Few thought the Northeast Community College and ICC football teams would be at the same crossroads five games into the 2009 football season, but here they are.
Both the Tigers and Indians sit at 1-3 with their seasons hanging in the balance. And both are gearing up for a must-win home game.
In Fulton, head coach Jeff Terrill and his Indians will look to stop a three-game slide tonight against visiting Mississippi Delta (1-3, 1-1), while Northeast hosts Holmes in Booneville. Both kickoffs are set for 7 p.m.
“A win against Delta would go a long way toward fixing what’s wrong with us,” Terrill said in the moments following ICC’s third straight loss, a 35-0 defeat at the hands of Northwest. “We just have to keep working and get this thing turned around.”
To do that, the Indians will have to deal with a Delta squad that broke into the win column with a 14-7 win over Northeast last week.
That loss came just seven days after Northeast’s first win in two years, a 28-21 victory over ICC. Now at 1-1 in MACJC North Division play, the Tigers face a tipping point tonight against the 0-4 Bulldogs.
Battle for top spot
A pair of teams will battle in Senatobia to take command in the North Division.
No. 18 Northwest (3-1, 1-0) will host No. 13 East Mississippi (3-1, 1-0), with the winner taking command of the division race at the season’s midpoint.
The game also features two of the state’s most prolific offense, with Northwest boasting the nation’s leading passer in QB Casey Weston and EMCC following the lead of Ole Miss commitment Randall Mackey, who has the Lions’ offense averaging 34 points per game.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Also tonight, third-ranked Pearl River (4-0)visits ninth-ranked Gulf Coast (3-1) in a key South Division contest.
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