Wesleyan was unable to maintain a perfect record Friday night against Lovett. Lovett has struggled this season after graduating many seniors in 2015, but the Lions were able to defeat Wesleyan for their homecoming game.
The game was played at Lovett, and the Lions received senior Jordan Weaver’s kickoff to start the game. Wesleyan started the game with stout defense, but Lovett converted two consecutive fourth downs with gutsy calls from Head Coach Mike Muschamp. The Lions converted first on a fake punt and moved the chains a second time on fourth and one with a short run.
Tough breaks continued for Wesleyan with a muffed punt. Lovett recovered the loose ball on Wesleyan’s five yard-line leading to a quick score. Brady Tindall caught the eight yard touchdown pass thrown by Peyton Ringer, and the Lions put 7 on the board before Wesleyan got the ball.
The Wolves failed to get anything going on offense, and Lovett’s disciplined defense shut Wesleyan out in the first half.
Lovett continued to move the ball well, and Tindall scored a second time on a 15 yard run with 8 minutes left in the half. Tindall scored all three of Lovett’s touchdowns. The remainder of the half was a stalemate, and the score entering the third quarter was 14-0.
The stalemate continued until the end of the third when Tindall scored again on a one yard run. Tindall produced most of the Lions offense with multiple receptions in addition to over 100 rushing yards.
Wesleyan finally put together a successful drive to start off the fourth quarter. Several key receptions from junior Harrison Cook set up the five yard touchdown run for sophomore quarterback Banks Ramsey. Cook contributed significantly to the Wolves offensive effort with 11 receptions for over 100 yards.
Wesleyan scrambled looking for a way to score twice more, but penalties and a strong Lovett defense kept the Wolves from finding the end zone. Wesleyan’s defense way able to hold Lovett, and the final score was 21-7.
Both games remaining in the regular season for Wesleyan are region opponents. The Wolves will be favored against Holy Innocents’ at home next week and will face a tough opponent at Greater Atlanta Christian School the following week prior to playoffs.