Co-Lin ambushed by Gulf Coast
PERKINSTON — Freshman running back James Gillum rushed for 156yards and one touchdown to lead the No. 11-ranked Mississippi GulfCoast Bulldogs to a 23-3 Saturday win over previously unbeatenCo-Lin in a South Division showdown. Co-Lin, Gulf Coast and PearlRiver are now in a three-way tie for first place in the SouthDivision with 4-1 records.
“Gulf Coast has a pretty good defense,” said Co-Lin head coachGlenn Davis. “We just got our butts whipped. We didn’t do anythingon offense.”
It was Co-Lin’s first loss in seven games.
Gulf Coast took a 3-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first quarter on a31-yard field goal by Will Scott. The Wolfpack, ranked No. 8 thisweek, got a strong defensive effort and held the Gulf Coast offenseon fourth down and 2 from the Co-Lin 20 with 10:43 left in thesecond quarter.
On the next possession, Co-Lin quarterback Percy Turner wasintercepted by Gulf Coast’s Will Copeland at the Co-Lin 26. TheWolfpack defense stiffened again, holding the Bulldogs at theCo-Lin 20. Scott’s 35-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
The Wolfpack recovered a fumbled punt at the Gulf Coast 29 but wasunable to move the ball. With 4:02 remaining in the second quarter,Justin Danise’s 43-yard field goal attempt fell short.
On the next possession, the Co-Lin defense rose to the occasionagain holding the Bulldog offense and forcing a punt. But aroughing-the-kicker penalty gave Gulf Coast new life with 2:18 leftin the half. The Bulldogs drove the ball 71 yards down the field.With1:13 remaining in the half, Gillum scored from 1-yard plunge,giving the Gulf Coast a 10-0 halftime lead.
Gulf Coast took the opening drive of the second half 43 yards downthe field and scored on quarterback Clayton Moore’s 1-yard run.Scott’s PAT was good and the Bulldogs took a 17-0 lead at the 12:52mark.
The Wolfpack pulled to within 17-3 with 3:55 left in the quarter ona Danise 26-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs added their final score with 1:51 left in the game asMoore hit Kennedy Helms with a 14-yard touchdown. Scott’s PAT wentwide left.
The Bulldog defense limited the Co-Lin offense to a 165 totalyards.
The Wolfpack offense could only muster 1 first down and 50 yards ofoffense in the first half. Co-Lin finished the game with 6 firstdowns.
Moore was 10-for-21 for 133 yards and 1 touchdown for theBulldogs.
Turner completed 14 of 25 passes for 113 yards and 1 interception.Fred Fuller made 3 catches for 33 yards. Montrell Conner caught 4passes for 32 yards. Conner had 13 carries for 24 yards.
Co-Lin will host East Central in its final regular season home gameThursday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Wolfpack has partnered with the Favre4 Hope Foundation to honorBreast Cancer Awareness month. Fans and supporters are encouragedto wear pink. The game will be web cast at www.colinathletics.comand broadcast on WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.