Indians try to stay focused on Holmes

By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal

Itawamba Community College Indians head coach Jon Williams is hoping a little bit of success does not make his team lose focus.
Williams gets to find out today as the Indians host the Holmes Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in ICC’s home-division opener.
“I’m anxious to find out how we handle the little bit of success we’ve had,” Williams said. “Holmes is a team that could beat us pretty good if we’re not clicking on all cylinders.”
The Indians’ “little bit of success” is a 3-0, 1-0 start to the season, and a move to No. 12 in the nation in the NJCCA polls. And, the Indians are coming off a 39-9 victory last week over the Mississippi Delta Trojans in both squads North Division opener.
“It was an important win, simply because it was the first division game,” Williams said. “I thought both sides of the football got better.
“The offensive line played better, and was able to generate some rushing yards.”
Of the many stars in the victory, the consistent play of wide receiver Rashad Pargo from Aberdeen was one of the bright spots. The sophomore racked up 121 yards receiving, and is averaging 85.7 yards per game and has totaled five touchdowns.
“I’m really proud of Rashad,” Williams said. “He’s proven himself as one of the playmakers on offense.”
Another bright spot in the Delta win was Mooreville freshman quarterback Griff Loftis. Making his first start of the season, Loftis passed for 331 yards and three scores.
“It’s a goal of ours to have everybody contribute,” Williams said. “We put some pressure on him, and it could be valuable for him later in the season.”
Back in the saddle
Freshman Andrew Goodman should return as the starting quarterback for this contest. Goodman is ranked second in the nation with 316 passing yards per game.
And valuable to Williams would be another North Division win, which is the challenge tonight against Holmes (1-2, 1-0).
“This is the best team we’ve played so far,” Williams said. “With what they do offensively – a fast-pace, no-huddle – our defensive front needs to do a good job keeping up with the tempo.
“Another thing, they have one of the best receivers (Jonathan Rump) in the country, so our secondary needs to keep everything in front of them. Offensively, we have to be effective rushing the football – our running backs need to have a breakout game.”