In a game that began as a true test for both teams, the Clarksdale Wildcats, led by Dandy Dozen quarterback Darren Williams, played the Greenville-Weston Hornets Friday night at Charles Kerg Field in Greenville, Mississippi. Although defense dominated play in the first half, Clarksdale managed to take a 14 - 7 lead into halftime.

Darren Williams rushed 6 times during the first half for a total of 53 yards. Clarksdale's second touchdown came when Williams threaded the needle between two would-be defenders for a 16-yard scoring pass to his tailback Truman McBride.

Although managing only two touchdowns in the first half against a surprisingly stingy Greenville defense, Clarksdale exploded for three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and added another in the fourth.

Of the six touchdowns scored by Clarksdale, Williams again accounted for four. In addition to his touchdown pass in the first half, during the third quarter he scored on two quarterback sneaks from the three and two-yard lines. He also erupted for a 76-yard scoring run when he fielded a punt at his own 24-yard line and took it the distance behind fine blocking by his teammates.

However, the most impressive plays by Williams were not scoring plays.

In the third quarter, on third and short and backed up against his own goal line, the Clarksdale HS running back fumbled the exchange. Williams backed up to his two-yard line to retrieve the ball, alluded several would-be tacklers, then took advantage of some exceptional blocking by his linemen and while on a dead run, threw a strike to a running back. The play was good for 35 yards and a first down. During the very next series, while in the shotgun formation, the ball was snapped over his head. Williams went back and scooped up the ball. While under heavy pressure, he alertly ran away from the rush, and while on the run, threw another perfect strike to his wide receiver 20 yards downfield. Both of these plays kept alive what eventually proved to be a scoring drive.

Williams final stats were 9 rushing plays for a total of 57 yards, 5 for 13 passing for a total of 113 yards and one punt returned 76 yards for a touchdown. In addition, Williams punted twice for 49 and 50 yards respectively.

All in all, another outing that demonstrated why Darren Williams is being sought by schools throughout the nation.

Final score - Clarksdale 41, Greenville-Weston 10.

Next week should provide Williams and the other Wildcats a more challenging test as they venture into Panola County to take on the always tough South Panola Tigers.

Until next week, see ya.

Report provided by Charlie Webster, Clarksdale HS football radio color commentator.

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