BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore running back Jeremy Cannon (New Albany) sits just 23 yards shy of the 1,000-yard plateau as Northeast enters its final game of the 2009 season Saturday.
Cannon has racked up 977 yards on the ground this year on just 176 carries as Northeast enters its season finale against Northwest in Senatobia.
Coahoma ended Northwest’s hopes at the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College (MACJC) state playoffs after the Tigers defeated Itawamba Thursday night to clinch the second-place spot in the division 30-20.
Cannon’s season got a major boost during the Tigers’ week six game against East Central where the sophomore accounted for 237 yards and all four of Northeast’s scores in a 34-28 overtime loss to the Warriors.
Cannon may have a chance at the elusive mark when he faces a Ranger defense that ranks near the bottom in rushing defense allowing 173.1 yards per game on the ground. Only Itawamba and East Central are lower in rushing defense than the Rangers are.
Cannon enters Saturday’s contest averaging 122.1 yards per game on the ground and leads a Tiger offense that averages 176 yards rushing.
Northeast will have to contend with a Northwest passing attack that has lit up opponents this year. Northwest comes into the final game of the regular season averaging almost 330 yards per game through air – 20 more yards per game than any other team in the state.
Northwest quarterback Casey Weston is coming off a 27-of-37 performance against Holmes where he racked up 335 yards and three touchdowns. Weston’s favorite receiver against the Bulldogs was Michael Lindsey who pulled down nine balls for 118 yards and a score.
Weston, who has been named a MACJC player of the week seven of eight weeks this year, leads the state in passing completing 169-of-303 attempts for 2,584 yards on the season and 25 scores through the air.
Weston will have to deal with a tight Northeast secondary that’s led by LaDarrius Madden (Leighton, Ala.) and Darius Carothers (Lafayette) who have combined for eight interceptions on the year for the Tiger secondary.
JaMorris Ricks (Leighton, Ala.), Jerian Cole (Anguilla) and John Ware (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) along with Joseph Johnson (Southaven) and Buck Beene (Baldwyn) will lead a Tiger defense that has caused opponents to turn the ball over 23 times on the season.
Northwest holds a 31-16-2 mark against Northeast since the two schools started playing each other in 1955 – including a pair of ties in 1975 (6-6) and 1993 (27-27).
As with all of Northeast’s football games, Northeast’s game will be broadcast on The Shark 102.3 FM and is also available as a live stream on the NEMCC athletic webpage or at http://www.classicradiofm.com/ Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is set for 2 p.m.
NEMCC Media Relations