NORCROSS - Sometimes history repeats itself for the same people who created the moment. Following a tough defensive struggle last season between Holy Innocents' and Wesleyan, both teams again engaged in a low scoring affair Friday night.
Just like last season, Holy Innocents' (1-2) prevailed, this time with a 7-6 win over host Wesleyan (1-2).
"I told them they were a few things away from being in the game (at the half)," said Holy Innocents' head coach Ryan Livezey, a Norcross grad. "We made some halftime adjustments."
The Wolves jumped on Holy Innocents' early in the game by converting a field goal from a Holy Innocents' fumble on the third play of the game.
Both teams struggled to move the ball down the field as both defenses kept the opposition off of the scoreboard until Spencer Short hit his second field goal of the game in the final minute of the first half. Wesleyan opened the second half with the ball, but turned it over at the Bears' 45-yard- line. From there, Holy Innocents' quarterback Will Allen, who rushed for 81 yards, led his team down the field, capping the drive with a dazzling 32-yard run that gave his team the 7-6 lead following the extra point.
"Will just made a play," Livezey said. "The blocker that was supposed to be in front of him wasn't there so he made a play."
Down by one, Wesleyan running back Kyle Karempelis, who gained 72 rushing yards on 14 carries, almost helped his team regain the lead as he ended the third quarter with a 40-yard run that ended after a shoe-string tackle by a Holy Innocents' defender. The drive stalled, however, and Short came up just short on a 42-yard attempt that would have given his team the lead.
Wesleyan had one more chance, but a late-game drive stalled in Wesleyan territory, giving the Bears their first win of the season.