The Columbia Wildcats handled the Lawrence County High Cougars Friday, beating LCHS 31-0 in high school football action. Columbia methodically built up a solid lead, then blew the game open with two late touchdowns.
Heavily-recruited running back Omar Johnson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Columbia, but it was the Wildcats’ dominating defense, led by massive defensive tackle Jaheim Oatis, that dominated the game. Lawrence County never got closer to the Columbia goal line than to the Wildcats’ 30-yard line, and that was on the final play of the game.
If all seems lost for the 0-2 Cougars, that’s certainly not the case. Lawrence County, which went 9-6 last fall and advanced all the way to the South 4A title game, had the misfortune of opening its season against the two top-ranked teams in Mississippi 3A football. While returning some key players from last year’s team, the Cougars are in a bit of a rebuild, with some very young 9th graders getting thrown into key spots. All in all, the young Cougars competed well against both Jefferson Davis County and Columbia.
This Friday, the Cougars make their first road trip of the young season, traveling to Wesson to take on the Wesson Cobras. Wesson plays its home games at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday, at Co-Lin’s Stone Stadium.
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