Defense, turnovers help Co-Lin smother Southwest
WESSON – In a game filled with turnovers, Co-Lin linebackerRonny Magee claimed the most important fumble recovery Thursdaynight in Stone Stadium. Magee scooped up a fumble by Southwestquarterback Stanley Jennings and returned it 55 yards for a fourthquarter touchdown, sparking the Co-Lin Wolfpack to a 15-3 SouthDivision victory over the Bears.
On a warm, humid, sweat-soaked night, the football appeared tohave a slick coating. Co-Lin (2-2, 1-1) had 5 turnovers, including2 interceptions. Southwest (1-3, 0-2) also had 5 turnovers and 4 ofthem were fumbles.
“I dove for it (football) after No. 49 (Warren Perry) or No. 21(Jordan Hunt) slapped it from him (Jennings),” answered Magee, whenasked about the fumble. Jennings was caught in a heavy pass rushand the ball was knocked loose from his grasp.
“So I picked it up and scored,” said Magee, a sophomore fromMendenhall. “I felt like nobody would stop me. I had to help theteam win.”
Magee and his teammates on defense limited Southwest to just 152yards total offense. Jennings was tackled 9 times behind the lineof scrimmage for losses totaling a minus 55 yards.
“We’ve got the No. 1 defense in the conference,” Magee pointedout. “We want to hold on to that title.”
Jennings (6-3, 225), a sophomore from Marietta, Ga. completed 9of 21 passes for 21 yards. He was intercepted by Delmon Robinson inthe first quarter.
Robinson also had 6 receptions for 74 yards as Co-Lin freshmanquarterback Percy Turner completed 14 of 20 passes for 146 yards,tossing 2 interceptions.
A turnover led to Co-Lin’s first touchdown. Freshman defensiveend Terrance Coleman picked up a fumble by Southwest running backMartee Tenner and returned it 29 yards to the Bears’ 28.
Co-Lin running back Tywon Lee carried the ball 4 straight playsand scored over his left side from 2 yards out. The extra pointkick by Tyler Fitzgerald gave the hosts a 7-0 lead with 4:09 leftin the first half.
Southwest got a 26-yard field goal from Brandon Thomas with 8:17left in the third quarter. Co-Lin’s hard-hitting defense kept theBears out of the end zone.
“It was one of those nights when we played real welldefensively,” said Co-Lin had coach Glenn Davis. “We are young atthe skill positions and it showed tonight. Southwest caused usproblems with their pass rush.”
Davis said Magee’s fumble recovery returned for a touchdown wasdecisive. “That was a big play Ronny made. We were due to have somegood things happen.”
Lee led Co-Lin’s rush with 16 carries for 44 yards. He onlycarried twice in the second half as Titus Mobley picked up theslack with 7 rushes for 34 yards.
The Pack got a safety with 2:40 left in the game when Jenningswas sacked in the end zone. Terrance Coleman made the tackle forCo-Lin.
Southwest coach Charles Anthony said he was disappointed by thesetback. “We kept scrapping and fighting but those turnovers werethe difference in the game.
“Co-Lin played well on defense and they did enough on offense towin. Our defense played a great game, too.”
LeDarrius Matthews, a freshman defensive back from Gautier,intercepted 2 passes for Southwest.
Co-Lin travels to Coahoma next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff inClarksdale. Southwest hosts East Central next Thursday night inSummit.