Wolves face EC in pivotal matchup

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The 3-2, 2-0 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves are on the road for the second straight week Thursday as the team travels to Decatur to take on the East Central Community College Warriors, who are also 3-2, 2-0. The two teams are tied for second in the MACJC South Division behind Jones College who is 4-1, 3-0.

Kickoff on Thursday is set for 6:30 p.m. with East Central’s homecoming activities taking place throughout the day. Fans can watch the action live at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media or listen live at colinathletics.com.

Co-Lin’s rushing attack made an impressive return last week as the Wolves racked up 222 yards on the ground against Gulf Coast. Co-Lin’s passing game was sparse, just 52 yards on eight completions, but the rainy weather and wet field conditions were not conducive of the Wolves’ typical game plan.

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Look for the Wolves to bring back the more balanced pass and run game this week as the Warriors give up an average of 227 passing yards a game and 177.8 yards on the ground. Deion Dampier was the running back to watch a week ago as he posted 134 yards and three scores on the ground, but expect fellow sophomore Rico Owens to get many touches.

Co-Lin’s JJ Jernighan also got several looks a week ago and showed great potential. He has averaged nearly four yards per carry. After last week’s run-heavy game look for Co-Lin’s explosive receiving corps to be chomping at the bit this Thursday, ready to take advantage of every target they receive.

James Smith III, who is listed with a staggering 176 rushing attempts for 684 yards, will lead the Warriors offense. Mario Asagunla will be quarterbacking for East Central.

Defensively, Co-Lin gives up just 14.4 per game compared to the Warriors’ 24.4. The Wolves also only allow 128.4 passing yards per game, which limits teams and forces them to be more one-dimensional.

Co-Lin is led by sophomore Swayze Bozeman, who has wrapped a league-high 47 tackles on the year. Jakaiszer Glass is also coming off a career game at Gulf Coast that saw 10 tackles, one sack and an interception. The stellar play landed the Greenwood native MACJC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Expect the Wolves to continue this trend of dominance in the trenches, which allows the Wolves’ athletic group of linebackers to get heavily involved.