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Wesleyan at Lovett preview

Wesleyan’s Jordan Argilagos

Wesleyan’s Jordan Argilagos

WESLEYAN WOLVES (6-AA)

Coach: Franklin Pridgen

Record: 2-6, 1-1 region

Last week: Lost to Westminster 35-14

LOVETT LIONS (6-AA)

Coach: Mike Muschamp

Record: 6-1, 1-0 region

Last week: Beat Hapeville Charter 49-0

Wesleyan knew the last three weeks of the season were going to be a gauntlet. Part I certainly was. The Wolves had a two-game winning streak snapped by a well-prepared Westminster team last Friday.

But there were some bright spots. Wesleyan’s young team fought hard and a new threat at running back emerged.

“I appreciate our kids effort in the second half,” head coach Franklin Pridgen said. “They could have folded the tent and they didn’t.”

Sophomore tailback Jordan Argilagos was a wide receiver on the scout team a week ago. The Wolves needed a volunteer to play running back on the scout team offense in preparation for the game against Westminster and Argilagos stepped up.

“He has a great attitude and he wants to contribute,” Pridgen said. “He was moving and ducking and cutting (in practice). Next thing, he’s rushing for 156 yards and two touchdowns,” Pridgen said. “I couldn’t be happier for him.”

The Wolves will need that, and more, against Lovett on Friday. The Lions rattled off five straight wins to start the season before losing in overtime to Washington County. Rested after a bye week, Lovett crushed Hapeville Charter last Friday. Led by tailback Grant Haley, a Vanderbilt commitment, and quarterback Will Candler, the Lions are a formidable challenge.

“They are probably as good, if not better, at the skill positions than Westminster,” Pridgen said. “There’s no disillusionment about who we are and what’s in front of us.”

Last meeting: Lovett won 24-21 last year

Directions to Lovett: I-85 south to I-285 west to I-75 south, take exit 256 for Mount Paran Road toward Northside Parkway. Merge onto Mount Paran Road and turn right on Paces Ferry Road. School is on the right.