BY BRADLEY CROW
The Wesson Cobras (4-0) performance was as beautiful as the artificial turf field of Oak Grove Friday evening as they trounced the Sumrall Bobcats (1-4) 41-6 in Hattiesburg.
The game was moved to Oak Grove due to field conditions in Sumrall. That was perfect for junior quarterback Matt Smith who took the opening play 73 yards to paydirt and finished the evening with 194 yards rushing on 17 carries and the score. Smith also connected with tight end Patrick Boone on an 18 yard scoring strike in the first quarter. Reserve tailback Steven Jones hit the century mark for the first time in his career with 100 yards on 4 carries and two touchdowns.
“We played well but could have played even better,” commented Boone. “I feel good about the touchdown catch and hopefully there will be more to come.”
The Cobras could have scored 70, but the four turnovers hurt the Cobra effort on the evening. The only consolation was Sumrall was just as careless with five turnovers of their own.
The first quarter saw the Cobras race out to the 14-0 lead with Matt Smith’s run and Boone’s catch. Austin Graham kicked all both PAT’s down the middle for the Cobras.
The lone score of the second quarter came when tailback Jeromy Smith hit the endzone at the 6:41 mark of the second quarter from 5 yards out. Graham sent it to the half with the PAT 21-0.
The Cobras opened the second half with a bang when Dre Smith returned the opening kickoff 68 yards to the Bobcat 8 yard line. One play later and 22 seconds into the third quarter, Jeromy Smith found the endzone again from 8 yards out. Graham put the lead to 28-0 heading into the fourth.
The Cobras turned the reigns over to freshman tailback Jones who lit the scoreboard up from 10 yards and 87 yards out respectively. The speedy tailback put 12 points on the board for the Cobras and Graham went 1 for 2 on PAT’s in the fourth quarter to end the game 41-6.
Sumrall picked up a 43 yard TD run from tailback Ketrick Wolfe in garbage time for the Bobcats.
“I thought we came out and got after them and took the momentum,” explained head coach Tommy Clopton. “I thought we played well defensively and that we also had several different guys step up and make big plays to win.”
The defensive stats were not complete at press time, but the Cobras got interceptions from Matt Smith and Brandon Allen. The Cobras got fumble recoveries from Morgan Robinson, Eric Sharp and Alfred Motley on the evening.
The Cobras host the Florence Eagles for homecoming next Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m.