By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
The Itawamba Indians are undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the nation.
The Indians will run those two impressive facts out and see what kind of mileage they can get, traveling to play No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln today at 7 p.m.
“This could be the most well coached team we’ve seen,” Itawamba head coach Jon Williams said. “Their defense is one of the best in the country, and they really fly around.”
Itawamba (5-0, 3-0) is coming off a North Division victory over Northwest 27-21. In that contest, Mooreville quarterback Griff Loftis threw for 375 yards as ICC jumped to an early lead, but had to score the winning touchdown on a fourth down play late in the affair.
“It should have been 21-0 in our favor quick in that contest,” Williams said. “When we quit making critical errors, we’re going to be a good football team.”
Against Co-Lin (4-1), Williams feels play in the trenches could be key. Williams is looking at center Tony Holmes and linebacker Carderious Dean as two keys in the non-division game.
Five of the top 10 teams in the NJCAA poll are from Mississippi.
Co-Lin is coming off a 50-47 loss to No. 3 Jones County.
Northeast hosts Coahoma
The Northeast Tigers are undefeated in division play, and look to stay that way Saturday when they host the Coahoma Tigers at 2 p.m.
Northeast (2-3, 2-0) just concluded its brutal South slate of games with a 28-14 loss to No. 10 Gulf Coast last week, but are still perfect in North play, and hope to continue that perfection against Coahoma (0-5, 0-2).
“Coahoma is a scary team, and like us, have had a tough schedule,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smither said. “For us, now we’ve started the playoffs.
“If we can keep winning, we can do some big things.”
Smither expects to start Jeremy Liggins at quarterback for the second straight game. The Lafayette freshman played the first three games at defensive end, totaling 14 tackles.
Former starting QB Jerrad Randall will still see some series under center, but is slated for snaps as a receiver, too.
“Liggins is like a sponge, and has really picked up a lot this week,” Smither said. “I’m really excited to see him play Saturday.”
Coahoma loss to East Mississippi last week 90-7.