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J.D. Chipman

PEACHTREE CORNERS — Wesleyan’s football team fell behind early, and trailed at halftime, but it kept fighting.

The efforts paid off in the second half as the Wolves remained unbeaten with a 19-7 victory over visiting Douglass. Wesleyan, last year’s Class A Private runner-up, is 3-0 this season.

“It was a huge, gut-check, character win for Wesleyan over a triple-A, playoff-bound team,” Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said.

Douglass led 7-0 early, but Wesleyan inched back into the game on 28- and 37-yard field goals from Brooks Sturgeon that trimmed the margin to 7-6 by halftime. Sturgeon also averaged 42 yards on punts and put four of his five punts inside the Douglass 20-yard line.

“That made a huge difference in the field-position game,” Pridgen said.

Griffin Caldwell led the Wesleyan offense with 27 carries for 90 yards. Wyatt Hodges had four catches for 74 yards and the go-ahead touchdown catch in the third quarter.

J.D. Chipman (16 tackles) and Tanner Bivins (eight tackles) were among the Wolves’ defensive standouts. An interception return for a TD by Drew Ball sealed the Wesleyan victory.

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