By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – The Itawamba Indians have now won two straight games – and more importantly, two straight North Division games.
Success has breed the chance for more success for the Indians.
That North Division winning streak has placed Itawamba in a three-way tie for second place in league play. Now, the Indians have an opportunity to knock off one of those teams today when they host the Holmes Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
“These last two games have been good to see, with the guys finding a way to win, battling through adversity,” said Itawamba head coach Jon Williams, who has had six and seven starters sidelined, respectively, with injuries the last two weeks. “It’s good that some guys were able to step up.”
With seven starters out on Saturday, Itawamba (2-4, 2-1) scratched out a 30-27 win on the road last week against Coahoma.
In that contest, Keon McGaughy of Shannon helped to show off the running game Williams had been counting on when the season began with a 160-yard effort on the ground. Add in the defensive effort of the Indians, spearheaded by Tim McAdoo’s 12 tackles and two sacks, and there is reason for optimism the final three contests of the season.
“Keon has played well the last two weeks,” Williams said. “He even had over 100 yards called back because of penalties.
“We were pretty effective offensively.”
That brings Williams and the Indians to Holmes (2-4, 2-1), which is tied with Itawamba for second place in the division, along with Northeast.
“They are a much improved team over last year,” Williams said. “If I were to compare them, they are somewhat like us.
“They have a really good receiver (Jonathan Rumph), so we have to be solid in the secondary. In a short week like this, we have to guard against doing too much, and we have to get focused on Holmes.”