Wolves Lose in Home Opener

Libby Adams, Writer

The number 13, Wolves, hosted the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs on Thursday. With last year’s loss, 21-7, against the bulldogs, the wolves were hoping to fight back and change that loss to a win. The Wolves came into this match-up with an undefeated record of two wins and zero losses, with both games being away from home. This game was the first game of the season to take place on the Wolves home ground, Stone Stadium.

The first meeting between these two teams dates all the way back to 1929. The Wolves won the first game against the Bulldogs with a score of nineteen to zero and won every matchup against MGCCC for the following 4 years. Later on, the Bulldogs eventually caught up and led the series 51-16-1. This tied ballgame dates back to 1945 when neither team scored a point.

As I have previously mentioned, Co-Lin entered this game with two wins, hoping to continue the season undefeated. Having a very effective offensive system and the defense taken away six interceptions, the wolves came into the game having what it takes to push passed the Bulldogs powerful offense. Before this game, the Wolves had already accumulated 772 yards on offense and only given up 425 yards on defense. The two most powerful players on offense, Woody Barrett and Deion Dampier, play at the positions of quarterback and running back; they expected to continue their solid playing coming into this game.

The MGCCC Bulldogs came into this game with a heartbreaking loss against number 2, East Mississippi, by a score of 49-10. They have played hard on offense gaining a total of 811 yards, but were weak on defense and have given up 1,059 yard for the season so far. The defense obviously had to step up in order to get a win against the explosive offense of Co-Lin.

This game did not turn out exactly as the Wolves had hoped for, as they lost by a score of 21-14. The defense was at their strongest after halftime, only letting the Bulldogs score once. One of the biggest plays of the game occurred when Co-Lin’s, Tyler Gross, picked off a pass and returned it for 62 yards. This setup led to the Wolves’ following touchdown, which also tied the game. The Wolves had the opportunity to score again when Barrett made a 45-yard connection to Ryan Drew all the way to the Bulldogs five-yard line, but this attempt failed after a series of three penalties. Even though they fought hard, it was not hard enough to push past the Bulldogs’ defense.