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Co-Lin fans cherish win over Pearl River

Please don’t wake me up.

I’m dreaming about the Copiah-Lincoln Community College footballteam. After two dismal single win seasons, the Wolfpack suddenlysprings to life. There is bite in their growl and lightning intheir step.

Rushing into the 2006 campaign, they whip Northwest andarchrival Southwest. Then they ambush No. 1 and defending statechampion Pearl River in Stone Stadium. Excited students, overcomewith joy, attempt to tear down the goal posts. There is dancing inthe streets. The next day is declared a holiday on the Co-Lincampus.

Suddenly, the alarm clock beeps loudly and my deep slumber isjolted back to reality.

Whoa!

Can it be a dream come true?

Co-Lin actually did beat Pearl River 31-21. The ‘Pack (3-1) isperched atop the South Division standings with a 2-0 record. Theyare ranked No. 16 in the nation.

There is joy on the Co-Lin campus. Students are smiling morethan usual. The long-suffering faithful can be button-popping proudof their team again. Oh, it feels so good.

Third-year Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis realizes that his teammust focus on the difficult schedule ahead, starting withSaturday’s game at Gulf Coast in Perkinston. The Bulldogs don’tlose on their home turf very often. To say the least, it will be adifficult test.

Meanwhile, Professor Hoopla B.S., looked a little bruised andbattered after last weekend’s fearless football forecast. Hepredicted the winners of 30 games and missed 9, including 6 on thelocal scene.

On the bright side, Hoopla extends congratulations toMississippi State’s win-starved Bulldogs. Also, pregame condolencesas they prepare to invade LSU’s Death Valley.

Hoopla submitted this list of weekend winners, starting with aThursday night community college special.

Mississippi Delta at Southwest: Trojans are contendersfor the North Division title. Delta 21-10.

Brookhaven at Florence: Pass-happy Eagles areintercepted by the Panthers: Brookhaven 28-7.

Prentiss Christian at Brookhaven Academy: A win over theSaints should clinch the District 6-AA title for the Cougars.Brookhaven Academy 42-12.

Bogue Chitto at West Lincoln: Bobcats must win the restof their games to stay in contention for the Region 4-1A crown.Bogue Chitto 31-13.

Loyd Star at Wesson: There is no love lost between thesearchrivals. On paper, the Cobras are too fast and too strong forHornets. Wesson 44-14.

Stringer at Enterprise: Red Devils bring their insectspray to Cole Field. Stringer 35-16.

Neshoba Central at McComb: Homecoming brings out thebest in the Tigers. McComb 49-7.

Franklin County at West Marion: Fresh from a big win atSouth Pike, the Bulldogs continue their victorious ways. FranklinCounty 35-10.

Mendenhall at Lawrence County: Whoever makes the mostturnovers loses this Region 6-4A test. Lawrence County21-20.

In other area games, South Pike should swamp WilkinsonCounty 42-6, Ouachita, La. should dump Hazlehurst 28-21, Parklaneshould pound Presbyterian Christian 35-10, Crystal Springs shouldsink Jefferson County 30-12 and Rebul Academy should boot Union22-0. North Pike and Copiah Academy have open dates torecuperate.

Co-Lin at Gulf Coast: Don’t overlook the Bulldogs in theSouth Division race., Gulf Coast 28-21.

Georgia at Ole Miss: Bulldogs dodged an upset last weekagainst Colorado so they should be focused for this SEC contest.Georgia 42-10.

Mississippi State at LSU: Bayou Bengals toy with theBulldogs. LSU 49-12.

Jackson State at Texas Southern: Tigers chalk up anothervictory in Houston. Jackson State 28-12.

Southern Miss at Tulsa: Golden Eagles are starting tolike these Tuesday night TV specials. USM 27-14.

In other Magnolia State action, Hardin-Simmons shouldtake Mississippi College 20-13, Morehouse should dump Alcorn State30-7 in Los Angeles, Bethel should bag Belhaven 20-9, Delta Stateshould kick Southern Arkansas 24-20, Concordia should clip ValleyState 28-19, and Millsaps should stop Lincoln 17-10.

In the SEC, Florida over Alabama 29-14, Auburn overSouth Carolina 35-10, Kentucky over Central Michigan 30-7,Tennessee over Memphis 33-13 and Vanderbilt over Temple 28-9.Arkansas has an open date to savor its overtime win overAlabama.