayden Waddell hauled in a beautiful ball from junior Louis Colosimo and turned on the jets for a 69-yard touchdown. Classmate Kenny Collins also found the end zone late in the contest, a 13-yard scoring scamper for the California kid.

Dugger finished with 118 yards on 24 carries and the pair of scores. Story had another strong day on the ground, tallying 89 yards to go along with his touchdown.

The Wildcats finished with 549 total yards, 458 of those from the backfield.

Senior cornerback Rayshawn McCall led a balanced defensive effort with seven total stops, four of them solo efforts. Junior safety Sean Holton played strong in a reserve role, recording five tackles including a tackle for loss.

Davidson hits the road for the final time Saturday, Nov. 16 when they travel to DeLand, Fla. For a PFL clash with Stetson. Kick off from Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is slated for 12 p.m.

Other Notables
Dugger finished the day with 3,247 yards … Adding two to his total today, he now sits one touchdown shy of tying the PFL rushing touchdown record.

Story courtesy of Davidson Sports Information