Wesson Cobras in first home game; Lawrence, Franklin in road contests

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Wesson Cobras play their first home game of the 2008football season against the Richland Rangers Friday night in StoneStadium on the Co-Lin campus. All games kick off at 7:30.

In other area football games, Lawrence County is at North Pike,Franklin County is at McComb, Hazlehurst is at Tylertown andCrystal Springs is at Hinds AHS.

The game between Brookhaven and South Pike was cancelled andwill not be made up.

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Due to Hurricane Gustav, area teams were unable to practice thefirst 2 or 3 days of the week.

Wesson, coached by Tommy Clopton, knocked off Prentiss 28-21last Friday in its opener. Richland (0-1) fell to Florence24-7.

“From the first game to the sccond game is when the teams show alot of improvement,” said Clopton. “We have to do a better job ofprotecting the ball on offense and tackling on defense. Our goaleach week is to get better.”

Last week, the Cobras (1-0) fumbled the football 4 times.

In the win over Prentiss, Jeromy Smith sparked the Wesson groundgame with 17 carries for 139 yards. Carrying the football 10 timesfor 100 yards and a touchdown was Jamar Sims. John Craft rushed 7times for 52 yards and 2 TDs.

“Richland’s quarterback seems to do a good job,” added Clopton.”He operates the offense. They look to be a well coached team.”

Defensively, Wesson was led by Gage Wilson and Sims whocollected 10 tackles apiece. Brandon Bland made 9 tackles andrecovered a fumble against Prentiss.

Last year, the Cobras shut out the Rangers 14-0.

First-year Franklin County head coach Trent Hammond said McCombis a well-balanced team.

“McComb has a lot of good size and speed,” said Hammond. “Theylike to spread the ball out, then go in the I and run at you.

“A few breaks went against them in the South Pike game,”continued Hammond. “They are a very good football team.”

The Tigers, coached by Randy Martin, fell to South Pike 28-0last week. The Meadville-based Bulldogs (1-0) mauled Hazlehurst21-6.

Quarterback Jamie Collins powered the Bulldog offense with 17carries for 117 yards. Collins completed 1 of 8 passes for 78 yardsand a touchdown pass to Milton Griffin.

Last year, Franklin County held off McComb for a 28-19 win.

Lawrence County, coached by Mike Davis, is coming off a tough27-14 loss at the hands of Petal in its season opener last week.North Pike, coached by Chris Smith, was handed a 44-6 whipping atthe hands of Brookhaven.

Lawrence County (0-1) fumbled the football five times in theloss.

Davis believes North Pike has a lot of athletes on this year’steam.

“North Pike has some guys that are athletes,” said Davis. “Theycan make plays at any time. Their quarterback (Revis Butler) is ayoung athletic kid. Their running back looks good.”

In the loss to Petal, Matt Wells sparked the running game with10 carries for 99 yards. Wells also caught a pass for a 60-yardtouchdown. Josh Cameron followed with 75 yards on 10 carries.

In last season’s game, Lawrence County pounded North Pike56-14.

Hazlehurst faces a tough road opponent when the Indians travelto Tylertown to meet the Chiefs. Hazlehurst, under first-year headcoach Todd McDaniel, had four turnovers in the loss at FranklinCounty. Tylertown whipped East Marion 33-6 last Friday.

In the loss to Franklin County, tailback Fred Fuller ledHazlehurst with 8 rushes for 68 yards and caught a 32-yard pass fora touchdown.

Last year, the Indians were ambushed 14-2 by the Chiefs.

Crystal Springs, coached by David Virgil, kicked off its seasonwith a big 33-0 shutout win over Port Gibson. Hinds AHS annihilatedAmite County 42-14.

In last season’s contest, Crystal Springs crushed Hinds AHS20-0.