Cobras ride over Richland

Published 5:00 am Monday, September 10, 2007

The Wesson Cobras and Richland Rangers went rolling in the mudFriday evening as the Cobras came away with a soggy 14-0 victory ina game marred by five Richland turnovers.

The Rangers field was soaked with water thanks to a huge pregamerainstorm that moved the starting time back 30 minutes to a 7:30kickoff. It turned out to be to Richland’s demise as the Cobrasbenefited from five Ranger miscues and converted two of those intoshort field touchdowns that proved to be the difference.

“On a night like tonight, any lead is a good lead,” explainedCobra head coach Tommy Clopton. “Obviously, the field conditionswere awful which led to the difference in the game beingturnovers.”

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Offensively, the Cobras were perfect in ball security by notturning it over a single time. Once again, the Cobras were led bysenior fullback Roy Williams who had 101 yards on 22 carries and atouchdown. “It was wet and it was tough to hold on to thefootball,” said Williams. “I have to give my offensive line credit,they gave me a second to gain extra yards.”

The first Cobra score was set up on a muffed Ranger punt assenior linebacker Beau Wilson jumped on the loose ball to set theCobras up on the Ranger end of the field. 59 seconds later at the6:33 mark of the second quarter quarterback John Craft would sneakin from 1 yard out to put the Cobras up 6-0. The point afterattempt was no good. Craft would end the night with 36 yards on 17carries.

After the halftime break, the Cobras would strike gold again setup by freshman safety Kyle Cross’ interception at the 10:28 mark ofthe 3rd quarter. A little over two minutes later, Williams wouldbarrel in from 4 yards out to cap off the 28 yard Cobra drive.Craft would run the 2 point conversion for a 14-0 Cobra lead at the8:00 mark of the 3rd quarter.

The Cobras would have two other opportunities later to score bygetting inside the Ranger 10 yard line twice. The Ranger defenseand costly penalties would keep the Cobras out of the end zone.

Defensively, the Cobras were superb. Yet to allow a point on theyear, they were led by Wilson who had 11 tackles and a fumblerecovery. Williams added 12 tackles for the Cobras. Defensive endJonathan Grace would net 8 stops on the evening. Cornerback MatthewCliburn would recover two fumbles and linebacker Terry Henson wouldrecover one. Cross added the interception.

The Cobras travel to Sumrall to face the Bobcats next Fridaynight. Game time is 7:00 p.m.