Mistakes cost Wilkinson County win over Newton

Published 1:25 am Saturday, September 6, 2008

NEWTON — Even though Newton High converted just one of its three two-point conversions, it was just enough to give the Tigers a 20-18 win over the Wilkinson County Wildcats on Friday night.

Once again, Wilkinson County made too many costly mistakes that kept the Wildcats from getting their first win of the season.

“We’re really hurting ourselves with mistakes. If we minimize our mistakes, the outcome would have been different,” Wilkinson County head coach Elbert “Mo” Lyles said. “Three interceptions. Got beat with the deep balls.”

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Kevin Harris had a big hand – two, actually – in the Tigers’ win. He caught a 60-yard scoring pass from Dekarian Beasley in the first quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Cody Hodges in the second half.

After Harris connected with Hodges on a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the two-point conversion run was good and Newton took a 14-6 lead. Brandon Harton scored on a 4-yard run for Wilkinson County early in the fourth quarter that made it a 14-12 game.

Devin Fosselman had another big game for the Wildcats as he scored on a 52-yard run in the first quarter and his 15-yard touchdown pass from Lekeithrick Montgomery with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter cut Newton’s lead to two points. However, they failed to convert the two-point conversion run as they had done the previous two times and the Tigers held on for the win.

Wilkinson County (0-2) plays at Natchez High next Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m.