Indians make up for special teams’ gaffes

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal Itawamba receiver Hakeem Flowers gets away from a Mississipi Delta defnder and helps ICC build a 14-0 lead at the half.

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal
Itawamba receiver Hakeem Flowers gets away from a Mississipi Delta defnder and helps ICC build a 14-0 lead at the half.

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

FULTON – The Itawamba Community College Indians defense played like a rock for three quarters Thursday.

That was more than enough of the contest to nail downs the Indians first North Division victory 23-13 over the Mississippi Delta Trojans.

“I felt like our defense played well, but our special teams let us down,” Itawamba head coach Jon Williams said. “I’m glad we can be critical after a win.”

Making the eventual outcome disappointing, Itawamba (3-0, 1-0) turned the football over five times, including twice on special teams. One of those special teams miscues occurred in the fourth quarter, allowing a Delta (0-3, 0-1) touchdown that pulled the visitors within 17-6.

The Indians did respond with a 71-yard drive capped by a 26-yard touchdown by Saltillo’s A. J. Hunt on a pass from Andrew Goodman that helped to ice the game.

“We answered most of the night,” Itawamba defensive coordinator Sean Cannon said. “We were on the field too long, and that last touchdown was us just being too tired.”

Delta’s last score came with 14 second to play on a 48-yard pass to Passario Collins.

Itawamba looked good and methodical for three quarters.

The Indians posted an18-yard score by Southaven’s Chris Ingram in the first quarter. The second period saw a 56-yard drive capped by an Ingram 2-yard effort.

And on the sixth play of the fourth quarter, Emmit Dendy from Houston chipped in a 21-yard field goal.

“We need to do a better job being disciplined as a team,” Williams said. “Against our offense, they did some things up front that we were not effective against.

“We can’t be a good team without running the football.”

Jaquez McMillian from Southaven did a nice job receiving, grabbing seven passes for 114 yards. And inn his first start of the season, Goodman was 28 of 41 for 284 yards.

Itawamba return to action next week at Holmes in North play.