Co-Lin Wolves invade Northeast

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 2004

WESSON — Fresh from a season-opening road victory, the Co-LinWolves prepare for their longest journey of the season. They’re atBooneville Thursday night to meet the Northeast Community CollegeTigers. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

While Co-Lin was beating the Holmes Bulldogs 28-10 last Thursdaynight at Goodman, Northeast was escaping Southwest MississippiCommunity College with a 9-0 shutout victory at Summit.

New Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis was pleased with his team’sperformance on offense and defense. But he still saw plenty of roomfor improvement.

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Davis said he was encouraged by the performance of his offensiveline. “Our offensive line played hard. We did some good things andopened some holes. We were able to play seven or eight up front sothat enabled us to rotate and rest some of the linemen.”

Offensively, the Wolves got a solid performance from freshmanquarterback Beau Billeck and 138 rushing yards from sophomoreJulius Roberson of Mendenhall. Billeck, from Wesson by way of NewCastle, Ind., completed 7 of 10 passes for 78 yards and 1touchdown.

Billeck’s favorite receiver was freshman Darryl Johnson of NewOrleans. Johnson (6-1, 202) caught 4 passes for 57 yards and 1TD.

“I thought Billeck played steady,” said Davis. “He didn’t do anybad plays. We didn’t have that many penalties and turnovers.

“Julius Roberson ran well.” continued Davis. “He ran hard.”

Davis looked at Northeast’s defense on film and said he wasimpressed. “Defensively, Northeast is a little bit different fromwhat we saw last week. They will blitz a lot more than Holmes. Theyaren’t as big as Holmes but they are very aggressive.

“We have to get our hats (helmets) on the right people,” addedDavis. “Then we’ll have a good chance.”

Co-Lin defensive coordinator Brett Shufelt described the Tigers.”Northeast’s offense is a one back and four wide (receivers). Theyhave a lot of talent at receiver. Their running game is prettystrong, too.”

Shufelt said he expects Northeast to throw the ball. “Theyspread the field with their sets. They throw it a bunch oftimes.”

Against Southwest, Tiger quarterback Michael Edmiston completed8 of 13 passes for 68 yards. Edmiston (6-3, 215) is a freshman fromFayette, Tenn. Late in the game, Edmiston scored on a bustedplay.

The Tigers beat Southwest 9-0. “They should have beat themworse,” said Shufelt. “They fumbled the ball a couple of times inthe red zone. They are real fast, a lot quicker than Holmes.”

Co-Lin’s swarming Wolfpack defense played well in the opener,Against Holmes, linebacker Lewis Thompson led the ‘Pack with 7 solostops and 5 assists. Thompson (6-0, 200) is a sophomore fromJefferson County.

Ryland Wilson and Dennis Taylor recorded quarterback sacks.

Co-Lin cornerback Marcus Corley recovered a fumble caused bylinebacker Lemoine Robinson. Corley scooped up the fumble andscored.

“I was proud of the kids. They had a goal line stand which istough,” said Shufelt. “Then our offense drove 93 yards toscore.”

Northeast, coached by Andy Greening, finished 3-6 last year inhis first season at the helm. Sophomore wide receiver Emory Jones(6-4, 218) of Detroit, Mich., caught 7 passes for 48 yards againstSouthwest. Running back Abe Felix of Germantown, Tenn., rushed 21times for 81 yards.

Wolf Tails: Co-Lin hasn’t played Northeastsince 1999 when the Wolves prevailed 17-0 at Wesson.