ICC still seeking its identity

ICC photo ICC coach Jon Williams says Mississippi Delta will be the toughest challenge his team has faced this season.

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ICC coach Jon Williams says Mississippi Delta will be the toughest challenge his team has faced this season.

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

Can a football team that has outscored its opponents 80-13 in its first two games be under the radar?

“We have no superstars, we just have guys who play well together,” Itawamba Community College head coach Jon Williams said. “I think that defines who we are.”

Williams is hoping the Indians will define themselves even further as they open MACJC North Division play today, hosting the Mississippi Delta Trojans at 7 p.m.

“I think Delta is an improved team over last year, and realistically speaking, the toughest challenge we’ve had so far,” Williams said. “The biggest thing is for us to play within ourselves.”

Itawamba (2-0) is coming off a 40-6 victory on the road over Southwest, and have moved up three spots in two different national polls to No. 12. Southaven running back Chris Ingram bagged four touchdowns in the win, while Williams praised the Indians’ defensive line and kicking game for their effort.

“We started off really slow offensively, and I think we used the bus ride as an excuse,” Williams said. “In the second half, we adjusted, and settled in.

“On defense, our defensive line put pressure on their quarterback, and made him get nervous. And our special teams had a super night.”

Mississippi Delta

Now the Indians must adjust to a North opponent, which Williams feels present some challenges.

“I think defensively, we’ll be challenged because Delta does so much with a lot of personnel groupings,” Williams said. “We’ve worked hard preparing on defense.

“Our goal at the end of every week is to be 1-0. I think the kids have a good awareness that this is a North Division game.”

Delta (0-2) is coming off a 30-14 loss last week to Pearl River, and lost its season opener 49-7 to Hinds.