On the tail end of a disappointing 2009 season, Jeff Terrill isn’t about to sway from an approach that has served him well in his eight seasons at Itawamba Community College.
“One game at a time,” Terrill said. “Even with the way our season has gone thus far, that’s the approach we’re taking all the way to the end.”
It’s a mantra that helped Terrill and the Indians achieve four straight playoff appearances from 2004 to 2007, and it’s something that the veteran coach has stayed true to all season, even in the face of tremendous adversity.
Leading up to tonight’s season finale against Coahoma, Terrill and the Indians are maintaining their singular focus.
“I know that coaches say it all the time, but it’s true. All you can do each week is go out there and work hard to put the best product on the field,” Terrill said. “Even though we’re not in the race, we’re going to go out there against a good football team and do everything we can to get a win.”
While ICC (2-6, 1-4) enters tonight looking to finish on a positive note, Coahoma (5-3, 3-2) has a chance to secure a postseason berth with a win. After earning a 4-overtime win over Northeast, the Tigers need a win or a Northwest loss tonight to lock up that North Division’s No. 2 seed.
“They have all the pressure in the world right now,” Terrill said. “They are a good football team, but they have to win tonight to get in and they know that. As far as our team goes, we have no pressure at all. We just have to relax and have fun playing the game of football.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Clarksdale.
Tough way to finish
Following last week’s heartbreaker, Northeast closes its season at NorthwestSaturday.
In Senatobia, the Tigers will face an up-and-down Northwest squad that can still sneak into the playoffs with a win and a Coahoma loss to ICC.
The Tigers and Rangers will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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