This week, the Wesleyan Wolves faced off against the Calhoun Yellowjackets at Calhoun in the first round of the state playoffs. Heading into the game, the Wolves carried a 4-6 record after losing their three previous games to region opponents Westminster, Greater Atlanta Christian, and Lovett. Because of these three losses, the Wolves placed fourth in their region, so they were placed against the first place team from region 7-AA, which was Calhoun. Calhoun, the reigning state champions, went into the game with an undefeated record of 10-0, with their closest games coming against schools from larger classifications. Despite having a lead at the beginning of the game, the Wolves could not hang on to it and the game ended in a 42-10 loss.
On its first possession, Wesleyan moved down the field efficiently, but could not muster up a play for a touchdown, so they settled for a field goal to get a lead of 3-0. Calhoun answered back on the very next drive with a rushing touchdown. The rest of the quarter was filled with defensive stops, so the first quarter ended with a score of 7-3. However, in the second quarter, the Calhoun offense began to hit its stride and scored four unanswered touchdowns, which included a 54-yard touchdown pass. The first half ended with a score of 35-3.
Wesleyan managed another touchdown in the third quarter but its fate was sealed.
This game marked the end of the Wolves’ season, and the Wolves finished with a final record of 4-7. Two of their losses were decided by three points or less. Their season was highlighted by wins against much bigger schools, including Salem, an AAAAA school, and Stone Mountain, an AAAA school. Next year, the Wolves are graduating 13 senior players, so it will be an interesting transition into the next season.