Last Friday night the Clarksdale Wildcats and Darren Williams got back into the winners column with a 48 - 6 win over the Greenwood Bulldogs.

Darren Williams' night was cut short when on the third play of the second quarter, he went down with an ankle sprain. In speaking with the coaches after the game, it appears that the injury was only slight, one coach stating that if they had needed him they could have taped him up and gotten him back on to the field. However, it was the feeling of the coaches that since the game was well in hand, there was no need for Williams to risk further injury.

Notwithstanding his abbreviated play, in the first quarter, Williams returned to his Dandy Dozen form by rushing twice for 18 yards with one touchdown and connecting on 3 out of 4 passes for 110 yards. His longest pass was a strike to his split end who, with some nifty moves of his own, scampered 63 yards to Greenwood's one-yard line. After injuring his ankle, Williams spent the rest of the night "riding the pine."

However, another player that has Mississippi State's attention did a fine job from his defensive linebacker position. Kenny Kearns was in on numerous tackles against the Greenwood club and was a major reason that the Greenwood ground game could never get on track. Kearns demonstrated his speed and agility in making many tackles behind the line of scrimmage. When rushing the passer, there were several occasions when the Greenwood quarterback was chased from the pocket, unable to find time to set up and throw the ball under the rush of Kearns and the rest of the Clarksdale defense. All in all, the Clarksdale squad looked good on both sides of the ball.

Clarksdale travels to Humphreys County next Friday to take on the Humphreys County Cowboys. Williams is expected to be healthy and ready to go for next weeks action.

So, until next week, c'ya.....

Charlie Webster

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