By Zach Adams/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Down by 14 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter Thursday night at home against Coahoma, Coach Jon Williams and his ICC Indians were staring at their fourth consecutive loss.
Late heroics by freshman quarterback Griff Loftis and receiver Rashad Pargo, as well a a gutsy performance by running back Courtney Gladney, changed that fate.
Pargo and Gladney got into the end zone for two late touchdowns that, after a defensive stand, set up a 22-yard Tyler Jackson game-winning field goal in the closing seconds to seal the 31-28 ICC victory.
“Anytime you are down like that you have got to have somebody step up to the plate,” Williams said. “We needed a spark.”
Gladney finished with 26 carries for 165 yards and two TDs after missing the last three games with an injured collar bone.
“He is a warrior,” said Williams of the sophomore. “He has a collar bone that sticks up from his shirt and is pretty gory, but he decided that he was just going to bow up and play with it, so it did.”
Coahoma (1-6, 0-3) and ICC (4-3, 2-2) went into halftime tied at 14, then score twice in the third quarter for a 28-14 edge.
ICC orchestrated late drives of 79 and 57 yards that were capped by a Pargo 15-yard catch from Loftis and a Gladney 2-yard burst into the end zone.
A missed Tigers’ field goal from the ICC 28 with 1:48 left set the stage for the winning kick.