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Wesson hunts first region win vs. Chiefs

The Wesson Cobras (4-4) will look to break a three-game losing streak Friday night when they travel to Walthall County to tangle with the Tylertown Chiefs (3-6).

Both teams come in with identical 0-3 Region 8-3A records, and both lost close games last week. Wesson dropped a home game last week 21-12 to West Marion and Tylertown lost 20-14 at Seminary.

When Wesson coach Jeremy Loy looks at the Chiefs, he sees an explosive team that is better than their record shows.

“They’re very good,” said Loy. “They’ve got tons of speed and a quarterback that drives everything they do. The biggest thing for us is to limit those big plays and try to make them sustain drives.”

Tylertown senior quarterback Jashon Baker has thrown for 993 yards this season, with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Baker is also second on the team in rushing with 444 yards on the ground and three more scores. Junior running back Javonte Walker has rushed 77 times for 509 yards to lead the Chiefs. 

Tylertown owns wins over 5A North Pike, 4A South Pike and 4A McComb. The Chiefs have a stout defense and their win over South Pike is evidence of that. Tylertown held the Eagles to only 20 points in their win. South Pike has scored 40 or more points six times this season and has also topped the 60-point threshold three times.

Wesson sophomore quarterback Antrelle Sims has rushed for 742 yards this season while throwing for 557 more yards. He has scored 12 touchdowns in 2018.

The trio of Chamar Martin, Scott Hutt and Jim Guess lead the Cobra defense. The linebackers are the top tacklers on the team, as senior Martin has made 98 stops in 2018. A junior, Hutt is second with 91 tackles and the senior Guess has a team leading 8.5 tackles for a loss, despite missing two games due to injury.

Kickoff between the Chiefs and Cobras is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.

Story by Cliff Furr