Co-Lin readies for homecoming visit from Hinds
WESSON – A week of homecoming activities culminates in Stone Stadium on Saturday as the Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack host the Hinds Eagles in a high stakes MACJC South Division match-up.
Co-Lin (4-2, 2-1) is coming off of a 20-9 win at Pearl River. They were led in the win by sophomore quarterback Daniel Fitzwater and his 306 yards passing. Fitzwater finished 22-for-32 with one touchdown and one interception. As has been the case all season, his favorite target was Mississippi State commit Donald Gray. Gray caught eight passes for 111 yards. Sophomore running back De’Lance Turner led the ground attack with 77 yards on 11 carries. Freshman kicker Greg Nickles made field goals of 22 and 23-yards.
The defense put forth one of their best efforts of the season in the win over Pearl River. Sophomore cornerback Arthur Maulet had two interceptions late in the game that stopped crucial Wildcat drives. Defensive tackle Demond Tucker finished with nine tackles, including two sacks. Mississippi State commit Johnathan Calvin chipped in six tackles and a sack. Co-Lin limited Pearl River to 146 yards of total offense in the game and only gave up 46 yards in the first half.
Hinds (4-2, 2-1) comes to Wesson in a three way tie with Co-Lin and Jones for second place in the division. The Eagles are coming off of a 24-16 win over East Central in Raymond. Hinds is led by sophomore quarterback James Summers. Summers, a two year starter, has thrown for 780 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. Where Summers does most of his damage is with his legs. He leads Hinds with 673 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. The Greensboro, North Carolina native averages 111 rushing yards per game.
Hinds was shocked in week one by a 28-21 loss to Holmes. The Eagles, led by longtime head coach Gene Murphy, have rebounded to go 4-1, with their lone loss coming 40-23 to undefeated Gulf Coast. Co-Lin has won five of their last six meeting with Hinds.
Saturday will be filled with homecoming activities in Wesson. The day begins with the Big Wolf 5K in Stone Stadium. Race registration begins at 6:30 and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class will be honored beginning at 9 a.m. in Rea Auditorium. A tailgate party will be held in the center of campus from 12-2 p.m. and will feature live music by the Sojourners and Blue Wave Show Band. At 2:30 p.m. the homecoming court will be presented and Homecoming Queen Caroleah Brister will be crowned.
Kickoff in Stone Stadium is 3 p.m. General admissions tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Co-Lin students get in free with their student ID.
The game can be heard on 104.3 FM in Brookhaven and it will be streamed live at www.colinathletics.com.