By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
The Maytag Repairman has nothing on Jon Williams this week as the Itawamba Community College head football coach has the spin cycle working overtime.
How to spin the shortcomings and incidents involved in last week’s 14-12 loss to Holmes?
How to spin not losing another North Division contest?
And how to spin today’s 6:30 p.m. matchup for the No. 20 Indians at the No. 4 Northwest Rangers?
“We can certainly spin this game in a few different directions,” Williams said. “This is an unpredictable league, and we feel like our fate lies in our hands.”
Fate certainly dealt the Indians (3-1, 1-1) a harsh North Division 14-12 setback against Holmes.
But perhaps the silver lining was the outstanding play of the ICC defense, which limited Holmes to 91 total yards of offense. That included the inspired play of Saltillo’s Quad Freeman, who recorded nine tackles, three sacks, four tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
“Our defense played lights out,” Williams said. “Quad Freeman played like he was capable of playing.”
Now Williams tries to spin everything good that happened against Holmes into a more successful effort against Northwest (3-0, 2-0).
“With what Northwest does offensively, we’ll have to play good up front on defense,” Williams said. “We need to stop the run and make them throw.
“On defense, they’re not big, but really fast. We need our quarterback and skill people to have explosive games.”
For the third straight contest, that quarterback for ICC will be Mooreville’s Griff Loftis. Williams does report that Andrew Goodman, who started the first two contests of the year for ICC, is still hampered by an undisclosed injury, but could see playing time if needed.
“Andrew is battling some health issues, but could see some snaps,” Williams said. “Griff has come in and managed the games, and built some confidence.
“But I don’t think he’s had an explosive game, yet”
The Northeast Tigers (1-3, 0-2) are coming off a disappointing 19-13 loss to Northwest last week, which followed a North Division loss to Holmes on the road.
Today, the Tigers are stepping out of North Division play, traveling to No. 10 Gulf Coast (3-1, 1-1) for a 7 p.m. contest, Gulf Coast was the No. 1 team in the nation last week, but lost to No. 18 Jones County.
Ironically, the Tigers only win this season came in week 2, a 30-21 victory at Jones. Also, Gulf Coast defeated Northeast in the first round of the state playoffs last season.