ST. Joe at Wesson; McComb at LCHS

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Wesson Cobras return to Stone Stadium on the Co-Lin campusFriday night for their final home game of the regular season.Wesson faces the Madison St. Joseph Bruins in a key Region 6-2Acontest. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

In other area action, McComb is at Lawrence County, WilkinsonCounty invades Franklin County, Jefferson County travels toHazlehurst, West Marion is at North Pike, South Pike hosts Columbiaand Raymond visits Crystal Springs.

Wesson dropped a heart-breaking 43-40 regioncontest to St. Andrew’s for the first-place lead in the region lastFriday. The Cobras, coached by Tommy Clopton, are 2-1 in the regionand 6-2 overall.

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In this week’s Associated Press Class 2A Prep Poll, Wesson isranked No. 9.

St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2) recorded its first region win last Fridaywith a 32-13 victory over Loyd Star.

“St. Joe plays hard,” said Clopton. “They will run straight atyou. They will push the football. They played some early games withinjuries. Their people are getting healthy and are back on thefield.”

Wesson senior quarterback Micah Davis, the DAILY LEADER’SOffensive Player of the Week, powered the Cobras with 19 carriesfor 119 yards and a touchdown in the loss to St. Andrew’s. Daviscompleted 10 of 19 passes for two touchdowns.

Defensively, Roy Williams led the Cobras with 13 tackles. Ninestops were made by Daniel Watson, Beau Wilson, Otho Smith andDavis.

Last year, St. Joe clipped Wesson 16-13.

Lawrence County’s Cougars stuffed the Terry Bulldogs40-14 last Friday, knocking the previously undefeated Bulldogs outof the top spot in the Region 6-4A. The Monticello-based Cougars,coached by Mike Davis, improved to 3-1 in the region and 5-3 on theseason.

Lawrence hosts the McComb Tigers in a huge regionmatchup for both teams. Coach Randy Martin’s Tigers (6-1, 3-0) leadthe region standings this week and are ranked No. 7 in the AP Class4A Poll.

“McComb is big and fast,” said Davis. “They remind me of theFranklin County bunch. They keep you in tight. They have goodrunning backs and an elusive quarterback that is hard to get yourhands on. No. 22 (Demorius Stewart) is a big, physical, hard-nosedrunner with speed. He will run by you or through you. Coach Martinhas done a good job with those kids.

“Defensively, the Tigers line up in a type of even front,” addedDavis. “They come after you. They are a big, lean bunch that runsto the ball. We have to bring our A-game to compete against thesefolks. We better have our A-game Friday night. If we don’t, it’sgoing to be a long night. It’ll be a good night for high schoolfootball.”

Kendrick Hardy powered Lawrence County with 24 carries for 236yards and three touchdowns in the win over Terry. Collecting 103yards on 15 carries was Isaiah Ferdinand.

Last year, McComb dumped Lawrence County 33-17.

Franklin County entertains Region 7-3A opponentWilkinson County for homecoming Friday. The Meadville-basedBulldogs, coached by Grady McCluskey, improved to 4-0 in regionplay and 7-1 on the season.

Franklin County smashed region foe Columbia 28-0 lastweek. Wilkinson County fell to North Pike 34-6.

Powering Franklin over Columbia was Preston Griffith with 20carries for 138 yards. Bulldog quarterback Jamie Collins completed7 of 16 passes for 90 yards, including three completions for 45yards to Ryne Tutor.

On defense, the Bulldogs were led by Carlos Johnson with ninetackles. Josh Tillman followed with eight tackles, a fumblerecovery, a pass deflection and a sack.

In last year’s game, Franklin County whipped Wilkinson County45-6.

North Pike is back in Summit to host WestMarion’s Trojans in a Region 7-3A test. Coaching the Jaguars isAdam Barron. North Pike improved to 4-4 on the season and 1-3 inregion play.

West Marion (3-5, 0-4) thumped North Forrest 29-7 last week.

In the win over Wilkinson Co., Keiron Robinson rushed for 170yards and scored three touchdowns for North Pike.

North Pike nipped West Marion 27-26 in last season’s clash.

South Pike is looking to get back in the wincolumn Friday when the Eagles entetain Columbia for a Region 7-3Atest.

The Magnolia-based Eagles, coached by Randall Huffman, fell tothe Tylertown Chiefs 40-14 last week. South Pike is 3-2 in theregion and 4-4 overall.

Columbia (2-6, 2-2) fell to Franklin County 28-0 lastFriday.

In the loss to Tylertown, South Pike quarterback TravorriousMarsalis completed 7 of 10 passes for 90 yards.

Last year, South Pike smashed Columbia 55-18.

Hazlehurst rolled over Jackson Bailey 58-0 inRegion 6-3A action last Friday. For homecoming, Coach VernonPerry’s Indians (5-2, 3-1) entertain region rival JeffersonCounty.

Hazlehurst, the defending Class 3A state football champ, isranked No. 5 in the AP Class 3A Prep Poll. Jefferson County fell38-24 to Raymond last week.

In last season’s contest, Hazlehurst thrashed Jefferson County35-8.

Crystal Springs was handed a 46-7 whipping lastFriday at the hands of Region 6-3A leader Yazoo County. Coached byDavid Virgil, the Tigers (5-3, 3-1) return home to face regionnemesis Raymond (4-4, 3-1).

Crystal Springs dumped Raymond 35-16 last year.