Wesleyan at Seminole County
Wesleyan Wolves (5-A) Coach: Franklin Pridgen
2010 record: 12-2Seminole County Indians (1-A) Coach: Alan Ingram
2010 record: 7-4
Seminole County made the four-hour trip to Norcross for last year's opener and the Wolves return the favor tonight, taking an inexperienced team south for a tough road test. Wesleyan won last season's meeting with a veteran squad, but the majority of the key players from that squad have graduated.
"In Class A, or any classification really, you may have to travel in the playoffs," Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. "As we learned back in 2008, you may very well have to travel a long way. I want them to get used to a trip like that and also see the speed and athleticism that we won't see every week in our region. I also wanted to take them out of their element up here and introduce them to a different culture."
Wesleyan, which will break up today's trip with a stop in Columbus, breaks in a new quarterback tonight in sophomore Will Anderson, one of eight new starters on offense. He has a good target in junior Rodney Morris, as well as experienced leaders in Eric Rappe and Josh King.
Rappe also is an important part of a Wesleyan defense full of new faces.
"We're very young and very inexperienced," Pridgen said. "Even our seniors are inexperienced. They haven't played a whole lot of football for us. So this is definitely a challenge."
Last meeting: Wesleyan won 38-20 last year
Directions to Seminole County High School: I-85 south to I-185 south. Merge onto U.S. Hwy. 27 south/U.S. Hwy. 280/Ga. Hwy 520 via Exit 1A. Turn right on U.S. Hwy. 27/Ga. Hwy. 1 south. Turn right onto South Main Street/Ga. Hwy. 1/U.S. 27. Take a left on E. South Blvd./Cedar Springs Road/Ga. 39. Take a left onto Ga. Hwy. 39/Lucile Hwy./Ga. 39. Follow Ga. Hwy. 39 to East Sixth Street and turn right. Take the first left onto South Woolfork Avenue.