Wesson Cobras invade St. Andrew’s

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Wesson Cobras face their toughest Region 6-2A test of theseason Friday night when they invade St. Andrew’s to meetsensational running back Bradford Blackmon and the Saints. The gamebegins at 7:30 p.m.

In other area action, Franklin County is at Columbia, LawrenceCounty visits Terry, North Pike invades Wilkinson County, McCombentertains Mendenhall, Tylertown hosts South Pike, Hazlehursttravels to Jackson Bailey and Yazoo County entertains CrystalSprings.

Wesson head coach Tommy Clopton has scouted the St. Andrew’steam. The Saints and the Cobras are both 2-0 in the region and 6-1on the season. St. Andrew’s is ranked No. 9 and Wesson is No. 10 inthe Associated Press Class 2A Prep Poll.

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“(Bradford) Blackmon (5-9, 165) is a versatile athlete,” saidClopton. “He runs it (football). They can throw it to him.”(Conway) Craig (6-2, 210) is the center piece of what they do. Mostsuccessful offenses have a good quarterback. He runs the option andcan throw out of the shotgun.

They are a fast football team,” continued Clopton. “They’re fastand aggressive. One of our biggest challenges is matching theirintensity.”

Clopton added that the Cobras need to play the brand of footballthat has gotten them where they are.

“We need to continue to do things well,” said Clopton. “Not giveup big plays on defense. Not to beat ourselves. We have beensuccessful. We try to play fundamentally sound football. We line upand get after it.”

In the win over Amite County, DAILY LEADER Offensive Player ofthe Week Roy Williams directed Wesson’s running game with 22carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. Ralph Brothern rushed 10times for 65 yards.

On defense, Beau Wilson led Wesson with 16 tackles. DanielWatson made 11 stops. Williams returned an interception 18 yardsfor a TD.

Last year, St. Andrew’s shut out Wesson 27-0.

Lawrence County whipped Columbia 49-20 innon-region action last Friday. The Monticello-based Cougars (4-3,2-1) visit a tough Region 6-4A foe in the Terry Bulldogs. Terry isranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Class 4A.

“Terry is just big and physical,” said Lawrence County headcoach Mike Davis. “They have athletes that are just playmakers. Thetwo Dixon Brothers and the little quarterback do a good job. Thelittle running back does a good job for them.

“Their defense is kind of big up front and gets to the ball,’continued Davis. “They look better this year than last year. We arelooking forward to the challenge.”

In the win over Columbia, Kendrick Hardy rushed 14 times for 113yards and a touchdown. Will Harris carried seven times for 69yards. Isaiah Ferdinand scored 16-yard touchdown and returned akickoff 91 yards for a TD

Cougar quarterback Ryan McCall completed 3 of 9 passes for 89yards. Mackenzie Woods caught two passes for 68 yards.

Last season, Terry clipped Lawrence County 30-23.

Franklin County smashed North Pike 33-7 inRegion 7-3A action last week and prepares for a road trip toColumbia. Coach Grady McCluskey’s Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the APClass Poll, improved to 3-0 in the region and 6-1 on theseason.

Columbia comes into the game 2-5 on the season and 2-1 in regionaction.

Bulldog Preston Griffith rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries andscored a touchdown in the win over North Pike. Alex Smith followedwith 13 carries for 65 yards. Smith collected 137 all-purposeyards.

Brandon Collins led the Bulldog defense with nine tackles, afumble recovery, a sack and a pass deflection.

Franklin County nipped Columbia 27-18 last year.

North Pike makes a visit to Woodville to faceoff against winless Wilkinson County. Coach Adam Barron’s Jaguarsstand 0-3 in region play and have a 3-4 worksheet on theseason.

Wilkinson County (0-7, 0-3) was shut out by Tylertown 41-0 lastFriday.

In the loss to Franklin County, T.J. Johnson led the way with 50yards on 5-of-18 passing.

Defensively, North Pike was led by Jimmy Robinson’s seventackles.

In last season’s game, North Pike bested Wilkinson County22-12.

McComb’s scheduled game last Friday at PortGibson was postponed when the officiating crew did not show up. Thedecision on when the game will be played, if at all, will be madeby the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

Coach Randy Martin’s McComb Tigers are back at home Friday toentertain Mendenhall. In a Region 6-4A battle between Tiger teams,McComb comes into the game 5-1 and 2-0 while Mendenhall stands 2-2in region action and is 4-3 overall. McComb is ranked No. 9 in thisweek’s AP Class 4A.

Last week, Mendenhall squashed region foe Florence 29-8.

Mendenhall crushed McComb 26-7 last year.

South Pike is coming off a 27-13 Region 7-3Avictory over West Marion. The Magnolia-based Eagles, coached byRandall Huffman, invade Tylertown for a big region test Friday.

South Pike pounded Tylertown 34-14 last year.

Hazlehurst, the defending Class 3A statefootball champion, squashed Richland 68-26 in a Region 6-3A battlelast Friday. Under first-year head coach Vernon Perry, the Indiansstand 2-1 in the region and 4-2 on the season.

Jackson Bailey (0-7, 0-4) was stomped by region rival Raymond40-8 Thursday night.

In last year’s contest, Hazlehurst annihilated Jackson Bailey57-0.

Crystal Springs lost a non-region test to VelmaJackson last Friday by a score of 21-20. Coach David Virgil’sTigers (6-2, 3-0) face a tough match on the road at Yazoo County(6-1, 4-0).

Last season, Crystal Springs slipped past Yazoo County36-35.