Wilson lost Antoine Boyd, its leading rusher with 830 yards and nine touchdowns, three games ago. But without a program the casual observer might not have noticed in yesterday's game against Theodore Roosevelt.

Ken Coleman continued to fill in as starting tailback, gaining 117 yards on 25 carries and scoring three touchdowns as the Tigers defeated Roosevelt, 26-8, to clinch at least a tie for the Interhigh West title.

Coleman had been alternating with John Moody as the starting fullback for the Tigers (6-2-1 overall, 4-0 in the league) before Boyd hurt his right shoulder.

"I'm a lot more comfortable," Coleman said. "There's no pressure anymore. Antoine gave me a lot of confidence and it worked out. The offensive line was great. It gave me the holes."

Coleman, who scored his first two touchdowns of the season last week, padded a 6-0 lead with two scores in the second quarter. He ran up the middle from three yards out with 4:42 left in the half and added a two-yard burst up the middle with 2:20 before intermission.

Meanwhile, the Tigers held the Rough Riders (4-6, 2-2) to 10 rushing yards and 18 passing yards in the first half. The closest Roosevelt came to midfield in the first half was its first possession, when it started on its 35-yard line.

The Rough Riders also lost two fumbles and were whistled for eight penalties in the first half, including three on one series before getting off their first play.

"Penalties kept us in the hole," Roosevelt Coach James Tillerson said. "We couldn't run our normal offense. They forced us to do basic things."

Wilson had not allowed any points for 12 straight quarters until James Minor caught Damico Thompson's 14-yard pass with 10:39 to play.

"We knew {earlier in the season} we had to work hard to improve the defense, and we have," Wilson Coach Horace Fleming said, citing the work of defensive coaches Vincent Cox and Doug Dickerson.

The Tigers started the scoring with 7:52 left in the first quarter, when junior Jamil Jenkins swept untouched around the right side for five yards on his second carry of the half.