Prince Avenue Christian School doesn’t lose home regular season football games. Friday the Wolverines suffered their first regular season loss at Brad Akins Field since Sept. 19 2015 at the hands of Wesleyan 24-14.
Last year when the Wolverines defeated Wesleyan twice, the second time to knock the Wolves from the Class A Private quarterfinals, quarterback Brock Vandagriff ran wild, literally and statistically.
Friday, the Wolverines got going in that direction again early on.
The Wolverines’ junior signal caller was 8-for-9 with 73 yards and a touchdown pass in the first two series and the Wolverines appeared to have the momentum and a 7-0 lead to boot.
Brock was again on his way to a productive night against the Wolves but it looked and felt different. The Wolverines moved methodically and precisely down the field with quick short, but calculated bursts to their multiple options at the wide receiver position.
Over the next two possessions Brock developed a limp and appeared to be favoring his leg after a run on the first drive of the game.
He was able to finish the game 31-for-44 with 322 yards and 2 touchdowns and two interceptions despite being limited in his mobility for much of the final three quarters on Friday. The Wolverines built themselves a 14-0 lead heading to the locker room at halftime.
Turnovers provided the fuel for the Wolves’ 24 unanswered points in the second half. The Wolverines committed four turnovers in the second half alone and five on the night. Two of them interceptions along with two turnovers on downs including one on the 1-yard line of the Wolves with a little over two minutes remaining in the game.
A fumble on the Wolves’15-yard line became magnified in price after the Wolves rattled off 24 straight points in the second half. Prior to the fumble the Wolverines were threatening to take a 21-0 lead into the half. PACS head coach Greg Vandagriff admits that the turnover that stung the Wolverines’ momentum the most on Friday night.
Greg felt the Wolverines’ response to the building adversity was a bit off putting at least for Friday night.
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