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Wesleyan falls on the road to No. 1 Calhoun

CALHOUN -- Wesleyan came into Friday night's game feeling fresh off a bye week to end the regular season, and the Wolves certainly got off to a great start after driving down to the Yellow Jacket 5-yard line on the opening drive before settling for a 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.

However, mistakes and missed opportunities early in the game continued to mount for Wesleyan as it fell into a hole before eventually falling to the No. 1 Yellow Jackets 42-10.

"We certainly dug a hole," Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. "Calhoun is a great team. They had better personnel at a few key positions, but they didn't outfight us tonight."

After Wesleyan took the early 3-0 lead, Calhoun needed just five plays to drive down the field and score. Quarterback Taylor Lamb, a South Alabama commitment, completed a 43-yard pass and eventually would run in from 1 yard out to give the Yellow Jackets the lead 7-3. When the ensuing Wesleyan possession stalled, the Wolves caught a break as Calhoun muffed the punt and they took the ball over at the Calhoun 15. But after three straight incompletions, the Wolves missed a 37-yard field goal and opportunity was gone.

The Yellow Jackets needed less than a minute to respond as Lamb found Josh Barnes open up the seam for a 54-yard touchdown pass and the 14-3 lead.

On the very next Calhoun drive, Lamb struck once again as he scored his third of four touchdowns on an 8-yard run to make the score 21-3. Lamb, the son of longtime Furman University and current Mercer University head coach Bobby Lamb, finished the game 17 of 21 for 238 yards while also running five times for 32 yards and two touchdowns.

"He's been doing things like that to opponents all year," Pridgen said. "He comes from a football family and he is athletic and a very savvy player that can hurt you in a number of ways."

After Lamb scored his second running touchdown of the night, Wesleyan quarterback Will Anderson had a little bit of bad luck as he threw a perfect pass that went right off the hands of his receiver and right into the hands of the Calhoun defender. Calhoun took over at the Wesleyan 20-yard line, but missed a 44 yard field goal to give the Wolves some new life. That opportunity would also be rather short lived though, as the Wolves fumbled at their own 26-yard line on the very first play following the missed field goal.

This time, Calhoun would take advantage as running back Alex Urbano punched it in from 7 yards out for the touchdown and a 28-3 advantage.

Urbano scored once more, this time from the 1-yard line with just nine seconds left before the half to give the Yellow Jackets a 35-3 halftime lead. Lamb added his fourth touchdown of the night when he connected with Brett Moss for a 7-yard score.

Wesleyan's lone touchdown of the night came on a beautifully thrown ball from Anderson to Jahmai Jones for a 24 yard score late in the third quarter.

The Wesleyan offense was never able to get anything going on the ground against a very fast Calhoun defense. Wesleyan ran for just 24 yards on 18 carries, but did have limited success throwing the ball.

"We were able to move the ball on them, but they stopped us when they needed to," Pridgen said. "I just feel really bad for our seniors."