Poets cage Jaguars on final drive

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Camden &045; The Wilcox Central Jaguars dropped its second straight season opener to the 6A Sidney-Lanier Poets Friday night, 35-30.

The Poets used all but 27 seconds of the last 3:52 of the game driving 67 yards down the field and capping it off with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Turner to Darius Waits.

Wilcox Central had just drove 67 yards of their own in that final quarter to come from behind and make the score 30 – 28 on Cleveland "New York" Coles’ 18-yard blast off right tackle.

The 10-play drive took 6:44 off the clock, but not enough to hold off the Sidney-Lanier Poets.

For the Jaguars, Coles rushed for 223 yards in the game.

Unofficially Wilcox

gained over 400 yards of total offense in the high scoring game. Their four scoring drives were 73 yards, 99 yards, 86 yards and 67 yards respectively.

The Poets took the opening drive of the game for a score when QB Cedric Scott found his wide receiver behind the Wilcox Central secondary for a 16-yard strike.

But WC came right back with its first drive of the season to tie the game 6-6 on senior running back Jermaine Pettway’s 12-yard run around left end.

The Poets recorded a safety in the second quarter, pushing the game to 8-6, and threatened to widen the scoring gap, but the Jaguars buckled down on defense and held the Poets scoreless from the Wilcox one-yard line.

On offense from their own one-yard line Wilcox Central marched 99 yards for a score on a 10-yard run up the middle by Coles to go up 14-8, after the two point conversion.

WC went into the locker

room up 22-15 at the half. Coles rumbled for 160 yards in the first half.

The Poets scored twice in the third quarter. Once on a 1-yard run and another on a 37-yard interception return. The third quarter ended with SL up 28-22.

In the fourth quarter Wilcox Central took the ball down for the final score of the game. They held the ball for almost seven minutes,