Vikings win sixth straight Horton rivalry game

By Jonathan Wise

Pontotoc Progress

ECRU – South Pontotoc coach Roger Chism was worried about North Pontotoc’s speed and vertical passing game coming into last night’s matchup, but it ended up being the North’s power rushing attack that gave the Cougars fits.

The Vikings claimed their sixth straight Horton Trophy with Friday night’s 42-13 rout of their county rivals.

Viking senior tailback Jeremy Wilkes enjoyed a big night with over 100 yards on the ground, and the North air attack was no slouch as well.

Quarterback Trey Jolly completed a 6-10 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Jolly added two rushing touchdowns of 6 and 11 yards.

“Wilkes did a great job, and the offensive line did a great job opening up holes for him,” said North head coach Brian Sutton. “We have been struggling a little bit there, but when you can established the run like we did tonight it opens up your passing game even more. That’s what we need to continue to do going forward.”

Big plays

The Vikings took an early lead when Jolly found speedster Brooks Shannon behind the Cougar secondary for a 57-yard scoring strike. South responded to tie things up on a 28-yard pass from Wesley Ross to Clay Hood in the opening minute of the second quarter, the first of his two touchdown catches on the night. Tucker Babb set up the score when he picked off receiver Marcus Green at the Cougar goal line and returned it deep into Viking territory.

“I got a little greedy there,” Sutton said about the interception, in which Green tried to pass off of a reverse. “I have a lot of respect for South. They are a good football team and they came back on us and battled hard.”

South’s momentum, however, was short lived. The Vikings exploded for 21 unanswered points to take a 28-7 lead into the locker room. Wilkes and Marcus Green found the end zone with runs of seven and 58 yards, and Jolly scored from 11 yards out on a quarterback keeper.

“I am proud of my guys for keeping their focus this week in practice and executing tonight,” Sutton said. “In a rivalry game anything can happen. We played hard and made some big plays.”

jonathan.wise@journalinc.com