Wolfpack slips past Coahoma

Published 5:00 am Monday, September 28, 2009

CLARKSDALE – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves madethe long trip to the Mississippi Delta for a Saturday afternoon,Mississippi Association of Community/ Junior Colleges matchup withthe Coahoma Community College Tigers.

The Wolfpack used several stout defensive stops to author a16-15 win over the Tigers at James Miller Stadium; thus spoilingCoahoma’s homecoming festivities.

With the win by Co-Lin, Wolfpack head coach Glenn Davis’ballclub improves to 3-2. Coahoma dropped to 3-2.

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Co-Lin travels to Perkinston Saturday for a South Divisionencounter against Gulf Coast. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Defense and turnovers were keys in the opening 30 minutes ofplay as the Wolves and Tigers realized a 3-all deadlock.

Each team managed a field goal in the first quarter. Coahoma gota 24-yard kick from David Gallagher 2:48 seconds into the game.Co-Lin countered with 25-yard, Tyler Fitzgerald field goal with1:42 left in the opening frame.

“This was an evenly-matched ballgame today,” Tiger head coachFreeman Horton said. “We settled for field goals today, instead ofscoring touchdowns.”

Coahoma regained the lead on its initial possession of thesecond half at 10-3. Quarterback Garrick Jones found split endLadarius Dawson with a 68-yard scoring strike. Gallagher’s kick wassuccessful.

After a turnover by each team, Co-Lin took advantage of theTigers’ miscue and marched 62 yards in 12 plays. The drive tooknearly 7 minutes to complete, as running back Titus Mobley hitpaydirt from 1 yard out. Fitzgerald’s PAT kick sailed wide rightand the Wolves trailed 10-9.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers came right back with a9-play, 4-yard drive that consumed 3:19 off the clock. Gallagher’ssecond field goal of the day, from 38 yards out, was good for a13-9 Coahoma lead.

The Wolfpack would not give up, going into their bag of trickplays to gain their first lead of the game.

A 6-play, 63-yard drive culminated when reserve quarterbackJeffrey Collins found a wide-open Mike Shaw with a 28-yardtouchdown pass. Fitzgerald’s PAT kick was good for a 16-13 Co-Linlead.

Collins, a freshman from Jefferson County, lined up at split endand came in motion from the left side of the formation to throw hisfirst touchdown pass of the season.

Coahoma closed out the scoring on the next Co-Lin possession bydropping Wolfpack running back Justin Rogers in the end zone for asafety with 9:27 left in the game.

“Except for a few mistakes, we played well today,” Coach Davissaid following the game. “I was extremely proud of our effort.”

Rogers rushed 16 times for 81 yards to lead the Co-Lin groundgame. Mobley had 43 yards on 17 rushes. Turner was 13 of 17 for 137yards. Shaw paced the receivers with 65 yards on 5 catches, whileJonathan Whiteside had 3 receptions for 42 yards.

“We had some guys step up today,” Coach Davis commented. “Percy(Turner) worked hard all this week in practice and it showed on thefield today.”