WESLEYAN WOLVES (6-AA)
Coach: Franklin Pridgen
Last week: Lost to Salem 26-0
STONE MOUNTAIN PIRATES (6-AAAA)
Coach: Dante Ferguson
Last week: Beat North Atlanta 26-13
After a rough game last week against Salem, a 26-0 loss, Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen had a serious talk with the team. The Wolves responded with an excellent practice Monday and carried it through the week.
“Our kids, when I challenge them, they rise to the occasion,” Pridgen said. “We have such a young team, such an inexperienced team, I’ve found it’s more and more clear that we need to learn how to practice and learn how to compete. They are learning those lessons. I expect us to play far better than we did last week.”
Wesleyan came very close to winning its opener, falling short in the fourth quarter against Holy Innocents’.
Stone Mountain also lost its first game, badly, to GAC, but rebounded with a win over North Atlanta last week. Stone Mountain has an athletic line and Pridgen said the Pirates are a much more dangerous team than they were a year ago.
“The strength of our team has always been at the line of scrimmage this season,” Pridgen said. “It’s where our experience is. But we’ve got to perform better, especially on the defensive side.”
Another point of focus will be how the Wolves handle Stone Mountain’s speed on the outside. Leading the way there should be senior corner John Adent, who had eight tackles last week.
“We are healthy and eager and prepared,” Pridgen said.
Last meeting: Wesleyan won 30-19 last year
Directions to Wesleyan: 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.