Southwest spoils Co-Lin’s homecoming
WESSON — The stage was set for a Co-Lin homecoming victory butthe Southwest Community College Bears had other plans. Powered by a2-touchdown effort from running back Joe Tobias, and the clutchpassing of quarterback Wally Cummins, the Bears wrecked thecelebration Saturday in Stone Stadium, whipping the Wolfpack26-7.
Southwest (2-7, 1-5), winning its first South Division game ofthe season, handed Co-Lin (1-8, 0-6) its eighth straight setback.The Wolves managed just 198 yards total offense, with 145 yardscoming via the rush.
“Our kids played hard and took advantage of what Co-Lin wasgiving us,” said Southwest head coach Dom Green. “Co-Lin is so bigup front (defensive line) we had to spread them out. Coach (Ryan)Ross did a good job of calling the plays.”
Cummins (6-3, 225), a freshman from Madison-Ridgeland Academy,caught Green’s eye in Tuesday’s scrimmage and drew the startingassignment. Cummins had his first pass intercepted by cornerbackMichael Blackwell but he regrouped and completed 11 of 24 for 143yards and 1 touchdown.
“Wally performed really well in the scrimmage,” said Green. “Hemade some good plays today.”
Tobias (5-11, 215), a sophomore from Loranger, La., ran like araging bull. He carried the football 23 times for 114 yards,breaking several tackles along the way.
A 4-yard TD run by Tobias and a PAT kick by Royce Fonte gainedSouthwest a 7-7 deadlock with 21 seconds left in the first quarter.The Bears went ahead for good when Cummins hooked up with JessieBurton for 21 yards and a TD. Burton made a leaping catch at theCo-Lin 5-yard line and took it in.
The Bears led 14-7 with 9:24 left in the first half.
Southwest added to Co-Lin’s misery and gained momentum whenfreshman Michael Lewis pulled in a Beau Billeck punt at his 32-yardline and raced 68 yards to the end zone. Lewis stumbled and wentsprawling across the track when Billeck shoved him out of boundsbut the damage already had been done as the Bears took a 20-7advantage to the dressing room.
Early in the third quarter, Southwest capitalized on a fumblewhich was recovered at the Co-Lin 42. Four plays later, Tobiascrashed over left tackle and rumbled 16 yards to the end zone.
Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis was disappointed by his team’sperformance on an unseasonably warm afternoon. Co-Lin’s starreceiver, Daryl Johnson, didn’t come out of the field house for thesecond half because of a disagreement with Davis. His future statuswith the team hasn’t been determined.
“We missed tackles on those returns,” said Davis. “We haven’tdone real well against passing teams this season. We lost our twobest cornerbacks in the Gulf Coast game,” referring to MarcusCorley and Charles McCray.
Sophomore running back Julius Roberson led Co-Lin’s attack with111 rushing yards on 25 carries. His 3-yard scoring run and ChrisBlackwell’s PAT kick had put the Wolves on top 7-0 with 3:52 leftin the first quarter.
Freshman Fredrick Williams followed Roberson with 8 carries for27 yards.
Billeck completed 8 for 21 passes for 45 yards and threw 1interception. Leon Stewart caught 2 passes for 18 yards. Johnsonhad 3 catches for 18 yards before his departure.