Wells, Bobcats Stay on Top

Last season Bogue Chitto took a good football team over to Stringer High School only to come home on the short end of a 31-18 decision. This year things were a bit different. The #1 ranked Bobcats hosted the Red Devils and rode the cheers of the hometown crowd to a come from behind 34-28 win. With the game on the line, Mississippi State commitment Brandon Wells put the team on his shoulders.

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With just over a minute to play, Bogue Chitto quarterback Brock Roberts was sacked and injured.

The football fell to the open turf where it was recovered by Stringer who cashed the turnover in for a score a play later leading to a 21-7 halftime lead.

Roberts would return, but it was Wells who took most of the snaps behind center in the second half.

"I knew I was going to have to take over because Brock got hurt," said Wells. "I am always second in line for quarterback, so I was ready.

"I knew I was going to have to come in and do the job and I am always ready to do that."

One of the biggest plays in the ball game came when Wells sprinted 70 yards off left tackle for a score.

"Once I got the corner all I saw was the endzone," said Wells. "That's all I want.

"I saw that they had the angle on me, but I had in my mind that nobody was going to catch me."

The Bobcats went on to outscore the Red Devils 27-7 in the second half to earn a hard fought 34-28 win.

Give credit to the Stringer players and coaching staff for providing the Bogue Chitto offense more than it's usual share of frustration.

Wells reports that his team did some things to handicap their own efforts as well.

"The first half we came out real sloppy," said Wells. "We weren't ready to play.

"I thought we were messing up offensively and defensively and we had a whole bunch of penalties.

"We dropped some balls we should have caught and we missed some big runs in the running game."

The Bobcat defense had been pretty stingy most of the year, but Stringer found a way to put up 28 points on the Bogue Chitto defense, a season high.

Wells believes a close game that forced the Bobcats to come from behind will help them prepare for the state playoffs.

"This was the hardest game so far this season," said Wells. "They have a good team. We are looking forward to a lot more games like this one in the playoffs."

The win over Stringer capped an exciting week for the three star standout who was named to the Mississippi roster for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

"We haven't had many All-Stars here," said Wells of his high school. "I feel real proud to be in the game. It's a real honor to be able to go and play with all of the other prospects and try to get a win for Mississippi."

Wells will see plenty of familiar faces when he arrives in Montgomery, Alabama for All-Star week.

A total of nine Mississippi State commitments will be on the roster for the Magnolia State squad.

"It's going to give me a chance to work with all of my future teammates," said Wells of the All-Star practices. "I am looking forward to getting to know all of them better and I want us all to go have a good time."


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