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Wolves Defeat KIPP Atlanta in Homecoming Football Game

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    Seniors, Will Barnard, Ryan Hughes, Conner Day and Shelton Gottlich, cheer on their fellow teammates late in the game. Photo taken by Caroline Hodges.
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    Seniors, Will Barnard, Ryan Hughes, Conner Day and Shelton Gottlich, cheer on their fellow teammates late in the game. Photo taken by Caroline Hodges.

The Wesleyan Wolves had an outstanding victory on Friday, September 18th to continue a four game winning streak. Wesleyan played KIPP Atlanta and triumphed with a score of 38-6. Senior, Jordan Argilagos, was a key part of the Wolves offense, having a total of 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns. When asked about the game, Argilagos said, “It was a great game. All around, the team was clicking on all cylinders. It feels like we are moving along very well, and the season is taking off in the right direction.”

Senior, Jordan Mack, helped the Wolves get an early lead with a four yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Later in that quarter, Argilagos rushed four times for a total of 55 yards resulting in a touchdown. Shortly after, Argilagos ran 49 yards on the Wolves’ next offensive drive for a third touchdown of the quarter. Senior, Jordan Weaver, made all three extra points giving the Wolves a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Sophomore, George Bielan, sprinted 31 yards on the Wolves first offensive possession of the second quarter for a touchdown. Weaver converted the extra point and then later scored a 23-yard field goal, making the score 31-0 going into the half.

For the first touchdown of the second half, sophomore quarterback, Banks Ramsey, connected with junior, Harrison Cook, for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Weaver converted the extra point to give the Wolves a 38-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, KIPP scored on a four-yard touchdown pass, but failed to convert the extra point. The game ended with a 38-6 Wolves win.

Thanks to the Spirit Captains−Sydney Weissman, Kylie Reed, JT Eigel, Will Harper and Christopher Walton−the Wolf Pack supported the Wolves more than ever. The theme was “blackout,” and the Wolf Pack went all out, screaming on defense, being silent on offense, and cheering with might to encourage good plays; the student section has never been better.

 

Varsity Football Defends Perfect Record Against Pace

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    Wesleyan fans dressed in pink last Friday in honor of breast cancer awareness. Photo by: Brian Morgan

The Wesleyan Wolves are halfway through the regular season and remain undefeated with a record of 5-0 after a crucial victory last Friday over Pace Academy. Friday’s game had been highly anticipated since before the season even began, and Wesleyan put in plenty of preparation knowing that Pace would present one of the season’s toughest challenges. Wesleyan showed strong support with fans wearing pink in recognition of the GHSA sanctioned breast cancer awareness week, and the game was selected as the “Fox 5 Game of the Week.”

A light, steady rain fell on the field at Henderson Stadium, and just as the Pace Knights prepared to receive the ball, the lights went out, delaying kickoff for 25 minutes while the issue was resolved. When the lights came back on, senior Jordan Weaver booted the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

The Knights offense started off with a few first downs, but failed to move the ball past midfield, partially due to a holding penalty. Penalties have been a weakness for Pace all season, and would allow the Wolves to make a stop and bring out the offense. Wesleyan also could not score on their first drive, so the Knights got the ball back on the 20. After a long, steady drive, Samuel Sloman made a 32 yard field goal putting Pace ahead by 3 with the first score of the game.

Wesleyan responded with a dynamic attack on offense. Sophomore quarterback Banks Ramsey made a few completions to senior Tucker Cannon, and the drive was highlighted by a 65 yard run from senior Jordan Argilagos. Argilagos showed some impressive speed, but was dragged down by a horse collar at the two yard line. Ramsey punched the ball in on a keeper the following play. The PAT was no good, and the Wolves went ahead 6-3.

After the half, Wesleyan received the ball and put together another solid drive on offense. Ramsey put a well thrown ball in the hands of junior Harrison Cook for a 35 yard completion. Ramsey later scored on another one yard keeper. After another failed PAT, the Wolves moved the score to 12-3.

The Knights’ next possession provided an opportunity for the Wesleyan defense to show its versatility. Senior Cole Mannion has brought experience and leadership to the Wolves’ secondary this year. In regards to the defensive effort against Pace, Mannion said, “Our defense did a really good job of first stopping the run and then shutting down the pass game. We also were great at containing their scrambling quarterback.” Senior Kevin Stipe ended the Knights’ drive with an interception returned for a touchdown. The Knights stopped Wesleyan’s two point conversion attempt, and the score was 18-3.

Pace refused to give up and managed to score once more with an 80 yard run by Deon Jackson at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was a stalemate and did not yield points for either team. The Wolves’ defense continued to shutdown Pace, and a couple of long drives on offense took time off the clock. After a huge win, Wesleyan will carry its momentum into an easier matchup next week away against Hapeville.

 

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