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Anderson, Wesleyan keep rolling

 

 

ALPHARETTA -- Last week Wesleyan found its offensive mojo. This week the Wolves kept their offense in gear with a 39-13 rout of King's Ridge 39-13 Friday night in Alpharetta.

"Have we hit our stride? Yes," Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. "Are we accelerating and building momentum for the latter part of the season and hopefully the postseason? Absolutely."

Wesleyan wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as receiver Charles Mack took a Will Anderson screen pass and weaved through the King's Ridge defense on Wesleyan's first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 advantage.

The Wolves' offense looked sharp in the opening quarter, moving the ball efficiently through the air. Wesleyan (5-2, 2-1 Region 5-A North) moved the ball on its second possession, but a fumble deep in King's Ridge (3-3, 1-2) territory to end the drive.

Despite its offensive play, Wesleyan could not shake King's Ridge in the first quarter as running back Tarez Miller amassed 100 rushing yards in the opening frame. Miller scored on a 44-yard run to keep pace in the opening quarter.

Wesleyan quarterback Will Anderson led his team down on its next possession and converted a one-yard quarterback sneak to put Wesleyan up 13-7.

Anderson looked sharp, completing 13 of his 17 first-half pass attempts for 151 yards and the scoring pass to Mack.

"He plays like an upperclassmen... he has a tremendous amount of poise, I am excited about his present and his future." Pridgen said of Anderson.

Zander Yost, who had 80 receiving yards on four catches, scored on a beautifully designed hook-and-ladder play in the second quarter to put Wesleyan up 19-7.

Following a late King's Ridge score, Wesleyan came out of the locker room strong, putting the game away with three fourth-quarter scores.

"It was kind of gut check," Pridgen said of his halftime speech. "The message was to settle down, stop the big plays for their offense and just take command."

Anderson, who passed for 352 yards yards, led Wesleyan on three third-quarter scoring drives, scoring one touchdown on a pass and punching in his second rushing score of the game from a yard out.

Anderson's third-quarter TD went to Rodney Morris, who had a game-high eight receptions for 124 yards and a score.

After a rough start to the season, Anderson has helped Wesleyan return to its high-scoring ways since returning from injury, guiding the team to 83 points in its last two games.

"He is a record holder, he always plays well," Pridgen said of his sophomore signal-caller.

Wesleyan will look to take the momentum it has created into its bye week before resuming play against Pinecrest in two weeks.