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Co-Lin lands in state playoffs

WESSON – Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis was tickled pink andchilled to the bone Thursday night after his Wolfpack outscored theEast Central Community College Warriors 42-35 in Stone Stadium.Davis was doused with a cooler of ice water by his players as thefinal seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock.

On a designated Pink Night, recognizing Breast Cancer AwarenessMonth, Co-Lin (7-1, 5-1) secured a berth in the state playoffs.Many of the Co-Lin players wore pink wristbands and pink shoelaces.Wide receiver Fred Fuller sported pink spats as he took a touchdownpass from quarterback Percy Turner 52 yards to paydirt for thegame’s first score.

Turner also threw touchdown passes of 18 and 15 yards to MichaelBerry. Co-Lin’s rushing attack accounted for 245 yards on 56carries as Montrell Conner rushed 32 times for 127 yards and twotouchdowns. Teammate Joel Davis rushed 16 times for 101 yards and aTD.

Turner, a sophomore from Jefferson County, said the win wasimportant to the team. “The game was full of emotion. We had tocome out and play ball after losing last week. Our defense playedhard and I had to play better.”

Turner completed 11 of 18 passes for 156 yards and 3 TDs.

Co-Lin remains in the hunt for the South Division title after GulfCoast was knocked off by North Division foe Coahoma last night. Thetop two teams out of each division advance to the playoffs in twoweeks.

Locked in a seesaw battle with East Central, the Wolves werestaring at a 28-27 deficit after Rod Hawkins scored from four yardsout for the Warriors with 11:55 left in the game.

Co-Lin responded with a 56-yard scoring drive, climaxed by Conner’s2-yard plunge over left guard. On the 2-point conversion try,Turner rolled to his right and hit Fuller with a pass, making it35-28.

On the next series, Matherne fumbled and Co-Lin’s Jason Catchingsreturned the bobble for a touchdown but it was canceled by aholding penalty. The Wolves took over at the ECCC 15-yardline.

Faced with a fourth down at the 15, Turner hit Berry on a slantpattern. Justin Danise’s PAT kick put the Pack up 42-28 with 5:15left to play.

Matherne, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound freshman from Boothville, La., hadstarred at Belle Chase High School, earning Player of the Yearhonors in Louisiana. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for twomore.

For the game, Matherne completed 8-18 passes for 177 yards and wasintercepted twice. Both of the pass thefts were claimed by Co-Linfreshman Dehendret Collins.

“I just played defense,” answered Collins, when asked about theinterceptions., “Coach told us to put last week behind us. Weneeded this win.”

East Central (2-6, 2-3), fresh from a big win over Jones County,erased a 14-0 deficit and gained a 21-21 deadlock on ZachPendleton’s 24-yard, third-quarter TD catch from Matherne.

“This was a good win for our sophomores and it got us in theplayoffs,” said Davis. “Our sophomore have won 13 games in twoyears and we are 9-1 at home.

“Percy played very well tonight and we were able to run thefootball,” Davis pointed out. His team concludes regular seasonplay next Thursday at Northeast in Booneville.