Injuries mar Co-Lin’s season

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 22, 1999

The 1999 football season was filled with a lot of highs and lows for the Copiah-Lincoln football team. The Wolves finished 5-5, losing a tough 7-3 contest to Holmes in the opener, but upsetting Hinds 36-29.

&uot;We thought we should have done better,&uot; said Co-Lin coach Phil Broome, whose team finished 2-2 in South Division play. &uot;I thought the first of the year hurt us because we hadn’t jelled offensively. It took us some time to really start coming together.&uot;

The Wolves had four straight wins, but injuries to quarterback Denard Parks and running back Ernest Pitts were keys in two straight losses at the end of the season.

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Parks passed for 991 yards and rushed for 312 more. Pitts rushed for 1,215 yards.

&uot;Denard was a lot of our offense and that made a difference against Southwest,&uot; Broome said. &uot;But we had some good wins over people like Hinds, Itawamba and Jones and we feel good about that.&uot;

Broome loses his Natchez wide receiver pair of Clarence Parker and Marco Minor.

Parker, who was named second team All-South, led Co-Lin with 31 catches for 449 yards and four touchdowns.

&uot;Clarence did real well,&uot; Broome said. &uot;I was real proud of his effort.&uot;

Minor caught 20 passes for 197 yards.

Freshman Greg Carter of Natchez caught five passes for 72 yards.

&uot;Marco didn’t have the kind of year he wanted to have or I wanted him to have, but he’s a quality kid,&uot;&160;Broome said. &uot;I don’t know that I’ll ever have that quality at wide receiver from Natchez. That was kind of unique.&uot;

Natchez sophomore Marcus Green was the second-leading tackler for Co-Lin, finishing with 104 total stops, 47 which were solo.

&uot;Marcus came on and played well,&uot; Broome said. &uot;He was very consistent and I was tickled with his effort.&uot;

Broome said rebuilding the offensive line will be big key next spring.

&uot;We lost most of our offensive front,&uot; he said. &uot;We have to solidify that position and maybe move some people around based on their performance in the fall. We don’t have but a few sophomores to work with, so we have to acquire a lot of guys to help us out.&uot;

Broome said recruiting is going well, although it is still in the early stages.

&uot;We feel like there are some players in our district who can help us,&uot; he said. &uot;We’re anxious to get going again.&uot;