Warriors drop regional opener 35-30 during Homecoming
The Choctaw Central Warriors battled until the final minute of play before falling to the Kosciusko Whippets 35-20 Friday night in prep football action.
It was homecoming night for the Warriors. They took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 15 plays to take the early lead. Quarterback Eli Joe scored on a 5-yard run. The kick was good and the Warriors led 7-0 with 5:10 left in the first quarter.
The Whippets came back with a scoring drive of their own. Quarterback Ethan Wood connected with Lee Wade for a 39-yard TD pass play. The kick was good and the game was tied at 7-7 with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter.
The Whippets forced Choctaw Central to punt and then put together another scoring drive. A 54-yard run by Ceavon Toliver put the Whippets on the Choctaw Central 3-yard line. On the next play, Davion Roby carried the ball into the endzone for a touchdown. The kick was good and the Whippets led 14-7 with 10:42 left in the half.
Kosciusko scored two more touchdowns in the quarter. Wood hit Roby on a 47-yard pass play, and then completed a 48-yard TD pass. With 4:08 left in the second quarter, Kosciusko led 28-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jeriah Jimmie returned the ball 87 yards to give the Warriors a first down on the Kosciusko 12-yard line. On the next play, Joe ran it in for the touchdown. The kick was true and the score stood at 28-14 at the half.
In the third quarter, Joe scored on a 1-yard run. The kick was no good and Choctaw Central trailed 28-20.
That’s how it stood until the final minute of the game. The Warriors were trapped back on their two yard line. On fourth, Choctaw Central rolled the dice and went for a long pass that fell incomplete. Kosciusko took possession and ran it in for a touchdown. The extra point kick ended the scoring.
The Warriors dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Region 4-4A standings. They will visit Louisville Friday. Kosciusko improved to 4-0 and 0-1 in the standings. They host West Lauderdale Friday.