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Pearl River Wildcats upset No. 1 Co-Lin

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin wide receiver Jalen Smith (10) is wrestled down by Pearl River's Tekodee Peters (32) and Tarvarious Moore (2) in Saturday's JUCO action at Stone Stadium.

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin wide receiver Jalen Smith (10) is wrestled down by Pearl River’s Tekodee Peters (32) and Tarvarious Moore (2) in Saturday’s JUCO action at Stone Stadium.

WESSON – The Pearl River Wildcats spoiled Co-Lin’s homecoming upsetting the No. 1 ranked Wolfpack 17-9 in a South Division contest today. The Wolfpack fall to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the South Division.

“We didn’t play our best today,” said Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis. “I have to give Pearl River credit. The first half I thought we went through the motions. I thought we did some things better in the second half. Defensively, I thought we played well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We just didn’t score touchdowns when we had the opportunities. We had three turnovers and it wasn’t one of our better ball games.”

The Wolfpack took a 3-0 lead at the 5:11 mark in the first quarter on a Greg Nickles 42-yard field goal. The Wildcats capitalized on a Co-Lin turnover as running back Carlos Ransburgh rambled in from 2-yards out. Brennan O’Keefe’s PAT gave Pearl River a 7-3 lead with 1:19 left in the quarter.

Pearl River (2-4, 1-3) took a 10-3 lead into halftime on an O’Keefe 32-yard field goal with 6:31 left in the second quarter.

With 4:59 left in the third quarter, the Wolfpack would close the gap to 10-6 as Nickles hit on a 47-yard field goal, his longest of the season. Nickles would add a 22-yard field goal with 11:14 left in the fourth quarter as the Wolfpack closed the gap to 10-9.

Pearl River would ice the game with 1:57 remaining when Tyler Jack would intercept a Garrett Kruzcek pass and return it 45 yards for a touchdown.

Kruzcek finished the game 23-of-45 for 221 yards. Lakedric Lee led the Wolfpack rushing attack with 24 carries for 115 yards. Dayall Harris had 6 catches for 58 yards. Julius Craft had 4 receptions for 54 yards.

Defensively, Zach Williams had 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss. Deshon Cooper added 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss.

Co-Lin travels to Raymond to face the Hinds Eagles on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Listen live at www.colinathletics.com or WMJU 104.3 FM.