Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Wilson Cruises over Decatur


Questions abounded for the Wilson Rams entering the 2012 season, but after all was said and done, coach Don Clegg had several of them answered on Aug. 31 as Wilson cruised to a 45-14 win over the Decatur Gators at Stadium Bowl.

“We were hoping for a decent start and we got one,” said the veteran Ram head man. “I can’t say enough about our effort.”

Clegg’s main concern was the size of the Gator interior lines, which were rendered ineffective in getting penetration in the Wilson backfield and opening holes for the Gators’ backs.

After stopping the Gators on fourth down in Wilson territory on the first drive of the game, the Rams dented the scoreboard first when quarterback Moses Lewis scampered 13 yards and pitched to Ben Matz, who covered 22 more to the end zone. Wilson would never look back.

“We knew we had talent, but we did not know how they would come out and respond early,” said Clegg.

Starting at the Decatur 36-yard line late in the first quarter, Isaiah Simpson would take it in from 11 yards out and Lewis would find Devon Phillips for the two pointer and a 16-0 Rams lead. Phillips, who finished with 103 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, gave a lot of credit to his teammates on both sides of the ball.

“Our bigs were faster off the line of scrimmage the whole game long,” Phillips said. “We pretty much had our way with them all night long.”

Leading 23-0 early in the second quarter, the Gators’ Kevin Young brought back the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to trim the lead to 23-7. But just when you think that you’d seen it all, Isaiah Simpson answered for Wilson with a 76-yard return to the house for a 30-7 lead. With Wilson negating the Decatur size all game long, linebacker Jake Ferris was excited about his team mates performance on the night. “I personally stared off a little rusty, but we were sharp as a team on both sides of the ball,” he said. “I hope we can carry this kind of performance all season long and get to the playoffs.”

With Wilson’s quickness being a factor and the depth they carry on both sides of the ball, Clegg has a pleasant problem to deal with. “If we can stay healthy all season, this team has a real chance to become really special,” Clegg said.

A prime example of that aforementioned quickness is Devon Phillips, who echoes his coaches’ sentiments. “We have the ability to get a lot of things done offensively and if our defense performs like it did tonight, we’ll be in pretty good shape,” he said.

“I just love defense,” added Ferris, “we’re really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

By Steve Mullen