Ricky Smither knows he’ll need a four-quarter effort from his Northeast Tigers tonight if they expect to defeat the nation’s No. 9 team – the Northwest Rangers.
“We’ve played well enough to win, but we haven’t put four quarters together yet,” the coach said. “We’re working on that.
“If we can play four quarters, we have a chance to beat Northwest.”
Northeast (3-1) hosts Northwest (4-0) at 7 in an MACJC North Division game at Tiger Stadium in Booneville. Both teams are 2-0 in division play.
The Tigers are coming off a 35-20 win against Holmes while the Rangers smacked Coahoma 37-7 in their last outing.
Northwest piled up a season-high 525 yards total offense in its win.
Rangers quarterback Brent Osborn has completed 66 of 107 passes for 781 yards and seven touchdowns. He has two 300-yard running backs in Jay Jones and Calvin Malone. The two have combined to score seven touchdowns.
“The quarterback’s not flashy, but he doesn’t make mistakes,” Smither said. “They’re athletic, they’re big, they execute well.”
Northwest’s defense will be faced with defending the Tigers’ passing attack that features receiver Josh Jarboe and quarterback Clint Wilson. Jarboe has 23 catches for 308 yards and two scores while Wilson has passed for 842 yards and five TDs.
“Clint Wilson has done a tremendous job getting the ball to the open guys,” Smither said. “He’s on track to have a great year.”
Another reason for Northeast’s success could very well be the fact that the Tigers are tied with Pearl River in turnover margin with a plus-9.
In today’s other North Division action, ICC (1-3, 0-1) travels to Mississippi Delta (0-4, 0-1) for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
The Indians lost 37-10 last week to East Mississippi.
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