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BREAKDOWN: Elbert County at Wesleyan

Elbert County Blue Devils (8-AA)

• Coach: Sid Fritts

• Record: 1-0

• Last week: Beat Stephens County 29-28

Wesleyan Wolves (5-A)

• Coach: Franklin Pridgen

• Record: 1-0

• Last week: Beat Seminole County 43-40

Both teams are coming off thrilling victories last Friday, with a combined four points deciding their two games. Wesleyan’s win came on a long road trip to Seminole County, a four-hour journey that ended with a 43-40 shootout. The Wolves went up by two scores at halftime last Friday, but the hosts overtook the lead late before a game-winning screen pass from Will Anderson to Rodney Morris that covered 65 yards. Anderson threw for 385 yards and five TDs in his first varsity start, while Morris broke a school record for yards receiving in a game at 165. Zander Yost (155 total yards, two TDs) also played well on offense and had two takeaways for an inexperienced defense. Eric Sunderman, only a kicker last season, broke out with five catches for 98 yards.

“There were 170 plays in the game, which is ridiculous,” Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. “We did a lot of growing up. I’m incredibly thankful for that trip and I’m glad we learned a lot. We’ll be better because of it.”

Mason Colquitt and Rhett Delk were bright spots in the opener for a youthful defense.

“We’re incredibly green, very inexperienced on defense,” Pridgen said. “I’m not at all thrilled with the points or the yardage we gave up. We did not tackle well. But we made steps when we needed to and forced some turnovers when we needed turnovers.”

Elbert is led by speedy running back Tyshon Dye.

• Last meeting: Wesleyan won 25-23 last year

• Directions to Wesleyan School: From I-85, take I-285 west to Peachtree Industrial Blvd./Ga. 141 north exit. Veer to the left on Peachtree Parkway/Ga. 141 and turn right on Spalding Drive. School is on the left.