Cobras rally past Sumrall

Published 6:00 pm Sunday, September 19, 2010

WESSON — “We won.”

Those were the only comments offered by Wesson head coach TommyClopton after his Cobras won a close, 20-13 battle with the SumrallBobcats Friday night. Since it was homecoming, Wesson had extraincentive to try and get to 4-0 on the season.

Sumrall was held to a three and out on their first possession.After three Cobra penalties in a row, Wesson started 1st down and20 from their own 15-yard line. Aided by a 25-yard run byquarterback Matt Smith, the Cobras mounted an 8 play drive cappedoff by a 7-yard TD run by running back Gage Wilson. The try for twowas no good.

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Both team’s defenses stood up and made each other trade punts forthe next five possessions. Wesson got the ball back late in thesecond quarter on the Bobcats’ 49-yard line. After an 11-yard runby junior running back Steve Jones and a 15-yard pass to seniorwideout D.J. Coleman, Wesson was threatening on Sumrall’s 18-yardline with 9 seconds left in the half. The Bobcats held by pickingoff a Matt Smith pass and Wesson led 6-0 at halftime

The Cobras received the second half kickoff and returned it totheir 36 yard line. Three plays later, an errant pitchout on theoption by Wesson put the ball on the ground. Sumrall scooped it upand ran 35 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good and the Bobcatsled 7-6 with more than half of the third quarter left.

After trading punts on the next two possessions, Sumrall’s BradDrummond had a 20-yard punt return to set up first down at theCobra 35 yard line. On the third play of the drive, Bobcatquarterback Blake Molly hooked up with his receiver on a screenpass for a 27 yard score. The PAT was no good and the score stoodat 13-6 with 40 seconds left in the third period.

Wesson started its next possession on their own 45 yard line. Sixplays later, Smith kept the ball and went 27 yards to paydirt. The2-point conversion failed and Wesson trailed 13-12.

Wesson started their next drive on the 50-yard line. This startedan 8-play scoring drive that saw Smith hitting junior receiverPaxton Cupit on a 9-yard pass play to set up fourth down and lessthan a yard from the Sumrall 4-yard line. Smith kept the ball andsurged forward to the 2-yard line to keep the drive alive. On thenext play, Steve Jones took it in for the score. Smith hooked upwith Cupit on the 2-point conversion pass and the Cobras led 20-13with 2:23 left in the game.

Sumrall’s scoring reponse ended when unior cornerback Jacob Fischerintercepted the next Molly pass on the Wesson 41-yard line to helpseal the win. with 1:32 left in the game.

Leading the Cobras in rushing was Smith with 18 carries for 96yards and one touchdown. Smith had 4 completions for 40 yards.Wilson had 9 carries for 67 yards and one touchdown and Jones had15 carries for 59 yards and one touchdown.

In receiving, Coleman led with 2 receptions for 28 yards. PaxtonCupit had 2 for 12 yards.

Barron Miller led Wesson’s defense with 10 tackles, followed byPayton Cupit and Derrick Lyles with 9 tackles each.

Wesson travels to Florence Friday for its next matchup.