ATHENS - Wesleyan is 10-0 for the first time in school history after taking care of Athens Christian 56-7 on Friday night and can now look forward to getting some well-deserved rest.
It was a half to forget for the Eagles in the first. It was all Wolves with their quarterback and running back combo of Conor Welton and Kyle Karempelis. Welton and Karempelis combined for 290 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.
The first quarter belonged to Karempelis who had two touchdown runs. His first one went for 27 yards and his second went for 70 yards at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Welton had his longest pass of the night, a 55 yard bomb to Daniel Cardwell.
Welton, Karempelis and the rest of the offensive starters only played the first half for head coach Frank Pridgen. Welton was 8 of 12 with 136 yards and Karempelis had 11 carries for 154 yards.
"Conor and Kyle have been carrying us all year," Pridgen said. "They get a lot of help. We have great receivers and a great offensive line that allows them to make plays."
Athens Christian had major trouble getting anything going against the stingy defense of Wesleyan. The Eagles went three-and-out on their first three drives - two ended in punts and they fumbled on the fourth play of the third series.
The only thing Athens Christian did consistently on offense was give up the ball with four turnovers. It had three fumbles and an interception returned 28 yards for a touchdown by Wesleyan's Carter Garrison.
"We want our defense to create opportunities for our offense which is exactly what they did tonight," Pridgen said. "They play fast and physical."
Athens Christian totaled only 139 total yards on offense in the first half.
With a 42-point lead to start the second half, Wesleyan took got their backups some playing time, as the Wolves head into a bye week before the playoffs.
"It was good to get those guys out and start getting them their rest for the playoffs," Pridgen said. "The backups work just as hard as the first string does, so anytime we can get them out on the field we do because they deserve it."