NORCROSS - It was over before it had a chance to begin. Wesleyan picked up its second win of the young season with a 52-0 drubbing of Cross Keys on Friday night.
The Indians were no match for their 6-AA rivals and Wesleyan took the opportunity to drive the point home, all 52 of them. Cross Keys' total lack of wherewithal combined with the seemingly precise execution of both the Wolves' offensive and defensive units put this game out of reach and interest early.
"It's great to have a game like that to start off the region schedule," Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen said. "It's great to get everyone in front of the home crowd."
Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead in the opening quarter by capping a eight-play drive on a 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Donovan to JoJo Catrini.
Cross Keys followed with the first of many three-and-outs to give the ball to the Wolves on the Indians' 40-yard line. On the first play of the second series, Wesleyan's Nick Sissine caught a pitch in the backfield and scrambled for a 40-yard touchdown run to put the Wolves up by two scores.
Having found the power to move the ball at will, Wesleyan marched back into the end zone halfway through the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Donovan to Zac Johnston. After stalling on a six-play drive just before the half, Wesleyan's Reed Bennett put the score at 24-0 with a 25-yard field goal just before the intermission.
"We didn't have much of a game plan in terms of anything fancy," Pridgen said. "We just wanted to come out and execute our base stuff and I thought we did a pretty good job. We did a great job of capitalizing on their mistakes in the first half."
Cross Keys began the second half exactly where it had left off in the first, moving the wrong direction.
After fumbling an attempted misdirection handoff on the second half's opening kickoff, the Indians handed Wesleyan the ball on Cross Keys' 10-yard line. After a couple of short runs by Sissine, Donovan found Johnston again in the back of the end zone for the pair's second hookup of the night.
Cross Keys then muffed the following kickoff only to recover on its own 5-yard line. Two plays later, the Indians' troubles continued when they fumbled leaving the Wolves' Ronnie Kirkpatrick an opportunity for the recovery.
Wesleyan turned the offense over to quarterback Ian Davis with the game well out of reach. Davis began with a 15-yard strike to Hampton Wilson, before connecting on a pitch play to Greg Gossett for a 25-yard touchdown run.
The Wolves did their final damage of the night on a 53-yard touchdown connection between Davis and Cole Watson.
Sissine led the Wolves' rushing attack with 90 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Donovan led through the air with 125-yards passing with three scores.