ECI Falls In Class A Championship 33-21

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Saturday, December 13, 2008. (AP) -- Kyle Karempelis scored three touchdowns as Wesleyan won its first Georgia High School Association football title with a 33-21 victory over defending Class A champion Emanuel County Institute on Saturday.

Karempelis had a 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 27-yarder in the third quarter and scored the clinching TD in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard pass from Conor Welton.

The victory snapped ECI's 29-game winning streak dating to last season and was Wesleyans 12th in a row after starting the season 1-2.

Washun Ealey, who holds the GHSA records for touchdowns in a season and in a career, had TD runs of 4, 2 and 4 yards, plus a two-point conversion. Ealey, who has committed to the University of Georgia, finished with 98 yards 21 carries.

ECI (14-1) had hope when Ealey scored his second touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter and added the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 26-15. But Wesleyan (13-2) marched down the field and Karempelis scored his third TD on a pass from Welton.

Karempelis had 135 yards on 18 rushes and caught four passes for 46 yards. Welton was 12 of 16 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Anderson Porter for Wesleyans first TD from 27 yards out.

Ahead 14-7 at halftime, Wesleyan started the second half with a defensive TD as Merritt Hall caused a fumble and Carter Garrison ran 41 yards for the score.

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