Co-Lin Wolves in homecoming

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 6, 2008

WESSON – Nick Fairley and his Copiah-Lincoln Community Collegeteammates have a tough assignment awaiting them Saturday in StoneStadium. Their challenge is to beat No. 5-ranked Gulf Coast in a 5p.m. homecoming contest.

Fairley (6-4, 300), from Mobile, Ala. Wears jersey No. 90. Hewas named the MACJC’s Defensive Player of the Week after sparkingthe Wolfpack to a 17-7 win over previously unbeaten Coahoma. He wascredited with 12 solo tackles, 2 assists and 2 pass breakups. Hetwice tackled runners behind the line of scrimmage for losses.

Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said he hopes Fairley and the restof the Wolves will elevate their game for Gulf Coast. “Nick hasplayed really well the last four weeks. He has come on for us. He’sso athletic.”

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Davis recalled an incident during spring practice whichimpressed him with Fairley’s athletic ability. “Last spring we werein the gym working out. We let them play basketball the last 15minutes. I saw Nick get a rebound and dunk it in the samemotion.”

Fairley has committed to Auburn. He hopes to graduate inDecember and enroll at Auburn for the spring semester.

Against Coahoma (3-1), the Wolfpack (2-3, 1-1) was paced bysophomore running back Ronnie McNulty who rushed for 142 yards andcaught 4 passes for 54 yards. McNulty (5-9, 180) is a Brookhavenproduct.

Co-Lin sophomore quarterback Micah Davis completed 9 of 16passes for 100 yards. He threw a 26-yard TD pass to Jason Bruce anda 7-yard scoring pass to Price Sessums. Tyler Fitzgerald kicked a42-yard field goal.

Davis has passed for 911 yards and 5 TDs this season.

On defense, freshman Dequan Menzie intercepted Coahomatwice.

“We’ve won two in a row,” said Coach Davis. “We have madeprogress the last two weeks. We’ve been able to get outside(running).”

He said injuries are taking their toll on the Wolves. ” We havea lot of people who are bunged up. We have to get people to step upand play hard.

“We will have to play our tails off to have a chance to beatthem.”

Bulldogs Are Explosive

Gulf Coast (4-1, 2-0) beat Pearl River 10-3 last Thursday. TheBulldogs, coached by Steve Campbell, lost to East Mississippi 27-23the previous week.

“Gulf Coast is a solid football team which is well-coached,”said Davis. “Coach Campbell likes to poor-mouth about his(recruiting) district.

“They have eight coaches. Campbell does a good job getting hiskids to play hard.”

On offense, the Bulldogs boast two powerful running backs inJamal Young (5-7, 170, soph.) from Jackson and Vic Ballard (6-0,205, fr.) from Pascagoula. Young has rushed for 556 yards and 3TDs. Ballard has rushed for 298 yards.

Quarterback Greg Jenkins (6-2, 195, fr.) from Dade City, Fla.runs the offense. Davis said Jenkins has steadily improved hispassing skills.

On defense, the Bulldogs are big up front. They are all 6-foot-4or better.

Middle linebacker Chris White (6-4, 245, soph.) of Vancleave hascommitted to Mississippi State. Horatio Crawford (5-11, 205, soph.)of Pensacola, Fla. is another star at linebacker.

Wolf Tails: Last year Gulf Coast cruised to a 37-3 win overCo-Lin in Stone Stadium en route to capturing the MACJC StateChampionship. The Wolfpack trailed 17-3 at halftime. They got a30-yard field goal from Will Thibodeaux.