That’s the sound and the call of the newly formed Cleveland Central High School Wolves.
On Saturday here at Parks Field at Mickey Sellers Stadium, the howl of the Wolves could be heard echoing throughout the stadium as the team took the field for the first time in the Delta Touchdown Club Super Spring Football Jamboree.
The Wolves took on the Greenville Hornets in what was the final game of the day.
The combined forces of Cleveland High and East Side showed up in a mighty way with a 24-0 shutout win.
Cleveland Central entered the field locked arm in arm as a show of unity and when the game started the team was connected in their passion for the game and respect for each other.
"These kids are tremendous kids on both sides of the track. They get along well with each other and even before now they were friends," said Cleveland Central head coach Rickey Smither.
“Bringing them together wasn't hard, the hardest thing was to get them to believe in what we were doing and tonight we took a huge step," he added.
The Wolves have only been together for a short time, but Smither attributes the fast turnaround to the players and their flexibility.
"In three months, the guys have come further than any team I have ever coached,” Smither said. “It shows the resilience of these kids and this community. Anything you throw in front of them, they will respond to it. There are some things we need to fix, but I'm proud to be a wolf tonight.”
The Wolves' defense was up first in the contest and it did its job in getting the ball to the Cleveland offense.
The look on offense for Cleveland Central had 6-foot-8, 215 pound Kamarian Williams at quarterback. On the team's first completion of the night it was Williams, formerly of East Side, to Demontavius King, formerly of Cleveland High.
The drive ended with Williams connecting with his old Trojan teammate Trayevion Craig for the 10-yard score. Williams found King for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
The Wolf pack defense smothered the Hornets ‘offense and put the Wolves' offense back on the field.
It didn't take long for Williams to show off his arm talent again by finding a streaking Craig on a 45-yard touchdown pass. Ken Thompson pounded in the two-point conversion for a 16-0 lead.
Rodarius Douglas came through on the defensive side for the Wolves by intercepting a pass and returning it inside of Hornets’ territory for the offense.
The Wolves couldn't get anything going and the drive ended with Williams getting intercepted.
The defense rallied once again for the Wolves when Demarion Jackson intercepted another pass from Greenville to end the first half.
The Wolves added their last score of the game off a 58-yard catch and run from Williams to Peyton Taylor. Williams rushed in for the two-point conversion for a 24-0 score and victory.
"I'm very proud of the whole team as a unit,” Smither said. “We have been working hard for the past four weeks, and I can't give them enough credit. The coaches did a tremendous job of getting us ready, and it is a testament to what they do.”
Cleveland Central Jr. Varsity 7, Clarksdale 6
The Cleveland Central Junior Varsity Football team got off to a slow start Saturday against Clarksdale, but they finished strong to pull out the victory.
Clarksdale scored in the first half, but Cleveland tied the game at 6-6 off a run from Brent Brown, Jr. The tiebreaker came off the leg of sophomore female kicker Audrey Clark for a 7-6 win.