BOONEVILLE – The Northeast Tigers are a dangerous 0-2 team.
The negative for the Tigers is that they are in their winless situation after almost coming from behind Thursday in a 34-28 loss to the Jones County Bobcats.
“We had too many mistakes on both sides of the football,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smithers said. “We looked like a hero at one point, then looked like a zero other times.”
Some of the more positives for the Tigers begin with LSU transfer Jerrard Randle, whose cannon arm produced 370 yards through the air. Also, North Pontotoc freshman running back Mitchell Cunningham banged his way for 129 yards on the ground.
Still, the mistakes ultimately doomed Northeast.
In the fourth quarter, a hustling Randle had the ball poked from his grasp. Jones (2-0) took that fumble and Grant McLauren converted a 22-yard field goal for a 31-21 Jones lead.
Northeast was unphased, driving 75 yards with Auburn transfer Ricky Parks catching a 4-yard touchdown. McLauren converted another kick, this time 42 yards, to boost the lead to six points with 3 minutes, 58 seconds to play.
Trying to force the ball downfield, the Tigers committed two turnovers in the remaining time.
“We were very happy with the way we threw the ball, but when you make mistakes, it mushrooms,” Smither said. “ Give it to Jones, they took advantage of some things we did bad.”
Northeast got on the scoreboard first on a 69-yard pass to Khail Stimson in the first period. Jones got TD’s of six and 32 yards to hold a 14-7 halftime lead.
Jones went up as much as 28-7 in the third period on a 14-yard pass and a 5-yard run. Northeast fought back with an 8-yard Randle run and a 5-yard pass to Cunningham in the third quarter.
Jones quarterback Steven Swindle from Oak Grove threw for 306 yards, playing only in the last three quarters.
Northeast opens North Division play next week, hosting Holmes.
ICC wins: Sophomore Chris Ingram (Southaven) rushed for a career-high 102 yards and four touchdowns as No. 15 ranked ICC (2-0) defeated Southwest Mississippi 40-6.
Griff Loftis completed 22 of 30 passes for 223 yards and Andrew Goodman added 102 yards and a touchdown on 7 of 9 passes. The Indians finished with 558 yards of total offense.