Warren Central High School football team pulled off a big 35-28 district win over Northwest Rankin on Friday night.
The Cougars came out moving the ball quickly and were able to strike first with a 11-yard touchdown.
On the Vikings’ second possession, WC quarterback Jack Wright hit Zack Evans for a big gain before scrambling on the next play. Two plays later sophomore Eric Collins Jr. broke out for a 50-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven.
On the Cougars’ following drive, a bad snap resulted in a fumble where WC’s Romyeko Truitt scooped up the ball and took it for a touchdown.
NWR would score on a short field goal after Julien Demby blasted the quarterback which put the score at 14-10.
As WC forced NWR to punt on their next possession, Wright hit Trey Hall on the left side of the field for a 30-yard touchdown to go up 21-10. Before halftime NWR would narrow WC’s lead to 21-17 after the Cougars scored another short touchdown. Ronnie Blossom and LJ Reynolds both popped NWR’s quarterback before halftime.
The Cougars came out of halftime moving the ball at a good pace and they were able to make it down the field but the drive resulted in a failed field goal attempt.
WC also got the ball moving on their next possession with Wright connecting with Maddox Lynch a few times followed by a 56- yard touchdown by Collins that gave the Vikings a 28–17 lead.
NWR didn’t get discouraged as they picked up a quick touchdown after a long run along with a successful two-point conversion to put the score at 28-25 with the Vikings’ leading.
Deep into the fourth quarter, WC made their way down the field again with Mark Gray Jr. and Hall running the ball well in the red zone. Hall took it in for the one-yard score on fourth down as the line blocked great on that play to make it a 10-point game.
The Cougars had no trouble moving the ball late in the game and made it into Viking territory shortly after Blossom popped the ball carrier. NWR settled for a field goal as WC led 35-28.
WC went back to the run-game with Hall, Gray, Darius Carter, and Collins as time expired with the Vikings picking up the big win.
The Vikings are now 5-1 on the year and will travel to Pearl on Friday.
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