Wesson chills St. Joe

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 23, 2006

WESSON — Despite some trouble with their offense, the WessonCobras took care of Region 6-2A business on a chilly Friday nightand put away the Madison St. Joseph Bruins 24-7 in Stone Stadium.The senior football players, band members and cheerleaders werehonored before the game.

Wesson improved to 3-1 in the region and 7-2 on the season. St.Joe, coached by Charles “Flip” Godfrey, fell to 1-3 in regionaction and 5-4 overall.

“A win is a win,” said Wesson head football coach Tommy Cloptonafter the victory. “We didn’t come out with a lot of energy earlyin the game. We didn’t play with high emotion as we did against St.Andrew’s.”

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The win keeps the Cobras in the race for second place in theregion with shot at hosting a first-round game in the stateplayoffs. Hinds AHS knocked off Loyd Star 38-0 in a region matchup.Both teams have identical region worksheets.

If Wesson defeats Hinds AHS Friday night in Utica, the Cobraswould secure second place. A loss would throw second place into apoints battle between Wesson, Hinds AHS and Amite County.

St. Andrew’s (8-1, 4-0) still leads in first place following a40-16 win Friday over Amite County. St. Andrew’s is at Madison St.Joe Friday.

Wesson scored its first touchdown at the 6:41 mark in the firstquarter on a 44-yard run by junior running back Roy Williams. KyleKearney kicked his first of three extra points to give the Cobras a7-0 lead.

The Cobra offense turned the ball over to St. Joe at their own1-yard line. The Cobra defense held for two plays before Bruinrunning back Quinton Taylor scored up the middle for the TD. SeanCoffey kicked the PAT to tie the game at 7-all with 25 seconds leftin the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cobras punched in a 4-yard score bywingback Ralph Brothern to push their lead to 14-7 with 9:04remaining.

With no time remaining, Kearney kicked a 20-yard field goal togive Wesson a 17-7 lead going into the dressing room at thehalf.

The Cobras took the opening drive and scored on a 13-yard runaround the left corner by senior tailback Otho Smith. Wesson pushedits lead to 24-7.

Clopton was pleased with the defense Friday night. The Cobrashad a goal-line stand in the second half. “The defense played realwell.”

Senior strong safety Daniel Watson powered the Cobra defensewith eight tackles. Making seven stops each were linebackers BeauWilson and Williams and defensive end Will Turnbo. Jamar Simsintercepted a pass and Terry Henson recovered a fumble.

“Our offense had too many turnovers,” added Clopton.

Powering the Wesson running game was Smith with 17 carries for97 yards. Finishing with 14 rushes for 88 yards was Williams.

Senior quarterback Micah Davis completed 3 of 8 passes for 37yards and was intercepted once. Joseph Decker caught one pass for27 yards. Williams had a catch for eight yards and Brothern caughtone for two yards.