Northeast defense holds strong

By Blake Long/Special to the Journal

BOONEVILLE – In their final tune up before opening MACJC North Division play next week, Northeast’s defense continued to prove why they’ve been a highly touted group.
A week after Southwest gained 390 offensive yards in an opening win over Holmes, the Tiger defense limited the Bears to 88 yards and no offensive touchdowns in a 32-9 victory.
“We got some guys that love to hit you,” Northeast coach Ricky Smither said, “Just pursuing the football, that was our big thing in the spring. Our guys will get after you and its fun to watch.”
The Northeast defense also forced key turnovers to get the Tiger offense going. Nick Thomason’s second quarter interception led to Taylor Earhart’s first of two field goals, a 41 yard boot that gave the Tigers a 16-6 halftime lead.
Earhart’s second field goal, a 31 yard kick with 11:32 remaining in the third quarter, followed Eli Canton’s fumble recovery in the red zone.
Cortney Sutton’s fourth quarter interception set the stage for the Tigers’ final points of the game on Jamarcus Goodloe’s four yard touchdown run with 4:27 remaining.
The opposite side of the ball was equally impressive for the Tigers, who play at Mississippi Delta next week. Northeast compiled 368 offensive yards, 260 of those in the first half, on their way to their first 2-0 start since 2005.
“We had a good game plan going into tonight,” Tigers starting QB Parks Frazier said. “Our line did a great job tonight creating time for us and opening lanes for our runners. It was overall a good effort by the offense”
Frazier totaled 200 yards offensively, 181 of those passing on 13 completions, and tossed three touchdown passes.
Frazier passed for two of those in the first quarter, a 6 yarder to Markie Dukes and a 10 yard toss to Tres Houston, for a 13-6 lead. His third quarter strike to Michael Poole of 3 yards gave the Tigers a 25-6 lead.
Brennan Dunklin returned an interception by Frazier 101 yards for the Bears’ (1-1) only touchdown of the night. Jake Saltalamacchia added a 30 yard field goal in the fourth.