By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – One year ago, the Itawamba Indians picked up a victory against East Central, beginning a streak where they won five of seven games.
In 2011, East Central is at the same position on the schedule for the Indians, and head coach Jon Williams is needing the same boost in momentum for his squad as the Indians host this contest, with kickoff at 7 p.m. today.
“We’ve got to beat some people to get some momentum heading into our North Division schedule,” Williams said. “I think our team understands the type of team East Central is.
“After we beat them last season, East Central went to beat some people. Against East Central, we’ve got to challenge our guys to get better.”
Both Itawamba (0-2) and East Central (0-2) enter this contest winless, and certainly each can be perceived with room for improvement.
Itawamba lost its first two games of the season to Hinds and Pearl River, while East Central has lost to Northeast and Northwest.
“We need ball security, and we’ve got to finish drives,” Williams said. “And we’ve made that a priority in practice.
“I thought we moved the ball better in Game 2, but there were still some miscues, and we just weren’t as effective in the red zone as I would like. Hopefully, we’ll see improvement.”
Williams indicates he has seen some flashes of improvement in various areas. And he does like the improve play from some players, including sophomore defensive back Will Kirby from Houston and freshman receiver Terrell Pinson from Tupelo. Kirby returned a blocked extra point 80 yards for two points against Pearl River last week.
The Indians will get a chance to continue their improvement against East Central. Williams reports that Central is big up front, and has offensive weapons that could hurt the Indians if they do not tackle effectively.
“Everybody understands there must be a sense of urgency,” Williams said. “The fact is, we’ve played two really good football teams who are going to win a lot of games in this league.
“We need to worry about us, and put our priority on finishing drives, and good things will happen.”