BY BRADLEY CROW
The Wesson Cobras (6-1) entered Friday nights contest without quarterback Matt Smith at the helm, but got a yeoman’s effort from sophomore Jacob Fischer and a tremendous defensive performance by his teammates to escape the Enterprise Yellow Jackets (3-5) with 27-6 victory.
The Cobras entered the game with several suspect questions needing to be answered. How would they respond off last weeks emotional loss to Loyd Star and more importantly how would they perform without quarterback Matt Smith?
Jacob Fisher erased that in short order busting off a 43 yard option keeper on the first snap from scrimmage and the Cobras played stellar defense to secure the victory. The Cobras were led by Jeromy Smith who took the leadership role and provided 103 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.
“I thought we bounced back tonight,” explained Wesson head coach Tommy Clopton. “My hats off to Enterprise, they played hard but Jake stepped in and made plays.”
Wesson struck first when Fischer found the endzone from 2 yards out with 10:11 left in the first quarter. Austin Graham nailed the PAT to put the Cobras up 7-0.
Both teams displayed punishing defensive performances, but the second quarter saw the Cobras get Jeromy Smith’s first touchdown at the 7:53 mark. A 6 yard scamper to paydirt put the Cobras up 13-0 after Graham pushed the PAT wide.
The third quarter saw Clopton reach deep into the playbook when wingback Dre’ Smith hit wideout D.J. Coleman on a 43 yard halfback pass. The TD was Coleman’s 4th touchdown in as many games and put the Cobras up 20-0 after Graham’s PAT.
In the fourth quarter, the Cobras would score after defensive end Barron Miller recovered a fumble setting up Smith’s other run of 16 yards. Graham ended the scoring for the Cobras with a successful PAT at 27-0.
Enterprise, which struggled mightily on offense, finally lit the scoreboard late in the game when Matt King recovered his own players fumble in the endzone for the Jacket score ending the scoring at 27-6.
“I thought we played hard defensively,” stated Enterprise head coach Wayne Rogers. “I just wish some of our guys would bring the intensity they have on the defensive side of the football over to the offensive side. That is what disappoints me right now.”
The Cobras got 57 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Fischer. Steve Jones and Deon Pendleton pitched in 35 and 30 yards respectively in the effort. Enterprise was led by quarterback Cody Brister who was sacked twice, but managed 28 yards on the ground and 51 through the air for the Yellow Jackets.
Defensively, the Cobras were led by defensive end Morgan Robinson and cornerback Pendleton who had 10 stops each. Linebacker Brandon Bland had 8 tackles on the evening for the Cobras.
Wesson hosts St. Joe this Friday. Senior Night activities preclude the kickoff, which is scheduled for 7:00.