No. 9 Co-Lin and rival Southwest tangle in final regular season game
WESSON – The 2013 regular season comes to a close for the Copiah-Lincoln football team on Thursday night in Wesson as the Wolfpack host their rivals from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Co-Lin (6-2, 3-2) is coming off of a disappointing 21-7 loss on Saturday at Gulf Coast that saw their hopes of a MACJC playoff bid disappear. Southwest (2-6, 1-4) fell 31-10 last week to South Division Champion Jones County.
Against Gulf Coast, the Wolfpack was led by wide receiver and University of Cincinnati commit Casey Gladney. Gladney caught 13 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown against the Bulldogs.
Gladney is just of many Co-Lin players who have made a verbal commitment to sign with a Division I school for next season. Linebacker Jordan Harris is committed to Southern Miss, linebacker Edward Muldrow is committed to West Virginia, offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer is committed to Auburn University, offensive lineman David Adams is committed to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and offensive lineman Jocquell Johnson is committed to Mississippi State.
Thursday will be the last game in Stone Stadium for a sophomore class that has taken Co-Lin football to great heights. The sophomores come into the game with a two-year combined record of 15-5 and the title of 2012 MACJC State Champions.
A win over Southwest in Summit last season was the clincher in the Wolfpack making the postseason in 2012. That game was close for the majority of the night before Co-Lin slipped away with a 23-10 win. The Bears took a 7-0 at the start of the game in what would be the last game for former Southwest head coach Charles Anthony.
Anthony stepped down after posting a winless season in 2012 and after leading the Bears for seven years. He was replaced by former Brookhaven High School head coach Tucker Peavey. Peavey came to Southwest after a stint coaching the offensive line at Southern Miss. Peavey is a former Co-Lin football player and his defensive coordinator is former Co-Lin linebacker Kelby Bowman.
The Bears were 31-28 winners over Co-Lin in 2011 when they last visited Wesson. The winning score came on a 27-yard field by Jake Saltalamacchia with 15 seconds remaining. Southwest was led in the win by 244 yards of offense and three touchdowns by quarterback Vintavious Cooper.
Kickoff in Wesson is 7 p.m. on Thursday. Watch live at www.colinathletics.com or listen on 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.