By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
The Itawamba Community College Indians have had a nice start to the 2012 football season.
Head coach Jon Williams hopes his team will forget about that and focus on the task at hand.
The Indians travel to Mississippi Delta today for a 7 p.m. kickoff of North Division play.
“It’s your division opener, it’s on the road, and Delta is always a tough place to play,” Williams said. “Bottom line – the last two games we’ve played don’t have a lot of importance.
“We’re proud to be 2-0, but we want to be 1-0 in the North Division after this game.”
For his effort in last week’s 22-10 victory over Southwest, ICC sophomore linebacker Deryck Gildon earned national NJCAA Player of the Week honors with 11 tackles, two for a loss, and a touchdown.
Itawamba also entered the NJCAA poll this week at No. 20.
“We had a lot of guys on defense who played good,” Williams said. “The defensive front applied a lot of pressure to their quarterback, and created a lot of negative yardage plays.
“Offensively, we took some positives away from the game. We did move the football well, but only between the 20s.”
Delta’s Trojans (2-0) opened their season with losses to Hinds and Pearl River.
“They played a great Hinds team, and played them tough,” Williams said. “They played a great Pearl River team, and played them tough.
“Offensively, they try to confuse you with formations and shifts, and have an athletic quarterback that everyone has had a tough time containing.”
Toward that end, Williams is counting on his defensive line for another game.
“They’ll have to be very disciplined along the front,” Williams said. “They have a very elusive quarterback, and you can’t let him loose. Offensively, we’ll have to have great performance up front as well. We need to create some explosive plays, and that will help our offense tremendously.”
Itawamba will continue its North Division schedule next week, hosting Holmes.