ND vs. Clarksdale Lee
By Brad Greer
After picking up their first win of the season last week at Tunica, North Delta will try and make it win number two as they host Clarksdale Lee in the 2009 home opener at Green Wave Field.
The contest will mark the third straight District 1-AA opponent for the Class AAA Colts. Lee will head into tonight’s battle sporting a 2-0 record on the season after thumping Kirk Academy 34-12 last week. The Colts defeated Indianola 28-3 to open the season.
Senior quarterback Ben True ( 6’1”; 165 pounds) leads the Colts ‘ Wing T’ offense. Joining True in the backfield will be tailback Welby Wu.
Through the first two games Wu has rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns. In last week’s win over Kirk, the five-foot-nine, 170-pound Wu rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns including a 57-yard scamper in the third quarter.
The Colts are led on the offensive line by junior Coleman Frazier ( 6’3”; 250) and senior Bo Armstrong (6’1” 210).
North Delta head coach Dan Werner said containing Wu will be the focal point of the game.
“He (Wu) is a very good running back. He is very quick and runs hard every time he touches the ball,” said Werner.
Werner went on to say that Lee looks a lot like the Green Waves first opponent Magnolia Heights on film, but only with a different contrast of style on offense.
“Lee is somewhat like Magnolia Heights only they run out of the Wing T so there is a lot of mis- direction to their offensive scheme. We are going to have to be disciplined on defense and stay in our lanes ,” said Werner.
North Delta meanwhile is hoping for offensive production like it did last week in a 33-12 victory over Tunica. Led by offensive linemen Travis Overall, Conor Ferguson, Carson Bailey, Will Dunlap and Bill Gurley, the Green Wave rolled up 392 total yards offense with 295 of that via the ground game. Sophomore Chris Rodgers added 100 yards on eight carries and a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Tres Brasell rushed for 208 yards on 25 carries including a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Brasell has 290 rushing on the season and is the second leading rusher in Class AA only behind Central Private (Baker, La.) Bobby Muse who has run for 575 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Derick Shawn threw for 97 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Corbin Baker and Chris Reeves.