Indians seeking identity

LOGO-ICC-Sports-Logo-copyBy David Wheeler
Special to the Journal

Who are the 2013 Itawamba Community College Indians football team?

“We really don’t know who we are,” head coach Jon Williams said. “As a coaching staff, we’re certainly optimistic, but we need to play someone, and we need to see some results.”

The Indians will get to strap it up and play someone today, hosting East Central at 7 p.m. as junior college football opens its season in Mississippi.

The Indians will be blending a mix of experienced sophomores with first-year freshmen in search of a season-opening win, which they were able to accomplish last year with a 35-13 victory on the road against East Central.

In that contest, quarterback Andrew Goodman passed for 358 yards, but went down later in the season with a shoulder injury.

QB questions
Goodman has not fully recovered, opening up the position between the North Carolina sophomore, and sophomore Griff Loftis from Mooreville and red-shirt freshman Chase Watson from Saltillo.

“Goodman had the best week of practice he’s had since he returned to the field, but right now we feel more comfortable with Griff,” Williams said. But that could change at any point in the season.

“It’s a good thing to have depth,” Williams added.

Williams said the East Central squad has a first-year coaching staff, which make preparing for them a bit more difficult.

“We expect to have a good season, and we want to take it game-by-game,” sophomore Grenada defensive back Darius White said. “I’m super-pumped this week is here, it’s been a grind all summer.”

According to Williams, the ICC offense will have a bit more of a veteran presence, especially on the line. The Itawamba defense will be young with a fair share of freshmen being counted on.

“I’m looking for our offense to dominate,” sophomore running back LaDarrell Hunt said. “We have a lot of linemen coming back, and we’ve got some play-making receivers.”

Expectations are high for the Northeast Tigers in 2013, and those expectations will get put to the test today at 7 p.m. at defending state champion Copiah Lincoln.

The Tigers will play their first home game next week, hosting Jones County.

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