SOCIAL CIRCLE - Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen might've just wanted one more thing before leaving Social Circle on Friday night: three more rushing yards for Kyle Karempelis.
The running back led the Wolves' offensive attack on the ground, contributing 97 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 38-13 win.
Wesleyan (4-2, 2-0) remains perfect in Region 8-A, a victory Pridgen said was important moving more deeply into the schedule.
"Our kids have a lot of confidence, which is important," he said. "They believe in what we're doing. To win a game like this against their athletes, at their place, in a physical game, I can only say good things."
The last time the two teams met in 2001, the Redskins won 27-7, but this time Social Circle's (3-3, 1-1) offense seemed stalled from the start. Things weren't helped with an intentional grounding penalty called on Redskins quarterback Chase Lackey in the end zone for a safety on the third play of the team's opening drive.
Wesleyan capitalized on its early points, scoring on a halfback pass from Brent Pugh to Anderson Porter and a blocked punt in the end zone from Davis Brown for another safety.
"The kids executed beautifully ... getting some points on the board early was exciting," Pridgen said.
Social Circle's defense kept things under control for most of the first half, forcing three punts and securing two interceptions from safety Christopher Burns. Burns saved a long TD attempt from Wolves' QB Conor Welton, who went 4-for-14 with 107 passing yards and two touchdown passes and also picked up 39 yards after a first-quarter pick.
A pick from Wesleyan's Bobby Fulton resulted in a 46-yard touchdown and Welton hooked up with Karempelis by air to seal a 25-0 halftime advantage.
Wesleyan dropped two more touchdowns on the Redskins, possessing the ball for the majority of the third quarter. Karempelis added his second TD of the day, a 43-yard run but things weren't over for Social Circle.
The Redskins patched together their first score of the day with some catches from Burns and Demarcus Robertson, but it was Lackey who finished the job with a 1-yard rush. Greg Brightwell added a second in the fourth quarter, breaking away from the Wolves' defense for 66 yards. He was the Redskins' leading rusher with 47 of the team's 94 yards.
Wesleyan 38, Social Circle 13
Wesleyan: Safety, intentional grounding in the end zone 10:26
Wesleyan: Anderson Porter 25 pass from Brent Pugh (Spencer Short kick) 6:14
Wesleyan: Safety, blocked punt in the end zone, 4:17
Wesleyan: Bobby Fulton 46 interception (Short kick) 10:36
Wesleyan: Kyle Karempelis 29 pass from Conor Welton (Short kick) 2:52
Wesleyan: Lee Ellis 36 pass from Welton (Short kick) 8:36
Wesleyan: Karempelis 43 run (Short kick blocked) 5:40
Social Circle: Chase Lackey 1 run (Jeffrey Meadows kick blocked) 2:46
Social Circle: Greg Brightwell 66 run (Meadows kick) 3:18