FSU pulls away from Kentucky Wesleyan 35-25

Frostburg State running back Gavin Lavat crosses the goal line on his 17-yard scoring run in the second quarter that gave the Bobcats a 7-6 lead of their eventual 35-25 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium. Lavat finished with 145 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

FROSTBURG — Frostburg State used four second-half touchdowns to eclipse a slow start in its 35-25 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday afternoon.

Eleven seniors played their final game at Bobcat Stadium for FSU and the group made major contributions in the win that pushed Frostburg’s overall record to 8-2. The Bobcats led 7-6 at halftime, but posted three touchdowns in the third and one in the fourth for the win.

Junior Lincoln Ikwubuo caught two third-quarter touchdown passes, Gavin Lavat rumbled for a pair of scores and senior Vincent Persichetti put an exclamation point on the afternoon as he returned an interception 48 yards for another score early in the fourth.

Kentucky Wesleyan (0-10) ran 84 offensive plays and held onto the ball for 37:17.

Frostburg State quarterback Will Brunson tossed a pair of five-yard scores to Ikwubuo in the third quarter as the Bobcats built their lead to 21-12.

Lavat scored for the second time from two yards out late in the third for a 28-19 advantage. His TD was set up by a 49-yard kick return from junior Aizsha Horne and a Kentucky Wesleyan personal foul penalty called on the return.

Early in the fourth, Persichetti stepped in front of a Wiley Cain pass and returned in 49 yards for his first career touchdown that gave Frostburg a 35-19 lead. The Panthers scored a late touchdown to set the final at 35-25.

Brunson finished with 179 passing yards on 14 of 26 completions with two touchdowns. He connected with junior Terrell Brown for 113 yards on six receptions, while Ikwubuo finished with 54 yards on six catches and the two scores.

Lavat posted 88 of his 145 rushing yards in the second half. He scored Frostburg’s first touchdown from the 17 for a 7-6 edge with 6:52 to play in the first half.

Cain threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Panthers. Corey Johnson Jr. scored two touchdowns on the ground and ran for 13 yards on 15 carries.

FSU junior Avery Thurman led both teams with 14 tackles and one pass breakup. Junior Monte Jones was second with 13 stops, one tackle for loss and half a sack.

The Bobcats now hold a 2-1 lead in the series and FSU is 8-0 in non-conference regular-season games under coach DeLane Fitzgerald.

Frostburg closes its regular season on Saturday at Glenville State at 1 p.m.

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