ALPHARETTA -- Usually when a team has less than 100 yards of offense in the first half, it has probably dug itself in a hole. The Wesleyan offense did in fact have the small yardage total on Friday night at Mount Pisgah in Alpharetta. But the Wolves were not doing any digging.
Wesleyan led 20-0 after two quarters. It is hard to rack up yardage when you don't have too far to go.
The Wolves dominated the Patriots 38-0 in a Region 5-A north matchup. Wesleyan's (7-2, 5-1) defense controlled the game, but it was the special teams that took it over.
The rainy, muddy, sloppy conditions can make kicking a challenge. But it was a nightmare for the home side. When Mount Pisgah was forced to punt, the kick was blocked, the punter was sacked, or the punt did not go very far.
The Wesleyan defense did its part to put the Patriots' punter in the cross hairs. They made their mark early, flying around the ball and stopping the guy who had it before he got started. Rhett Delk and Zander Yost each forced a fumble, while Dekl also had an interception. Fittingly, the final score of the game came on a safety by Jahmai Jones in the third quarter. Mount Pisgah (4-5, 3-3) only crossed midfield a couple of times.
The short field position meant the stats would not look good for Weslyan. Still, the touchdowns count for six points. The Wolves had four of those.
Brandon Gilliam started it with a one yard TD run in the first quarter. Eric Sunderman almost caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, but he fumbled it in the end zone. Rodney Morris jumped on the football to make it 17-0. Wesleyan took a 26-0 lead in the third quarter after Morris caught a 49-yard TD pass of his own. Later in the third quarter, quarterback Will Anderson (12-for-24 195 yards) and Yost linked up for a 64-yard TD catch to give Weslayan a 33-0 lead.
Yost led the Wolves in rushing (four carries, 22 yards) and receiving (two catches, 74 yards).
The sloppy conditions, however, did not affect Wesleyan nearly as much. Sunderman was 3-for-4 on field goals, ranging between 25 and 35 yards. He only missed on one extra point.
The Wesleyan defense has held six of its past seven opponents to 14 points or less. The Wolves have won five in a row.