By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – The Itawamba Community College Indians are two weeks into their runup for the 2011 football season, and second-year head coach Jon Williams is fairly pleased with their progress.
“I’d say that it looks like our team speed has increased, and I like our team speed,” said Williams, whose Indians open their season Sept. 1 at Hinds. “I’m pleased with the way the kids have adjusted to college football practice.
“In the last week, I think they have started to understand what the coaches are trying to do as far as the tempo of practice.”
Itawamba is coming off a 5-4 effort from 2010, and a 4-2 mark in North Division play, a mark that placed the Indians in a three-way tie for second in the division. But, ICC did not make the post-season because of tie-breakers.
Of the many facets of the Indians practices thus far, Williams likes what the running backs have done. That group are led by sophomore cousins Keon McGaughy of Shannon and DeShawn McGaughy of Fulton.
“Our running back corps has down a really good job, starting in the summer,” Williams said. “Their leadership has been growing, and I’m pretty happy about that.”
Prepping for opener
Hoping to improve on last season’s effort, Williams reports that the Indians began some work on their opener with Hinds.
“You always worry about the first game,” Williams said. “Not being able to scrimmage this year makes the first game consist of a lot of unknowns.
“But that first game is a focus for us, and we started (Tuesday) preparing for Hinds. We’re trying to get a sense of what they’ve done in the past, and simulate game speed.”
Itawamba opens its home schedule Sept. 8 hosting Pearl River, and follows that with a home game Sept. 15 against East Central.