Wesson Cobras climb to 6-0 with region win

Published 6:00 pm Sunday, October 3, 2010

WESSON — The undefeated Wesson Cobras walked into Stone Stadiumin the opening game of Region 6-2A play against the Hinds AHSBulldogs, hoping to keep their undefeated record intact. Wessonexploded in the second quarter and cruised to a 45-22 win as theCobras raised their perfect worksheet to 6-0 on the season.

Wesson head coach Tommy Clopton was happy to win and said, “Wereally controlled the line of scrimmage tonight, offensively anddefensively. Our guys really played hard. We’re 1-0 in the districtand that’s the most important thing.”

The game started off with Wesson receiving the opening kickoff. Thekickoff was returned 17 yards by D.J. Coleman and the drive startedout on Wesson’s 36. With the use of Matt Smith, Coleman, and GageWilson, the Cobras marched the ball down the field in 10 plays forWilson to score from 1 yard out. The extra point try was no goodand the Cobras led 6-0 with 7:30 left in the half.

The Bulldogs got a chance to answer back. After a muffed catch onthe kickoff by Hinds’ Riginald Warnsley that he then fell on at the32, the Bulldogs would drive the field in small chunks. They endeda 12-play drive with a 12-yard pass from Aaron Terrell to RiginaldWarnsley for the touchdown. Warnsley ran the ball in for the2-point conversion and the Bulldogs would led 8-6.

The Cobras answered with 39 unanswered points.

The Cobras took over on their own 40-yard line after an exchange ofpunts. After some nice runs from Steven Jones and Smith, PeytonCupit took the ball in from one yard out with 7:03 left in thefirst half. The two-point conversion was no good and Wesson led12-8.

The Cobras then wasted very little time with the ball as on theirsecond play of the drive, Smith threw a touchdown pass to receiverPaxton Cupit for 27 yards. Smith ran the ball in for the two-pointconversion and Wesson led 20-8 with 2:33 left in the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Derrick Lyles pooched the kickoff and itwas recovered by the Cobra’s Daniel Nasif on Hinds’ 44-yard line.The Cobras would put the ball in the end zone quickly as Smith hitColeman for a 27-yard touchdown to end a 4-play, 42-yard drive.Wesson led 26-8 with 57 seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter, Wesson junior linebacker Barron Millerintercepted the Hinds quarterback Aaron Terrell and took it back 14yards to Hinds’ 21. Wesson capitalized on the first play as Smithhit Cupit for a 20-yard touchdown with 11:33 left in the quarter.Wesson led 32-8.

Wesson shut down Hinds again and took over on its 27-yard line.Clopton called off the dogs and pulled his starting receiver andquarterback but this wouldn’t stop the Wesson offense. Juniorquarterback Jacob Fischer directed the Cobras down the field andcapped off an 11-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extrapoint was good by Derrick Lyles and Wesson led 39-8 with 3:16 leftin the third quarter.

The Cobras forced a fumble on the ensuing Hinds drive that wasrecovered by Quinton Lindsey. Fischer soon scored from 8 yards outto cap off a 5-play drive with four seconds left in the quarter.Wesson led 45-8.

The rest of the game was left up to mop up duty by Wesson butHinds’ Deandre Selman would get two touchdowns and a 2-pointconversion in the final quarter.

Offensively, Hinds was led by Deandre Selman who had 14 carries for90 yards and two scores. Aaron Terrell was 6-of-8 passing for 38yards with one touchdown and one interception. The leader inreceiving was Dexter Divinity who had 4 catches for 35yards thenfollowed by Reginald Warnsley 3 catches 11 yards and atouchdown.

Defensively, Hinds was led by Tyshaun Tittle who had 13tackles.

On the ground Wesson was led by Steven Jones with 12 rushes for 66yards, followed by Wilson’s 7 rushes 44 yards. Fischer had 6 rushesfor 29 yards.

In passing, Smith led through 3-for-3 for 74 yards and 3 scores.Paxton Cupit had two catches for 47 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Wesson was sparked by Barron Miller with 7 tackles andan interception; followed by Coleman, Gage Wilson, and MorganRobinson who had 6 tackles each. Quinton Lindsey had 1 fumblerecovery.