• John Macon Gillespie

Wilson Emerging For #5 Warren Central

Through four weeks of the new season Warren Central sits at fifth in the SES Top 10. It’s familiar territory for the Vikings, who started the 2017 season in the top 10 as well, as they always seem to hang around the top.

It never seems to matter how much production head coach Josh Morgan’s team loses, year-in and year-out, they just reload and surprise people. A season ago the offense featured three 1,000-yard rushers, including quarterback Jesse Wilson, but none of those guys are back this season. 

“Our coaches play a big role in that by preparing us each and every week to be the best we can be,” junior running back Corey Wilson Jr. told SES Mississippi.

Wilson is leading the team’s rushing attack that averages nearly 200 yards per game and has helped them to a 3-1 start. He is one four players with at least 160 yards on the ground this season, but his 270 yards and four scores both lead the team.

Side-to-side agility, speed, vision, patience and balance are just a few of the qualities that are easy to pick out when watching Wilson on tape. That skill set has also helped him snag 12 passes, good enough for second on the team. Like many players before him in the red and blue, Wilson is both versatile and selfless. 

“I’m truly blessed to have a great group of guys as teammates,” Wilson offered. “I just play assignment football, patiently finding a crease to hit that was set up by my offensive linemen.

“The offensive line really and truly makes everything happen for the running backs, creating cutback lanes enabling us to find the end zone.”

In three victories this season the Vikings have yet to allow more than seven points. That includes blowout wins over Clarksdale and Vicksburg, and a 17-7 win over Neville(LA) last week. Similar to last season Warren Central uses a stellar defense and un-relenting running game to grind down their opponents. 

The lone loss of the season came, narrowly, at the hands of the state’s top-ranked 6A team Pearl. It’s that defeat that Wilson feels his team can learn from.

“As a team we’ve focused on correcting those costly mistakes, and we’ve focused on overcoming adversity,” He explained. 

Before the season SES included Warren Central in the preseason top 10, where they have stood firm and risen steadily, because we weren’t going to be fooled again. If there’s one team you can bet on and be sure of, it’s the Vikings. That consistency is what makes the program special, but it will be tested again this season in division play.

Even with that in mind, there’s no question they still have a tough road ahead. Region 2-6A includes the likes of Madison Central, Starkville and defending 6A champ Clinton. This week the Vikings have a bye, but next Friday night they will face a tough test in Northwest Rankin.

“We are going to take it one game at a time. As a collective team, we are going to just focus on our weekly opponent,” Wilson said. 

“We play team ball, focusing on not giving up the big play in all three phases of the game.”

**Photo courtesy of Keith Warren

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