By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – ICC’s first victory is in the books, but there hasn’t been much time to celebrate.
This week, the Indians look to build on that momentum with a 2 p.m. Saturday road game in Clarksdale against Coahoma.
“The team is definitely excited, and hopefully we can feed off that win,” Itawamba head coach Jon Williams said. “The thing we can’t do is look ahead, we have to look at who we’ve got this week.”
Bringing the Indians (1-4, 1-1) focus to Coahoma (0-5, 0-3) for this MACJC North Division game might be easier because of the their 30-0 victory last week against Mississippi Delta.
“We had some guys out with injuries,” Williams said. “We had some guys show up who hadn’t been showing up, show up.
“But there is still plenty to improve on.”
Switch pays off
One of those who showed up for Williams was sophomore Andrew Mahan. Normally a defensive end, Mahan switched to linebacker against Delta, and had six tackles for a loss, helping the Indians pitch a shutout.
Offensively, Williams could point to some standout play by receiver Rashad Pargo from Aberdeen, running back Keon McGaughy from Shannon, and even quarterback Canden Dallas from Pontotoc.
Pargo had six pass receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas helped the ICC passing game account for 197 yards.
And the success of that passing attack loosened up Delta’s highly-ranked defense to let McGaughy rush for 92 yards, his best stats for the season.
“It’s what I had said a few weeks ago, that if we could pass the ball just a little, it would open up the running game,” Williams said.
Now that the Indians have shown Williams their upside, more of the same is expected against Coahoma.
“Coahoma is well coached on defense,” Williams said. “And they do some things on offense that causes you fits.
“What you have to do is pay attention to their quarterback, and then just play sound, fundamental football.”