No. 12 Co-Lin hosting Jones in huge matchup
WESSON – Stone Stadium will be the site of the biggest community college game in the state on Thursday night as the No. 12 Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack host Jones County for the regular season finale in Wesson. It’s a winner take all matchup as Co-Lin attempts to sew up the MACJC South Division football title with a win over the Bobcats Thursday night. A Jones County win will give the division title to the Gulf Coast Bulldogs and Jones will take second place and the playoff birth that comes with it. Gulf Coast will be the second place team if Co-Lin wins the division.
Co-Lin (6-2, 4-1) takes the field just five days after their huge win over then No. 3 Gulf Coast in Perkinston. The comeback win was wrapped up when Diquan Davis returned a Gulf Coast kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown with 2:04 remaining in the game. Davis had previously returned a kickoff 94-yards for a TD and also added a 5-yard rushing touchdown earlier in the game.
Davis has been named state and national special teams player of the week. Co-Lin trailed 19-6 for most of the first half and cut the lead to 19-9 just before halftime when Greg Nickles drilled a 40-yard field goal. The Wolfpack took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Fitzwater to Donald Gray. Gray, a Mississippi State commit, has caught eight touchdowns passes through eight games and also returned two punts for scores. Fitzwater finished 17-of-29 passing for 192 yards. The sophomore from Shreveport has thrown a touchdown pass in 14 consecutive games during his career at Co-Lin. The Co-Lin defense held Gulf Coast to a lone second half touchdown. Freshman linebacker Zach Williams led the Wolfpack tacklers with 17 stops. Nick Beasley added seven tackles and Johnathan Taylor added six tackles, as did Adrian Scott.
Jones (5-3, 3-2) is coming off of a 52-45 win over Hinds on Saturday. The win snapped a three game losing streak in which the Bobcats had scored 3, 0, and 7 points. The offense came alive against Hinds by racking up 601 yards of offense against the Eagles
Last season, Co-Lin came into the Jones game as the No. 4 team in the NJCAA before being upset by the No. 9 Bobcats, 50-47, in a wild shootout. Co-Lin led by 19 in the fourth quarter before the Bobcats came storming back. Co-Lin scored with 2:27 remaining to go up 47-43, but could not stop the Bobcats from scoring the winning touchdown with 18.4 seconds remaining. The 2012 matchup was equally exciting as Co-Lin won that game on a touchdown pass from Chandler Rogers to Joe Craig Jr. with 58 seconds remaining.
Kickoff in Stone Stadium is 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Co-Lin students get in free with their student ID.
The game is also the annual “Pink-Out” game where fans are encouraged to wear pink to support cancer awareness.