Colonels escape Hattiesburg with overtime win

GANG TACKLE – Alex Guess, 9, Michael Williams, 51, Garrett Gaddy, 72, and Dustin Merchant combine to bring down a Bobcat runner during Friday night’s 17-14 overtime win by Copiah, who improved to 10-1. The Colonels travel to Bastrop, LA to play Prairie View Academy in Friday’s first-round AA playoff game.

BY TREY CHAPMAN

The only score in the turnover-plagued first half came just before halftime.  Copiah turned in a 9 play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 12 yard strike from QB Daniel Sims to WR Hunter Greer with 40 seconds before halftime. PK Richard Henley nailed the PAT for Copiah’s 7-0 halftime advantage.
PCS tied the score when Jordan Dearman picked off Sims’ pass at the PCS 1 and returned the ball 99 yards for a score midway through the third quarter.
 Later in the fourth, the Bobcats pinned the Colonels deep at their own 1. Copiah gambled with a pass from the Colonels’ own end zone, and it paid off.  The offense executed a perfect play-action pass from Sims to H. Greer, who darted 99 yards for another Copiah touchdown.  Henley’s PAT put Copiah ahead 14-7, but the lead wouldn’t last long.
PCS scored on a 7-play, 45-yard drive that was capped off by a Roberts to Myers 12 yard touchdown pass.  The PAT was successful, knotting the score, again, at 14-14.
A late Copiah attempt to win the game with a field goal was stopped, and the two teams headed to overtime.
Copiah notched a 25 yard field goal from Henley to take the lead at 17-14 in Copiah’s part of the OT. Then, on PCS’ first play in their portion of overtime, Copiah’s DB Ben Boone intercepted a pass to seal the win and send Copiah home happy.
For the first time in school history the Colonels had a 10-win regular season. Now everyone is 0-0 as the 16 team AA MPSA State Championships begin this week. The Colonels travel to Prairie View Academy in Bastrop, LA, which is 166 miles west of Gallman and approximately 25 miles north of Monroa, LA, next week to face the Spartans, 9-2, in round one of the playoffs.
 “We got the win here tonight, but we have plenty to work to prepare for Prairie View next week. I was real proud of how our guys battled back and won here tonight. We really need a lot of support over there (Prairie View) next week,”  Scott Cline, head coach of the Colonels, said Friday night.
Don’t forget each and every Monday evening Colonel Talk with Coach Scotty Cline at 6:12pm on WDXO-DX 92.9 and every Friday night the Copiah Bank Countdown to Kickoff begins at 6:30pm on WDXO-DX 92.9.  

PHOTO BY DAVID BRUNT

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