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Wesleyan gets up early, stays there vs. Lumpkin Co.

NORCROSS - It would seem rare for a team with such scoring prowess as Wesleyan to have a 14-0 lead before its offense even steps onto the field, but Friday night the special teams scored the initial touchdown followed closely by a defensive touchdown.

The end result was a happy homecoming 2005 as the Wolves knocked off Lumpkin County 49-19.

"I was really proud of the way our guys were able to stay focused tonight," said Wesleyan head coach Phillip Deas. "With this week being homecoming week, there are a lot of things that could have distracted our team.

"We've had bonfires, we've had pep rallies and lots of other activities related to homecoming but I was really proud of our team, they came out and got the job done."

The scoring started after the Wesleyan defense stopped Lumpkin County on its opening possession. Kip Thompson blocked the Indians' punt and Derren Evans picked up the ball and rumbled 10 yards to put Wesleyan ahead 7-0 early.

On its next possession, Lumpkin County running back Andy Allison took a toss sweep to the left side and fumbled the football. Ty Johnson scooped up the loose ball and returned it 20 yards, giving Wesleyan a 14-0 lead with 9:03 to go in the first quarter.

Lumpkin County scored on an 8-yard touchdown run by Allison, to cut the Wolves' lead to seven with 5:47 to go in the first quarter.

Wesleyan came right back, driving the ball 60 yards in 2:50 finishing with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Tony Plagman.

Plagman finally showed the home crowd what it has been accustomed to seeing late in the first quarter when he hit Johnny Schumacher on a beautiful 35-yard touchdown pass to give Wesleyan a 28-7 lead it would not relinquish.

Both teams put TDs on the board in the second quarter.

The Indians scored on a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Fabian Jackson with 4:05 remaining, and the Wolves answered with Plagman's second touchdown pass of the half - this one to Peter Karempelis - to make the score 35-13 at the break.

On the second play of the third quarter, the Wolves scored on a double pass. Plagman threw a backward pass to Bobby Jackson and then rolled to the left, catching a return pass from Jackson and taking it 49 yards for the score.

Wesleyan added a final touchdown, with 7:53 remaining, on another touchdown pass from Plagman to Schumacher.

Plagman ended the game 14 of 31 for 191 yards and three touchdown passes. Andy Merlino finished with nine catches for 110 yards receiving.

Schumacher had 61 yards receiving and a touchdown, and along with the 49-yard touchdown pass to Plagman, Jackson gained 57 yard on six carries for the Wolves.