Wolfpack overcomes mistakes to win opener
CLARKSDALE – Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege head coach Glenn Davis watched his young Wolfpack overcomefive first half turnovers and rally for 24 in the second half totake a 24-14 win over the Coahoma Tigers in the season opener forboth teams.
“We have a bunch of freshmen playing,” said Co-Lin head Coach GlennDavis. I thought we played much better in the second half. We cutdown our turnovers and got some takeaways. I was proud of the wayour guys came back in the second half.”
Coahoma was only able to capitalize on one of five Co-Linturnovers. The Wolfpack defense was able to hold the Tigers to onescore in the first half.
After a Wolfpack fumble, sophomore Jaszy Parker ran around theright side 6-yards into the end zone with 8:59 left in the firstquarter. Trent Williams added the PAT and the Tigers took a 7-0lead.
Co-Lin drove the ball down to the 6-yard line with :05 secondsleft. Freshman kicker Nolan Long came in to attempt a 16-yard fieldgoal, but the snap went over holder Jamie McCardle’s head.
Freshman quarterback Chandler Rogers got to know the Coahomadefense quite well in the first half as he was sacked and rushedearly and often.
The second half proved to be a different story. On the third playof the second half, Rogers threw a strike to Alonzo Lewis who wentstreaking down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown. Long added thePAT to tie the game 7-7.
The Brookhaven Academy product finished the game 14 of 22 for 176yards, one touchdown and one interception. Lewis a (6-4, 205)freshman from Vacherie, La., had 8 receptions for 117 yards and onetouchdown.
The Co-Lin secondary came up big in the game as they interceptedParker five times. Sophomore Davian Noble picked off a Parker passand ran 36 yards for a touchdown with 4:56 left in the thirdquarter. Long added the PAT to give Co-Lin their first lead of thegame at 14-7.
Coahoma answered as Parker threw a 31-yard touchdown pass toMarquette Dockery with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter.Williams added the PAT to tie the game at 14-all.
The Wolfpack drove the ball down to the Coahoma 30 yard line, butwas unable to pick up a first down. Long gave Co-Lin their firstlead at 17-14 on a 40-yard field goal with 11:06 left in thegame.
The final score of the game came when Danny Hobbs plunged into theendzone from 1 yard out to give the Wolfpack the 24-17 win.
Sophomore Joel Davis of Natchez led the Wolfpack rushing attackcarrying 19 times for 63 yards. Hobbs had 9 carries for 50yards.
Parker was 9 of 25 for 89 yards. Dockery had 5 catches for 61yards. Daveon Porter led the Tigers in rushing with 12 carries for69 yards.
On defense, Noble and Dehendret Collins had two interceptionsapiece and Robert Jones added one. Bryan Isaac and Derrick Billupsled the defense with five tackles apiece. The Co-Lin defense sackedParker four times.
The Wolfpack (1-0) travel to Holmes Community College in GoodmanThursday at 7 p.m.