NORCROSS — Though Wesleyan has yet to crack the win column this year it has excelled at winning in the effort category. Despite a stellar defensive effort, Wesleyan fell 7-0 to Jefferson County on Friday night.
“ I can’t say enough great things about the effort of our kids on both sides of the ball.” Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. “Certainly the defense is what kept us in the game, but the offense made some good plays.”
Both defenses played well as neither team was able to sustain any offensive momentum early on. Jefferson County (5-0) put plenty of pressure on the Wolves as it took ran almost twice as many plays (31-16) as Wesleyan in the opening half.
Despite the disparity in plays, Wesleyan’s defense stood strong holding the fort as the offense was limited to just 16 offensive snaps in the first half. The defense would keep the Wolves in the game as it held the Jefferson County attack to 32 yards through the air and 72 on the ground in the first two quarters.
The offense had its opportunities in the opening half, but Wesleyan, playing without its injured quarterback Christian Stark, could not sustain its offensive flow. Wesleyan (0-5) was held to 57 total yards.
Quarterback Drew Aspinwall played hard in Stark’s absence but was unable to get the big play that could’ve led to a score. Aspinwall played under control and was lauded by his coach for his poise.
“ He (Appinwall) is a pretty gutsy kid, smart, knew when to get rid of the ball, tonight was a gutsy performance.” Pridgen said.
However a late interception by Jefferson County put it in a great position to score and it would capitalize with a short Kobe Jackson touchdown run in the final minute for the only score of the night.
Despite the loss, Pridgen understands that his players have left everything on the field this season.
“ All week we have been talking about playing with discipline playing with consistency and intensity and I saw a lot of that … we have nothing to be ashamed of… moral victories are not what we’re after we are after wins on the scoreboard and those are going to come.”
The Wolves were paced by the 29 rush yards of Josh Garrard on a tough offensive night.
Jefferson Co. 0 0 0 7 - 7
Wesleyan 0 0 0 0 - 0
Jefferson County: Kobe Jackson 2 run (Seth O’Steen kick) :58