BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Artie Checchin caught a pair of TD passes, Jack Warner threw for 256 yards and Illinois Wesleyan used a fast start to beat the Simpson football team 49-7 on Saturday afternoon.
Checchin caught a 54-yard TD from Warner and hauled in a 36-yarder on a halfback pass to help the Titans (3-0) score 28 unanswered in the first half. Warner added a 4-yard TD pass to Austin Wagner at the end of the first half.
Caleb Frye threw a 33-yard TD pass to Devin Norman in the third quarter, the only score of the game for the Storm (1-1). Simpson couldn't get into a rythym on offense, punting on six of its first seven possessions.
Austin Harrell ran for 56 yards and Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore, Anfernee Roberts and Warner all scored rushing TDs for the Titans. Illinois Wesleyan ran for 196 yards as a team and out-gained Simpson 537-205 on the day.
Illinois Wesleyan snapped a four-game losing streak in the series, earning its first win since the series began in 1994 ... Simpson is now 8-3 against non-conference opponents since 2012 ... kicker Drew Jensen remained perfect on PAT attempts in his career and is now 24-for-24 ... Simpson's 205 yards of total offense are the fewest since managing just 109 in the season opener against Bethel on Sept. 3, 2011, a stretch of 49 games.
Simpson hosts Elmhurst next Saturday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.