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September 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm.

Eagles visit Wake during short week

Their first two games easily in their pocket, Boston College begins its real schedule with a Thursday night visit to Wake Forest.

The Eagles disposed of local foes Massachusetts and Holy Cross by a combined count of 117-35 — with star running back AJ Dillon logging less than three quarters — and now start their ACC slate with an important road game.

It’s one they would appear to have a chance to win — if they even play with a hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas.

“I think all these things are in discussion at this point,” coach Steve Addazio said Monday. “I’m not privy to exactly the details in my mind. I’m going to play a game on Thursday night and be prepared for anything that may come our way.”

The preseason conference poll had the Eagles picked fourth in the six-team Atlantic Division, ahead of the Demon Deacons.

Wake has also opened the season 2-0, with one win over an FBS team — 23-17 at Tulane — and the other against an FCS opponent — 51-20 over Towson in Week 2.

“Sam Hartman, the quarterback, is playing at a high level,” Addazio said. “(Greg) Dortch is a dominant ACC receiver and return man. They’ve got a quality offensive line, terrific running back. I think they’re very talented on the offensive side of the ball and a challenging scheme.”

And this is the first real test for the BC offense.

Dillon caught his first college pass and it was good for a touchdown in the first game. In Week 2, he ran for 149 yards on just six carries, scoring three touchdowns — including a 74-yarder — as BC again ran away early.

“That running back is something special,” said Holy Cross coach Bob Chesney. “What a future — the strength, the speed. They’re coached well, they played well, a little bit too much for us. Very good team we don’t necessarily see the likes of.”

Dillon and quarterback Anthony Brown left after the first half against UMass and didn’t even finish the first quarter against Holy Cross — coach Steve Addazio clearly thinking about having another game coming in five days.

“I thought we played well early when it mattered,” Addazio said. “We got guys off the field. We got a very, very short week this week. The goal was as soon as we could get them off, we would get them off. Maybe got them off a little too early. But I wanted to err on that side as opposed to the other. So that’s what we did.”

Addazio could be seen talking to Dillon on the sideline, saying, “I just said to him, ‘Hey, what a heck of a job you just did. I’m pulling you out of the game (smiling). I want to keep you healthy.’ We got to get ready for what’s ahead.”

Wake quarterback Sam Hartman has completed 48 passes, four for touchdowns, in the first two games — 34 of the catches and one of the scores by Greg Dortch and Sage Surratt.