Wesson Cobras fall to Sumrall Bobcats

Published 11:31 pm Friday, August 25, 2017

Wesson’s hopes for a perfect season are gone with Friday’s loss to Sumrall, 35-21, but they’re planning to work hard to make the rest of the season as great as possible.

The Cobras met Sumrall in Bobcat territory Friday night, looking for a W.  Wesson was coming off a 32-12 win against Crystal Springs from its last game, and the Bobcats were still licking their wounds from falling to South Jones 36-0.

But the Cobras fell behind 14 to zip in the first quarter, only answering with seven points to Sumrall’s addition of the same in quarter number two. Going into the half the score sat at 21-7.

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“We got down 21 and I thought we did a great job of getting back in it,” said Wesson head coach Jeremy Loy after the game. “We fought hard, showed a lot of fight.”

In the third quarter, the Cobras were able to punch two more touchdowns into the end zone, but a third was called back on what Loy called a phantom call.

“We don’t know why,” he said, “and that’s frustrating. We still don’t know what it is. That was a big momentum shifter.”

Ultimately, it was a shift that cost the Cobras the game as the Bobcats tacked on two more TDs before the night was over, finishing out at 35 over Wesson’s 21. In the 2016 matchup between Wesson and Sumrall, the teams entered the half tied at 21 before Sumrall ended up on top with a 41-35 final score.

“The kids played hard and played a good game,” Loy said.

Senior quarterback Dale Thigpen, a standout running back last season, had a big night Friday with a lot of rushing yards, though Loy was not yet sure how many.

His guys are going to have to go back to work and get better as they face the rest of the season, Loy said, but he has confidence in them.

“It’s a tough loss,” he said, “But they all did a good job.”

A 1-1 Enterprise will host Bogue Chitto next week, taking what they hope will be a victorious strike at some other Bobcats.