Hobson's choice: Collins praises backup QB's 'demeanor'

Luke Hobson wasn’t supposed to re-enter the game last week against New Hope, but Tupelo coach Eric Collins wanted his young quarterback on the field.
Minutes before, the Golden Wave sophomore had thrown a pass interception that was returned for a touchdown in Tupelo’s 28-17 season-opening loss.
“I put him right back in,” instead of starter Nathan Wallace, Collins said. “I thought it was best for him after throwing the interception.
“He was able to keep his composure and lead his team to a score.”
Hobson, who was scheduled to run one series each half, completed two passes for 42 yards and scored a TD on a 1-yard run to cap a 70-yard, seven-play drive. On three possessions, he completed 3-of-4 passes for 69 yards and added 16 yards rushing on three carries.
He also directed the offense to the end zone – 14-yard Tyler McKenzie run – on his first series under center in the first half. His 27-yard pass to Jeremy Foster set up the six-pointer.
“He shows a lot of promise,” Collins said. “I liked his demeanor.”
Hobson also kicked a 34-yard field goal on his first varsity attempt. He missed a 34-yard attempt wide left in the fourth quarter.
Cross Country
– Max Holman finished second overall and Tupelo’s boys captured the team championship Saturday in the Brooks Invitational Cross Country Meet in Florence, Ala.
Holman covered the 5K course in 15 minutes, 49 seconds while his team totaled 47 points in its victory. Stephen Dudas (17:12), Nolan Palladino (17:37), Harrison Campeau (18:00) and Harrison Poole (18:47) rounded out the Wave’s top finishes.
Katherine Steinman finished second in 20:31 and the Lady Wave placed second as a team in the meet.
Kacie Harris (21:20), Madison Nash (21:38), Brianna Weatherford (22:49) and Mary Katherine Reed (23:12) helped the Wave score 40 points. Scottsboro, Ala., won the meet with 30 points.
Tupelo runs Saturday in the Memphis Twilight Run at the Mike Rose soccer complex in Memphis.
– Coach Clint Jordan’s Lady Wave won its own Volleyfest tournament Saturday, defeating Aberdeen 25-8 and 25-22 in the finals.
Tupelo defeated Corinth, Aberdeen and Lewisburg in pool play, then beat Olive Branch 25-17, 25-14 in the quarterfinals and stopped Lake Cormorant 25-21, 25-17 in the semifinals.
Tupelo’s win against Olive Branch was its first in five seasons against the DeSoto County school.

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