By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
BOONEVILLE – The Northeast Tigers are developing a dynamic passing combination.
But is there enough football season left for Jeremy Liggins and Jerrard Randall?
In his first-ever action at receiver, Randall caught five passes from Liggins for 128 yards, helping Northeast through a strong second half and a 27-17 victory over the Coahoma Tigers in North Division play on Saturday afternoon.
“I just came out to play for the team,” said Randall, and LSU sophomore transfer who had started four games at quarterback for Northeast. “It was a very important game, a division game.”
Northeast (3-3, 3-0) had to hold on tight through the first half where Coahoma (0-6, 0-3) did not look like a shell-shocked team coming off a 90-7 loss last week to East Mississippi.
The visitors got a first quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run by Christian Williams after a 61-yard drive. Coahoma then picked up another TD in the second quarter on a 16-yard run by Quaintavous Peterson for a 14-3 lead.
In the first half for Northeast, Chris Cooper hit field goals of 45 and 31 yards, sandwiching an 11-yard scoring run by Liggins.
Randall had a key catch of 15 yards on the TD drive, and of 46 yards on the drive that resulted inCooper’s second field goal.
Coahoma added a 30-yard field goal by Cody Spears on the last play of the half, gaining a 17-13 advantage entering the intermission.
“I guess we’re a good second-half team,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smither said. “Some way or another, we’ve got to get motivated and get four good quarters.”
Northeast came out of the locker room on the first possession of the third quarter with a nice momentum-building drive that featured a 22-yard catch by Randall. Later, Liggins from Lafayette passed to Randall for a 16-yard score, and Northeast had the lead.
The home Tigers then iced the game on the last play of the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Matthew Belue.
Northeast continues North play on Thursday at No. 2 ranked East Mississippi.