Unbeaten McLaurin mauls Wesson

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 11, 2004

FLORENCE — If the Wesson Cobras (2-5, 1-1) season thus far wasa book, chapters one and two would be turnovers and injuries. Thebanged up Wesson Cobras could not muster any red zone offense on amessy night in Star and fell hard to the fierce and unbeatenMcLaurin Tigers (7-0, 2-0) 34-6.

On a night that saw the Cobras battle injuries to their top twotailbacks, Brian Channell (ankle) and Roy Williams (neck), theTigers took to the air for big play offense that stymied the Cobracomeback all evening. Between the 30s, the Cobras looked like adivision leader. However, once settled near the red zone theystalled and sputtered in the mud.

“We have said all year to win big games you have to eliminatethe turnovers and big plays,” explained Cobra head coach TommyClopton. “We did neither tonight.”

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The first half was an aerial show for the Tigers as quarterbackTyler Warren hit tight end Ben Lugo on a 14-yard dump pass andtwice hit wideout Shaun Brown on scoring strikes of 2 and 50 yardsrespectively.

The Cobras moved the football well but could not escape a hugefumble and interception that killed 2 drives dead in their tracks.Ryan Odom would kick 2 of 3 PATs in the first half and the Tigersled 20-0.

In the third period, the Tigers added another touchdown fromfullback Tyler Boggs who dove in from 1-yard out after rumbling for49 yards on the previous play. The Odom kick was good and theTigers led 27-0 with 3:19 left in the 3rd.

After another Cobra fumble, the Tigers capitalize late in the4th quarter when Warren accounted for his 4th TD of the evening ona 1-yard QB sneak. Odom kicked the PAT and the Tigers’ lead was34-0 with 3:22 left in the game.

The Cobras got some excitement at the end of the game when OthoSmith broke free for a 67-yard kickoff return to set up a fullbackBlake Brister 1-yard dive play with 2:17 left in the game. Bristerwould kick his own PAT to end the scoring at 34-6.

“We played hard,” stated Clopton. “We just played a goodfootball team tonight, so we have to go home and get it togetherand prepare for a good St. Andrew’s team.”

Offensively, the Cobras were led by Brister who pounded out 74yards on 19 carries and a score. Channell and Williams chipped in46 and 63 yards on the ground respectively before their exit.

Defensively, the Cobras were led once again byhard hitting linebacker Bobbie Harris who had 13 stops on theevening. Tackle Phillip Freeman and linebacker Tuffy Thompsonrecorded 12 tackles each. Cornerback Landon Beasley recovered afumble for the Cobras.

The Cobras division journey gets no easier Friday night as theyhost the undefeated St. Andrew’s Saints at Stone Stadium in Wesson.Game time is 7:30.