GREENSBORO - Despite a county-record 497 passing yards from Tony Plagman, Wesleyan's football season ended on Saturday night with a 62-36 loss to Greene County, Class AA's fourth-ranked team.
Tiger quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw for 336 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers buried fourth-seeded Wesleyan at Tiger Stadium.
Greene County, which hasn't won a second-round postseason game since its state championship year of 1993, hosts No. 3 seed Darlington (9-2) in Round 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Nesbitt looks ready for the next taker.
The junior accounted for 549 yards of the Tigers' 598. Combined, the teams had 1,121 yards.
The Tigers (11-0) scored on two of their first three possessions, thanks to a 21-yard scramble for a score by Nesbitt and a 47-yard lob from Nesbitt to Demarcus Blake as the first-quarter horn
Greene County upped the lead to 22-0 when Nesbitt struck again with an 89-yard toss to Terrance Hall on the Tigers' fourth possession. Hall, who returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown about two minutes later, snatched Nesbitt's missile down the right side at the 50-yard line and outran Greg Gossett to the left pylon.
Wesleyan quarterback Tony Plagman refused to fold, though.
The senior put together back-to-back scoring drives after Hall's return, hitting Johnny Schumacher for a 14-yard touchdown and connecting with an unmarked Peter Karempelis on a 21-yard pass to make it 36-14.
Plagman, who had thrown for 2,594 and 25 touchdowns coming into Saturday, finished 27 of 51 passing for 497 yards. He threw four touchdowns and rushed for one. His top target was Schumacher, who caught 15 passes for 269 yards (three off a county record), including an 80-yarder at the end of the game on which he was hit with a personal foul for taunting as he high-stepped to the end zone and wiggled the ball behind him. As expected, the Wolves didn't lean on their ground game, producing just 28 yards on 19 carries.
The Wolves, 5-5-1 in their first season under Phillip Deas, had more offensive success against Greene County than any team this season. Only one team - Josey in a 55-22 loss - had scored more than 13 points in a game this season against the Tigers.