PREVIEW: Brookstone at Wesleyan

Wesleyan's #25 Rhett Delk

Wesleyan's #25 Rhett Delk

Brookstone Cougars (4-A)

Coach: Brad Dehem

Record: 2-0

Last week: Had a bye

Wesleyan Wolves (6-AA)

Coach: Franklin Pridgen

Record: 2-1

Last week: Beat Stone Mountain 30-19

It’s Homecoming night at Wesleyan, even for a few Brookstone coaches. First-year Cougars head coach Brad Dehem spent the previous six years as a Wesleyan assistant, five as offensive coordinator. His offensive coordinator, James McKeel, was previously the Wolves’ offensive line coach. Brookstone’s headmaster, Brian Kennerly, was the longtime head coach of a state championship Wesleyan boys cross country team before heading for Columbus.

Those relationships didn’t set up Friday's game. Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen scheduled the game before Dehem and McKeel were hired this past offseason.

“Brad is one of my closest friends and I told him this week it’s like two halves of the same brain competing against each other, like we’re trying to beat ourselves,” Pridgen said. “I never would have scheduled this game if I had known Brad and James would be down there. We know their philosophies, but if there’s any advantage it’s that they know our personnel and we don’t know theirs, just what we see on tape.”

Dehem is off to a great start as Brookstone’s coach, beating Columbus and Mt. Paran in his first two games. Wesleyan is off to a solid start, too, against a non-region schedule full of bigger schools. The Wolves were led last week by Rhett Delk, who had 11 tackles, five for losses, an interception, a safety and a 42-yard punting average.

Last meeting: Wesleyan won 16-6 in 2001

Directions to the 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.