Otho’s 4 TDs lead Wesson over Jackets

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2005

WESSON — A lot of the football fans in Stone Stadium Fridaynight were expecting a big performance from talented 1,000-yardrunning back Terrell May of Enterprise.

Instead, what they got was a break-out performance from Wessontailback Otho Smith who exploded for four touchdowns to lead theCobras in a tough 32-6 win over the visiting Yellow Jackets on ahot, humid Mississippi night. Smith, a junior who stands 6-foot-1and weighs 180 pounds, ignited the Cobra offense with 20 carriesfor 201 yards.

Besides the sweaty conditions, the teams, officials and fans hadto deal with a football scoreboard which was not working. Thecoaches and officials were unaware of the situation until time forthe game to start. Time had to be kept on the field by theofficiating crew who did an admirable job making good of a badsituation.

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Wesson finished with 409 yards total offense, with 360 yardscoming on 41 rushes.

“Otho had a real good game,” said Wesson head coach TommyClopton following the game. “I thought we came out and executed inthe first half. We had some big plays. I thought our kids playedhard. We jumped out to a good lead at halftime.”

May, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior, had a rough opening-nightagainst the Cobra defense who held him to 20 carries for 82 yardsand a touchdown.

Smith scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to help theCobras to an early 12-0 lead. Smith’s touchdowns came on runs of 56and 6-yards. Both PAT kicks failed.

In the second quarter, sophomore running back Roy Williamsexploded for a 23-yard score and Smith followed with a 3-yardplunge. Chance Peets ran for a two-point conversion, making thehalftime score 26-0 over the Jackets.

“Once Wesson scored, we lost our focus,” said Enterprise headcoach Roe Burns. “In the third quarter, we played good.

“Wesson has a good team. They played a clean football game.”

The Jackets came out in the third quarter and had their onlysuccessful scoring drive of the night, capped by a nine-yard TD runby May.

“We relaxed in the third quarter,” said Clopton. “We have tolearn to be a four-quarter team.”

The Cobras’ final score came on a one-yard plunge by Smith inthe fourth quarter.

“I thought Enterprise was well coached,” added Clopton. “I thinkwe had a few more kids we could keep on the field than theydid.”

In the second half, several players from both teams sufferedfrom leg cramps due to the hot, humid conditions.

Defensively, senior Bobby Harris led Wessonwith nine tackles. Making eight stops was Peets. Phillip Freemanand Mack Jackson collected six tackles apiece. Jackson alsointercepted a pass.

Enterprise was led by junior Colby Sullivan with eight tackles.Wayne Nations had seven tackles. Making six stops each were BronsonRussell and Hunter Boyd.

Wesson (1-0) travels to West Lincoln (0-1) and Enterprise (0-1)hosts Loyd Star (1-0) in action Friday night. The Wesson-WestLincoln game begins at 7 p.m.