Wesleyan brought down by Chamblee

CHAMBLEE - Wesleyan's bid to give new skipper Phillip Deas a win in his head coaching debut fell just short Saturday night as Chamblee battled back to top the Wolves 26-20 at North DeKalb Stadium.

Wesleyan built a 20-6 lead early in the third quarter before Chamblee scored twice late in the period to tie it at 20-20 and took the lead for good on a 4-yard touchdown run from Roddy Jones with 9:06 left to play.

"I felt like our kids came out and competed hard against a good AAAA school," Deas said. "We just made too many mistakes, and when you do that its hard to win football games."

With a new spread offense in place, Wesleyan showed no signs of rust as the Wolves (0-1) clicked on all cylinders early in the game.

Quarterback Tony Plagman connected on his first 10 passes and finished the night with 284 yards and three TDs on 27 of 39 attempts. He completed passes to six different receivers, with eight completions to Andy Merlino for 82 yards and seven hookups with Johnny Schumacher for 89 yards and two TDs.

Wesleyan's season got off to a good start as the Wolves marched 80 yards on 10 plays, capped off by a 43-yard TD pass from Plagman to JoJo Catrini.

Chamblee tied the game on its next possession, but Wesleyan scored once in the second quarter and again in the third on passes from Plagman to Schumacher for the 20-6 margin.

Late in the third, things quickly changed as Chamblee (1-0) scored twice in a two-minute span to tie the game. Chamblee claimed the lead for good in the fourth on Jones' TD run.

Jones led Chamblee in rushing with 134 yards and one TD on 23 carries while quarterback Jason Barcus was 7 of 12 for 131 yards and two TDs, both to Marcus Giles.

Wesleyan was led in rushing by Bobby Jackson, who gained 53 yards on 20 carries while catching six passes for 33 more yards.