By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Weir Lions completed what is likely their final Mississippi High School Activities football schedule in the school’s history with a win last Friday night.
The Lions traveled to Crawford to square off with the East Oktibbeha Titans. After Oktibbeha County school lost accreditation last week, East Oktibbeha entered the meeting with uncertainties of their own. This final Class 1A, Region 2, District 3 matchup for the 2012 season featured two teams who were both anticipating capping the year with a win.
Emotions were high as the Lions and Titans took the field.
Weir jumped on the board in the first quarter when senior quarterback Tyler Henson completed a Lion drive with a run from three yards out. Senior Tyler Martin added the extra point.
The Lions gained an early 7-0 lead.
The Titans answered back late in the first quarter with a four-yard run by East Oktibbeha senior Justin Williams. After a failed PAT, Weir retained the lead, 7-6.
While the Lion defense made a strong stand in the second and third quarters shutting out the Titan offense, the Weir offense extended the lead.
Henson ran for another touchdown in the second quarter from the three- yard line.
The Lions had a 13-6 lead over their opponent going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Henson added what is probably the final Lion touchdown in the school history of Weir Attendance Center. Senior running back Darius Brown ran for the extra two points giving the Lions a 21-6 boost over East Oktibbeha.
The Titans added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Lions held on to their one-point lead.
On the offensive side of the ball, Henson led the rushing attack with 21 carries for 123 with three touchdowns. Brown followed with 12 carries for 78 yards while senior running back Willie Miller had 13 carries for 77 yards.
Henson was three for seven through the air for 12 yards.
Brown had two receptions for two yards while Miller had one reception for 10 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Jermy Miller had one interception and returned it for a gain of one yard while Brown had one interception returned for a gain of four yards.
The Lions finished the season with an overall 3-8 record and were 2-6 in district play. For the season, Henson completed 27 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns, and had 111 carries for 313 yards with eight touchdowns.
Brown had 123 carries for 443 yards with three touchdowns and had nine receptions for 38 yards. Willie Miller had 87 carries for 397 yards with one touchdown for the season.
Sophomore receiver Danny Woodard had five receptions for 46 yards with one touchdown and had 19 carries for 61 yards. Woodard also returned one punt for a touchdown.
Jermy Miller had 34 carries for 79 yards with one touchdown and had four receptions for 58 yards.
Freshman Mello Woodard had eight carries for 31 yards with one touchdown for the year.
Martin added 12 extra points for the Lions this season and averaged a season high of 38 yards per punt last Friday against East Oktibbeha.
Although Weir had had a rocky season, the Lions made their school proud completing their final game with a win.