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Co-Lin gets big win agaisnt 4th-ranked Itawamba

WESSON — Daniel Fitzwater threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and Co-Lin’s defense contributed with a touchdown as the Wolves, the 9th-ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, dismantled the 4th-ranked Itawamba Community College Indians 48-7 Thursday night.

Fitzwater didn’t take long to put Co-Lin on the board as he threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Casey Gladney at the 13:44 mark of the first quarter. Blayne Jones added the extra point.

Then Fitzwater threw a 31-yard TD pass to Courtney Foy with 6:52 to go in the opening quarter. In a 21-point third quarter that ended any thoughts of an Itawamba comeback, Fitzwater had two TD passes, the first for 31 yards to Koy McFarland with 10:09 remaining and the second for 16 yards to Kelton Smith with 6:49 left.

Fitzwater ended up completing 24 of 40 passes for 483 yards. Gladney, the reigning NJCAA and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Offensive Player of the Week, had 8 catches for 219 yards.

Itawamba’s only score of the game occurred 6 seconds into the second quarter when Griff Loftis connected with Shante Rogers on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Jeb Millender made the extra point and that made it a 14-7 game before Co-Lin eventually took over.

Against the Wolves’ defense, that was Loftis’ highlight. He completed just 13 of 41 passes for 147 yards and three interceptions. One of those was turned out to be a pick-6 by BeJay Welch that went 74 yards with 9:07 to go in the third quarter. Ryan Ducksworth and Edward Muldrow also had interceptions.

Co-Lin’s other two touchdowns were on the ground – a 2-yard run by Van Lee with just under 2:00 to go until halftime and a 6-yard run by Smith with 11:10 left in the fourth quarter.

Co-Lin (5-1) hosts Pearl River Community College for homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.