By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Currently, Jon Williams favorite way to phrase the Itawamba Community College Indians success – he wants to be 1-0 at the end of every week.
Williams and the Indians have had two successful weeks so far in 2012.
A stout defensive effort for two haves, and key third quarter scoring propelled the Indians to a 22-10 victory on Thursday over the Southwest Bears in the home-opener for ICC.
“It’s good to have won, but we’re trying not to focus too much on history,” Williams said. “It’s done.
“Hopefully, a win builds a certain level of confidence, but we want to be 1-0 at the end of every week.”
After an impressive offensive display on the road in the Indians season-opener last week, it was the defense’s turn to shine this contest.
The Indians contained a dangerous Southwest offense, allowing just a field goal in the first half. Then after intermission, the defense did not allow the visitors to cross midfield, with the only blip there an ICC turnover inside its own 10-yard line that the Bears turned into a score.
“The defense had a spectacular outing in the second half,” Williams said. “Hopefully we can take some of our mistakes from this win, and teach from them.”
A 29-yard field goal by the Bears Paul Johnson in the first quarter was the only play of note, and the first half ended unremarkably with the visitors leading 3-0.
But the third quarter was entirely different for the Indians.
Receiving the ball first, ICC march 77 yards in 11 plays. Highlighted by a Ronald Carswell 42-yard reception, Courtney Gladney punched over from 1-yard out to give the Indians the lead.
Later in the period, ICC drove into the Red Zone, with lineman Tony Homes recovering a fumble in the he end zone for a score. That was followed by a 60-yard fumble return by Deryck Gildon for a 22-3 Indians lead.