Cross County High School Football Player of the Week
September 13, 2003 at 6:58 PM CDT - Updated June 23 at 7:18 PM
Cross County Bank proudly supports the Cross County High School Thunderbirds Player of the Week
Player of the Week is (15) Aaron Bowles. Aaron helped the T-Birds shut down Marcellus Witherspoon, the states leading rusher, and also score a 25 yard TD with :19 to go in the game to give Cross County a 21-8 3AA conference win.
Report: Earle - The Cross County Thunderbird's defense shut down the state's leading rusher in an important 3AA conference football game Friday night. Marcellus Witherspoon of the Earle Bulldogs (5-2, 4-2, 3AA) went into the game with 1,538 total yards rushing. The Thunderbird's (5-2, 5-1, 3AA) defense held Earle to only 76 total yards while recording 293 total yards.
The Bulldogs started at their on 20-yard line when Patrick Jones kicked the ball into the endzone. Earle lined up to punt on a fourth and 18 and Cross County's first score came on a special teams play when Patrick Jones blocked a Bulldogs punt and picked the ball up to score on a 22 yard TD with 6:09 left in the first. Jones' also kicked the PAT.
Earle started the second quarter with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Witherspoon to J.T. Toombs. Witherspoon added the two-point conversion run for an 8-7 halftime lead.
The T-Birds kicked off to the Bulldogs to start the second half and three plays later Derek Simmons recorded his fifth interception of the year for 13 yards to Earle's 29 yard line. Rolandas Hill and Kendole Boykin worked the ball patiently down field and Hill scored on a 1 yard TD with 4:19 left in the third to take the lead for good. The two-point conversion failed.
Cross County and the Bulldogs would exchange the ball several time during the fourth quarter until Aaron Bowles dashed down the right sideline for a 25-yard TD with :19 seconds left in the game to cap the victory. Boykin added the two-point conversion for a final score of 21-8.
The T-Birds offensive line dominated the second half rushing for 293 total yards. Witherspoon and the Bulldogs recorded only 76 total yards in the contest.
Cross County, Hughes, and Palestine-Wheatley are all tied for first place in the 3AA conference. Coach Steve Williams said, "I'm proud of the way the our offensive line stepped up. Conrad, Trevor, Bryson, Josh, Ben, Adam, Travis, and Trent just kept pushing Earle backwards and didn't let up. It was a great win for our team," said Williams.
The T-Birds will host the Salem Greyhounds for their Homecoming at 7:30.