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Co-Lin Wolfpack comes up short at Gulf Coast

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin defensive back Ricky Green (24) corrals Gulf Coast running back Justin Brister (10) Saturday

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin defensive back Ricky Green (24) corrals Gulf Coast running back Justin Brister (10) Saturday

PERKINSTON – Two big drives, one to end the first half and one to start the second half, would be the difference of the game in the MACJC South Division showdown between No. 5 Copiah-Lincoln and No. 7 Gulf Coast on Saturday in Perkinston. The Bulldogs offense would score touchdowns on both drives and that would be the enough for a 21-7 Gulf Coast (7-1, 4-1) victory over Co-Lin (6-2, 3-2).

The first snap of the game was indicative of what kind of afternoon the Wolfpack offense would have. Co-Lin quarterback Daniel Fitzwater rolled out and found a wide-open Tyson McDonald for a 48-yard gain. McDonald would be stripped of the ball as he was tackled and Gulf Coast would take over at midfield. Fitzwater threw for 253 yards on the day, but the offense would find itself stalling out and coming up short throughout the game.

The Gulf Coast offense finally got rolling when they took over with 2:45 left on the clock before halftime. The Bulldogs put together a nine play drive that covered 85 yards and was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Colton Kane to Marlon Pope. The point after attempt was good and Gulf Coast led 7-0 with 12 seconds remaining before half. Kane, inserted into the line-up after starting quarterback Terrian Page struggled throwing the ball, finished 13-of-22 for 202 yards passing.

The Bulldogs received the ball to start the second half and they started strong with a 41-yard kickoff return from Tony Bridges. Five plays later running back Antwon Wells broke through for a 1-yard touchdown run and the Gulf Coast led 14-0.

The Co-Lin running game found finding room a tough task all day against a swarming Gulf Coast defense. The Wolfpack, missing running back Van Lee to injury, managed just 42 yards on the ground for the day.

The third score of the game for Gulf Coast would come by way of their NJCAA All-American wideout, D’haquille Williams. Williams hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kane to put Gulf Coast up 21-0 late in the third quarter. Williams finished with seven catches for 119 yards.

Co-Lin would get on the board early in the fourth quarter when Fitzwater hooked up with Casey Gladney on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Blayne Jones kicked the point after attempt and Co-Lin had cut the lead to21-7 with 13:11 remaining in the game. Gladney would finish the day with 13 catches for 137 yards.

Co-Lin closes the 2013 season with a home date against Southwest on Thursday in Wesson. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Watch live at www.colinathletics.com or listen on WMJU 104.3 FM.