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Co-Lin Wolves run past Hinds

RAYMOND – Joe Renfroe Stadium was the site of a MississippiAssociation of Community and Junior College South Division openingencounter; pitting Copiah-Lincoln and Hinds communitycolleges.

In a battle of nationally ranked and unbeaten teams, the No.16-ranked Wolves used a stern ground game to pull out a 30-17 winover the 18th-ranked Eagles.

With the win by the Wolfpack, they improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0in the South Division. Co-Lin, coached by Glenn Davis, has won sixstraight (going back to the 2009 campaign) and eight of their lastnine in the same stretch. Hinds fell to 2-1 and 0-1.

Co-Lin continues in South Division play next Thursday, hostingJones County Junior College. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Following a 3-and-out by Hinds on the game’s opening possession,Co-Lin put up a pair of touchdowns within 90 seconds. Wolfpackquarterback Percy Turner hit receiver Damien Burnett with a 14-yardscoring strike with 9:42 left in the opening frame. Justin Danise’sPAT try was blocked.

Another 3-and-out by Hinds allowed Co-Lin to score on a 67-yard runby sophomore running back Titus Mobley. Danise’s kick gave CoachDavis’ squad a 13-0.

Both teams traded scores in the second stanza. Hinds got a 27-yardfield goal from Kyle Williams. On the ensuing kickoff, Hazlehurstnative Fred Fuller took the kick 96 yards to the end zone. Danise’skick was successful for a 20-3 Co-Lin lead.

“You cannot win games, when the other team scores touchdowns andyou kick field goals,” said long-time Eagle head coach Gene Murphy.”We did not come to play tonight. Co-Lin has a very good team overthere.”

Over 8 minutes elapsed off the clock. Hinds cut their deficit inhalf at 20-10 with an Anthony Sheppard to Les Lemons 16-yardtouchdown pass and Williams’ PAT kick.

Turner threw his second touchdown pass of the half 21 secondslater, when he found Jeffrey Collins with a 31-yard strike for paydirt. Danise’s kick gave the Wolfpack a 27-10 lead at theintermission break.

Defense set the tone for both teams in the second half. Hinds got a12-yard pass Sheppard to Dylan Davis touchdown pass in the third.Co-Lin got a 37-yard field goal from Danise in the fourth.

“We are continuously improving each week,” said Coach Davisfollowing the game. “Our kids played extremely hard. We had toomany penalties tonight, but the kids still gave a good efforttonight.”

The Wolfpack defense limited Hinds to 62 yards rushing, even thoughsophomore running back Matthew Willis gained 119 yards on 22carries. Co-Lin sacked Sheppard several times for minus-56 yardsrushing.

Mobley led all rushers with 159 yards on 18 rushes. Co-Lin had 308yards of total offense in the game.