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Wesson linebacker makes big contribution

WESSON — Wesson linebacker Beau Wilson may not be the biggestplayer on defense but he makes an impact each and every game forthe Cobras.

Last Friday night, Wilson made 15 tackles in the Cobras’ big15-10 win over Madison St. Joseph Bruins in Region 6-2A play.

For his accomplishments, Wilson has been named The DAILYLEADER’S Defensive Player of the Week.

“It feels good,” smiled Wilson, when informed of his honor. “I’mglad to get it again. It’s a good honor.”

Wilson (5-10, 175. sr.), who runs a 40-yard dash in 4.9, enjoysworking out in the weight room. He bench presses 275 pounds andsquats with 405.

“Beau is a tough kid,” said Wesson head football coach TommyClopton. “You look at him and he isn’t an intimidating person instature. But he has a lot of grit and a lot of determination.

“Beau enjoys working out in the weight room as much as anyone onour team,” continued Clopton. “He’s one of our strongest players.He’s a leader on and off the field.”

Wilson said he enjoys the time he spends working out in theweight room.

“I like to lift weights,” stated Wilson. “I like to get strongerand quicker. I like the bench press best.”

Wilson said he appreciates the help his defensive line has donethis season, helping him make tackles.

“We rebounded pretty good last week after the loss to St.Andrew’s,” said Wilson. “Our defense stepped it up and did a goodjob.”

Playing on the 4-man Cobra defensive front are Jonathan Graceand Zach Williams at ends. Working at tackle are Clayton Allen andDominique Johnson.

Working with Wilson at linebacker are Roy Williams, Terry Hensonand Matthew Cliburn. The defensive backs are John Craft, MichaelBox and Jeromy Smith.

Wilson says his major responsibility is to watch the middle ofthe field on passing and running plays. He and Williams make theplay calls in the huddle. One makes the call and the other does thechecks.

Wilson also competes on the Wesson track team. He ran the 400meter relay last year. The Cobras advanced as far as South State.His relay teammates were Jeromy Smith, Craft and Box,

Following graduation, Wilson said he would like to continueplaying football on the senior or junior college level if anopportunity arises. He would like a career as a stockbroker.

Wilson excels in the classroom. His favorite subject ismath.

“I would like to thank the coaches and the players on defense,”added Wilson.

In a major rebuilding season, the Cobras are off to animpressive 6-1 start. They are 3-1 in the Region 6-2A race and hostthe Hinds AHS Bulldogs Thursday night for a 7 p.m. region test.