Wilson powers Ole Brook win
Published 6:00 am Monday, October 31, 2005
Charles Wilson complimented his offensive line for opening theholes Friday night on King Field. Wilson produced 234 rushing yardsand 2 touchdowns in Ole Brook’s 42-20 triumph over the KosciuskoWhippets.
“Kosciusko was overplaying us,” said Wilson. “You could tellthey had watched the film, because they were calling our plays. Ouroffense just executed and the line blocked well.”
On a cold Friday night, the Panthers (5-4) made the best oftheir final home field appearance, winning their fourth straightgame for the large, partisan crowd. Sophomore quarterback BoboRancifer overcame 3 interceptions with a 3-touchdown rushingperformance.
The Panthers broke open a close game with a 21-point fourthquarter. Senior cornerback Anthony Caffie gave Ole Brook a momentumboost when he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown and a 28-17lead.
“A lot of players gave me some good blocks,” said Caffie, in theclamor of the dressing room. “It felt good to score thattouchdown.”
Ole Brook head coach Tucker Peavey agreed. “That punt return washuge. We were struggling at times on offense. We were able to runthe football well.
“Charles and Bobo did a good job running the ball,” Peaveyadded. “We played good defense all night.”
Of primary concern was Kosciusko’s explosive passing attack, ledby sophomore quarterback Kendrick Presley and all-state widereceiver Terry Levy. Ole Brook safety R.J. Jenkins and linebackerBart Sias came up with interceptions as the Panthers limitedKosciusko to just 47 yards passing.
Jenkins intercepted a halfback pass by Jemarley Atterberry justbefore halftime. Sias made his theft in the end zone, erasing athird-quarter threat after Kosciusko had realized a first-and-goalat Ole Brook’s 7.
“I was doing my assignment and I saw the ball,” said Sias. “Ithought I might take it back all the way.”
Sias said the Panthers had prepared for Kosciusko’s passingattack. “We worked on pass defense all week. Everybody did theirjob.”
On an off night for passing, Rancifer made his presence feltwith the rush. He scored three touchdowns on runs of 5, 33 and 8yards. Rancifer rushed 11 times for 133 yards but was 2 of 10passing, with 3 interceptions.
Levy, who has verbally committed to sign with Ole Miss inFebruary, got the Whippets on the scoreboard first. He snared abatted Rancifer pass and returned it 53 yards for a TD. TaylorPutt’s PAT kick was blocked by Caffie and Kosy led 6-0.
Ole Brook’s offense got in gear after Rancifer’s secondinterception. The Panthers stopped Presley for a 2-yard loss at theOle Brook 27 on fourth down.
Ten plays later, Rancifer ran off right tackle, faked a defenderand crossed the goal line. Will Thibodeaux’s PAT kick put thePanthers up 7-6 with 10:53 left in the first half.
The Whippets’ capitalized on Caffie’s fumbled punt return at theOle Brook 20-yard line. Putt booted a 32-yard field goal and histeam led 9-7.
Ole Brook marched 68 yards after the ensuing kickoff. Ranciferraced the final 33 yards, cutting back across the field andscoring. Ole Book led 14-9. at halftime.
In the third quarter, Atterberry set up Kosy’s go-ahead TD whenhe intercepted Rancifer and returned the ball to Ole Brook’s 18.Presley scored over left guard and then hit Levy with a rainbow PATpass for a 17-14 lead.
Ole Brook responded with a 5-play, 62-yard scoring drive. Wilsonplunged the final 2 yards over right guard. Thibodeaux’s PAT madeit 21-17.
“Our kids played hard but Brookhaven is bigger and stronger thanus right now,” said Kosciusko coach John Perry who started only 3seniors. “Now we have to get back in the weight room.”
After Caffie’s punt return for a TD, Rancifer and Wilson scoredagain in the fourth quarter, going 8 and 36 yards respectively.
The Panthers conclude regular-season play Friday night atLawrence County, meeting the Cougars in a Region 6-4A showdown.