Last Friday, the Wesleyan Wolves faced off against Jefferson County, a team of the AAA classification. Going into the game, the Wolves had record of 3-1, recording wins against Salem County, Stone Mountain, and Brookstone. However, this week, Jefferson County was too strong for the Wolves, taking the game with the score of 33-0.
Jefferson County, although being in the AAA classification, has a massive roster, with 107 players on it. Having so many players to choose from seemingly gave the team a huge advantage, having many fresh players to choose from, compared to the Wolves’ roster size of 47. At the end of the first half, the Wolves could not find the end zone, despite the fact that they moved the ball consistently down the field. With unconverted fourth down opportunities and a missed field goal, the first half ended with a score of 20-0, in Jefferson’s favor. The second half was the same story, with the Wolves unable to put points up on the board and Jefferson scoring 13 more points, with the game ending with a final score of 33-0.
Despite scoring no points, the Wolves had a productive day offensively. Junior quarterback Will Anderson finished with 150 yards throwing and 18 yards rushing. Sophomore running back Miles Smith also added yardage from the ground with 43 yards rushing as well. The leading receiver for the Wolves was sophomore Christian Stark, having 52 yards receiving.
With the loss, the Wolves are now 0-2 away and 3-0 at home. Now carrying a 3-2 record, the Wolves are looking to bounce back from this loss and add another win to their record when they visit Webb High School, a school in Knoxville, Tennessee. Senior Sam Carver says, “We are looking forward to playing the high profile talent the Webb School has, and as a team for the rest of the season, we are trying to stay healthy to try and be a high seed going into the playoffs.” After Webb High School, Wesleyan faces four teams in the AA classification, having not faced any during the season so far. On October 12, the Wolves visit Hapeville Charter, and then they face three schools who are all in their region- Westminster, Lovett, and Greater Atlanta Christian School. Indeed, the Wolves need to stay healthy as they look forward to the rest of the season, with hopes of going deep into the playoffs.