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Wesleyan picks up first win; breaks passing records

NORCROSS - It is extremely rare to have a head football coach lose a game and tie a game before he earns his first win.

Phillip Deas did exactly that in his first two games as Wesleyan head coach, but Friday night he and his Wolves put one in the win column with an aerial assault never before seen at this small Class AA school.

Senior Tony Plagman broke two school records, including most passing yards in a single game, leading Wesleyan to a 41-0 victory over Banks County.

Plagman finished the game 16 of 21 for 358 yards passing and five touchdowns, both breaking school records.

"We have been trying really hard," said Deas. "We were a little disappointed the first two weeks, so we really wanted to come out and get a win. I'm really proud of our kids, they kept a positive attitude and it definitely showed tonight."

The game was 0-0 after the first quarter but a 15-yard touchdown pass from Plagman to Andy Merlino on the first play of the second quarter really got things going for the Wolves. The touchdown opened the floodgates for what turned out to be a 27-point, 240-yard offensive quarter, giving Wesleyan a comfortable lead at halftime.

Wesleyan scored its final two touchdowns of the game in the third quarter.

The first on a six-play, 65-yard drive ending in a nine yard touchdown pass from Plagman to senior wide receiver Johnny Schumacher with 9:26 remaining. The drive only took two minutes and 25 seconds. Schumacher finished with seven catches for 157 yards.

Wesleyan's defense, which only gave up 150 yards of total offense, quickly gave to ball back to the offense in great field position and the Wolves again wasted no time putting points on the board. A short two-play, 41-yard drive ended with a 37-yard pass form Plagman to Adam Johnson make the score 41-0.

Drew McWhorter finished with 6 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown and Merlino added three catches for two touchdowns.

The final score could have much worse.

Backup quarterback Andrew Donovan entered the game late and completed six of nine passes for 85 yards, but had three touchdown passes called back because of penalties.