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Anderson, Jones lead Wesleyan past Hapeville

Wesleyan's Will Anderson

Wesleyan's Will Anderson

HAPEVILLE -- Hapeville Charter couldn't keep up with Jahmai Jones on Friday night.

The Wesleyan receiver had a spectacular Region 6-AA opener, hauling in eight receptions for 143 yards and three scores as Wesleyan beat host Hapeville 37-20.

"Jahmai is a great target, we have to find more creative ways to get him the ball." Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said.

Wesleyan (4-3, 1-0 region) struck first after both teams exchanged punts to start the game. Quarterback Will Anderson, who passed for 251 yards, hit Jones on a 38-yard strike as Jones ran by Hapeville defenders and into the end zone.

"It was something that we saw on film," Jones said. "We tried to break down their coverage and run our routes and when I caught it I tried to run away from him and get into the end zone."

Hapeville (2-5, 0-1) got right back in the game as they returned the ensuing kickoff for a score. The Wolves extended their lead as Anderson and Jones hooked up again this time on a nine-yard pass to give Wesleyan a 14-6 advantage.

Jones capped his night off as he got behind the defender and caught a strike from Anderson in the third quarter.

"They (Anderson and Jones) have always been strong and have had a fantastic season so far this season," Pridgen said. "It's no surprise that they continue to excel."

Jones' total of 143 receiving yards more than doubled the production of Hapeville (66). The Wolves also held Hapeville to less than 10 passing yards through the first three quarters.

Even with the stellar performance of Jones and Anderson, Pridgen knows his team's success in the region lies in its ability to diversify.

"We have to be more versatile and take pressure off of Will," the coach said. "We have a great offensive coaching staff and I am very excited about the future."