Jon Williams likes to say that Canden Dallas was Itawamba’s most-improved player over the summer.
“That’s a tribute to his hard work,” said Williams, the Indians’ first-year head coach.
However, nobody’s had the opportunity to see the fruits of the Pontotoc freshman quarterback’s labor because he’s been the backup all season to another freshman, Andy Wilson.
Well, that all could change Saturday when ICC plays Coahoma at 3 p.m. in an MACJC North Division homecoming game at Lambert Stadium in Fulton.
Dallas, who relieved Wilson in the third quarter of last week’s 21-20 comeback victory against Mississippi Delta, could get the starting nod against the Tigers.
“Canden made the routine throws and managed the game well,” Williams said. “He didn’t do anything flashy, he just put us in good plays.
“The biggest thing I was impressed with was his poise. He had no idea what was about to happen.”
Wilson, who has completed 62 of 118 passes for 841 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions, hasn’t been shelved for good.
“It’s not so much anything Andy has done,” Williams said. “I felt like our team, at this point of the season, needed a spark. Canden Dallas gave it to us that night.”
Dallas completed 5 of 7 passes for 38 yards against Mississippi Delta.
ICC’s go-ahead touchdown came on a 76-yard punt return by Darius Slay early in the fourth quarter.
Southwest (2-3) at Northwest (5-0), 6:30 p.m.
Northeast (3-2, 2-1) at East Mississippi (2-3, 2-1), 7 p.m.
Coahoma (2-3, 1-2) at ICC (2-3, 1-1), 3 p.m.
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