Co-Lin cruises past East Central on the road

Published 11:00 am Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves are back at .500 and have the chance to end their 2022 campaign with a winning record after dispatching the East Central CC Warriors Thursday in Decatur.

The final score ended at 26-14 after the home team from ECCC got a touchdown on a desperation heave at the final buzzer.

East Central (0-8, 0-5) is finishing up its final season under the direction of head coach Ken Karcher — who announced his retirement earlier this season after 10 years at the school.

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The Wolves (4-4, 2-3) spotted the Warriors an early 3-0 lead after fumbling the opening kickoff. After that, not much good happened for the home team as coach Glenn Davis’s CLCC team led 20-3 at halftime.

A 4-yard TD run by Bobby Shanklin Jr. (Noxubee County) and a later 15-yard scamper by freshman Johnnie Daniels (Crystal Springs HS) had Co-Lin up 13-3 in the early part of the second quarter.

The Wolf Pack passing attack got going with 54 seconds before halftime when Jaylen Smith (Jacksonville, Fl) hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback DeVon Tott (Mandeville, La.).

Shanklin got the final touchdown of the night for the Wolves on a 1-yard run that came with 9:59 remaining in the game.

Co-Lin outgained the Warriors 388-318 in total combined yards.

Daniels led the CLCC offense with 97 yards on just 12 carries. His long run went for 17 yards and Daniles averaged 8.1 yards per touch.

Ques McNeal (Choctaw County) and Elijah Short (Columbus HS) both snagged interceptions for the CLCC defense.

Brookhaven High alum Dre Ross was in on 11 total tackles as a defensive back. Defensive lineman Travorus Hatcher (Noxubee County) was part of two sacks for the Wolves defensively.

In other MACCC action on Thursday night, Mississippi Gulf Coast whipped Hinds 34-7 in Raymond, Northeast Mississippi squeezed past Coahoma 17-14, Jones stayed unbeaten with a 31-10 win over Mississippi Delta and Northwest Mississippi also remained undefeated with a 41-14 victory against Holmes.

The 2022 season finishes up for Co-Lin with a home matchup against Hinds (4-4, 3-2). Kickoff in H.L. Stone Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.