Co-Lin hosts East Central

Published 9:36 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WESSON — With two games left on the regular season schedule,Co-Lin’s Wolfpack face a priority test Thursday night when theyhost the East Central Community College Warriors for a SouthDivision showdown. Their final regular-season home game kicks offat 7 p.m. in Stone Stadium.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, football fans are beingasked to wear pink to the game.

Co-Lin (6-1, 4-1) hopes to rebound after its first loss of theseason last Saturday at Gulf Coast (6-1, 4-1). The 23-3 setbackdropped the Wolves from No. 8 to No. 15 in the NJCAA NationalPoll.

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East Central (2-5, 2-2) is fresh from a 24-14 upset win over JonesCounty. The Warriors, coached by Brian Anderson, beat Hinds 37-35two weeks ago.

Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said his Wolfpack must focus on thetask. “The big thing for us is that we must rebound and play likewe have been playing all year. I think we can do some things in thekicking game and make some good returns.”

Sophomore speedster Fred Fuller of Hazlehurst is averaging 33.9yards on 8 kickoff returns. He’s returned 11 punts for a 6.8-yardaverage.

“If we do what we are capable of doing, we should be OK,” saidDavis. His team had their worst offensive performance of the seasonlast Saturday, managing just six first downs and 178 yards totaloffense. They failed to score a touchdown for the first time thisseason.

Co-Lin quarterback Percy Turner completed 13 of 25 passes for 122yards and was intercepted once. Fuller had 2 catches for 33 yardsand LaVoyd James caught 3 passes for 25 yards.

Freshman punter/kicker Justin Danise averaged 38 yards on 9 puntsand kicked a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Warriors On Defense

East Central’s defense is anchored by Khalid Wilson (6-2, 295,so.), a lineman from New Orleans (Walker).

“They probably have the best defensive lineman we will face sofar,” said Davis. “He plays really hard and disrupts things inside.We have to control him.”

Linebacker Chris Ficklin (5-11, 195, fr.), from Forrest, accountedfor 19 tackles in ECCC’s win over Jones County. Another defensiveleader is linebacker Rufus Williams (6-2, 230, so.) from Mims,Fla.

Davis said fumbles and interceptions have slowed the Warriors thisseason. “Offensively, they have been turning the ball over a lot.”

Blake Matherne (5-9, 180, fr.), from Boothville, La., usuallystarts at quarterback for the Warriors. He has passed for 1,320yards and seven touchdowns.

Matherne’s favorite receiver is Reggie Hall (5-9, 170, fr.) fromMonroe, La. Hall has caught 29 passes for 355 yards and 1 TD.