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Co-Lin in search of first MACJC South Division win

The Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College (2-2) are eyeing the Warriors of East Central Community College (1-3) as their first MACJC South Division victory in 2017. Co-Lin will travel to Decatur on Thursday for a 6:30 kickoff against the Warriors.

Thursday will be the 78th meeting between the two programs dating back to 1950. Co-Lin currently leads the all-time series 45-29-3, a record that was improved last season after a thrilling come from behind Co-Lin victory. The Wolves enter the contest on a two game losing streak after a 35-10 loss on the road to Jones County Junior College last week. East Central is also coming off a loss as the Warriors fell to Gulf Coast Community College 48-25 on the road last week. Fans can watch the action live at ecccathletics.com or listen live through two outlets, colinathletics.com or WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.

The Wolves have the statistical advantage entering Thursday’s matchup as Co-Lin’s offense averages 326.3 yards per game compared to East Central’s 237. On the defensive side, the stats favor the Wolves even more. Co-Lin gives up an average of 280.8 yards per game, 189.5 rushing yards and 91.3 passing yards. The Wolves have also allowed an average of just 17 points per game. East Central has allowed an average of 362 rushing yards, 125 passing yards, and 44 points per game.

Co-Lin’s rushing attack stalled last week against JCJC as the Wolves only posted 42 yards on the ground, much less than the 203.6 that was averaged through the first three contest. However, look for freshmen running backs Rico Owens and Deion Dampier to continue to get touches against the Warriors as the Wolves hope to rebuild confidence in the ground game. Also in rotation in the backfield is Carlos Ransburgh, a sophomore from Jackson, Miss., who had five touches in the loss to JCJC.

The Wolves’ passing game was hit or miss last week as Co-Lin racked up 211 passing yards through three passers. Woody Barrett was 9-for-23 on the night for 127 yards and one interception, Hayden Davis was 6-for-13 for 49 yards with one interception, and Nero Nelson, a wide receiver, threw Co-Lin’s lone touchdown, a 35-yard toss to Kobe Gates, on a “double pass.”

Ryan Drew led Co-Lin’s receiving corps with four catches for 94 yards. Gates posted 43 yards, while Jemarcus Weatherall and Jalen Browder had 39 and 34 yards respectively.

Despite the loss, the Wolves had several standout performances defensively. Damien Dickens led the Wolves with 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Charles Cameron also posted double digits as he wrapped up 10 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Lomoni Jones added another nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. Three Co-Lin players, Sh’Mar Kilby-LaneJakaiszer Glass, and Jakobe Richards, forced fumbles in last week’s contest. Kilby-Lane joined Jones, Kendell Wright, and Barry Howard as defenders that recorded sacks.

Co-Lin’s special teams was solid last week as Griffin Sublett was 1-for-1 on field goals and extra points. The sophomore also averaged nearly 35 yards on eight punts, six of which landed inside the 20-yard line.