Tigers take tough loss to Bears in Summit

Northeast Mississippi Community College traveled to Summit on Thursday night where they faced the Southwest Community College Bears in a battle of two 1-0 teams, however the road was unkind to the Tigers this week as the, the Bears were able to pull out a 20-16 victory.
In the first half, it was all defense, with both teams struggling to find offensive production and went into the locker room tied up at 7-7.
Northeast (1-1) picked up its touchdown at the 12:26 mark in the first quarter on a three-yard run by sophomore running back Jaquise Cook (Ripley).  Sophomore QB Clint Wilson led the six play, 34-yard drive that took only 2:34.  Southwest (2-0) answered at the three minute mark in the first period with a five-yard plunge into the end zone from WR Dezman Ivory (Minor).
After a scoreless second and third quarter, the Tigers were able to put three points on the board with 14:52 left to play in the fourth frame on a 22-yard field goal by freshman kicker Taylor Earhart (Olive Branch), however, Northeast’s 10-7 lead was short lived with the Bears scoring a TD with 7:33 left in regulation on quarterback Vintavious Cooper’s (Clinch Co.) 10-yard run to pay dirt giving SWCC a 14-10 advantage after the PAT by Brandon Thomas (Hammond).
Northeast answered with a 12 play, 80-yard drive of its own that was capped off by RB Jamarcus Goodloe (Leighton, Ala.) who punched it in from 5 yards out pushing the Tigers back on top 16-14 after the missed PAT by Earhart.
With time ticking down in the fourth quarter,.the Bears marched the ball down the field and scored what proved to be the game-winner with 1:52 remaining.  Cooper crossed the pylon after a three-yard quarterback keeper around the left side giving Southwest the lead 20-16.  Southwest went for the two-point conversion, but could not convert.
Wilson had time for one last offensive drive that ended with a 45-yard “hail mary” into the end zone that was knocked to the ground by a Southwest defender as the horn sounded.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for the Tigers was trying to overcome penalties.  The Tigers were flagged 12 times for 95 yards while the home standing Bears only picked up five penalties for 25 yards.
Northeast will be at home for the first time in 2010 on Thursday, September 16, opening North Division play against Mississippi Delta at Tiger Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Listen to all the action beginning at 6:30 p.m. by logging onto http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=1452, then click on football.  At approximately at 8 p.m. the game will be joined live in progress on the  96.3 FM “The Ticket” immediately following “Dawgs Talk with Dan Mullen” Fan can also watch the game with live audio and video (home games only) at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/avs-productions.
For more information on how to tune into Northeast football in 2010, you can contact Joseph Miller at 662-720-7300 or by email at mjmiller@nemcc.edu.