Northeast Tigers set for home opener

Northeast Miss Community CollegeBy David Wheeler
Special to the Journal


The Northeast Community College Tigers football team is searching for it.

Are the Tigers a running team? Or do they have a passing fancy?

The Tigers can figure some answers out tonight on familiar ground, playing their home-opener against the Jones County Bobcats with a 6:30 p.m. kick off.

“We need to establish who we are, what we are,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smither said. “We need to play with … urgency.”

The Tigers are coming off a season-opening loss to defending state champion Copiah Lincoln, 29-20, on the road. If not for a couple of plays, it could have gone their way.

“We didn’t make enough plays against a really good team,” Smither said. “But we did run the ball really well.”

The three-man running back rotation of Mitchell Cunningham (North Pontotoc), Corbin White (Nettleton), and Tez Lane (West Point), totaled 165 yards on the ground. The Tigers will need that same effort against Jones to help Jerrod Randall adjust in his first-year role as the starting quarterback.

Jones won its season opener 54-14 over Holmes

The Itawamba Community College Indians are basking in the glow of a season-opening 40-7 victory at home over East Central.

This week the Indians visit Southwest, which is coming off a 19-15 win over Northwest.

Mooreville sophomore quarterback Griff Loftis is coming off a nice effort against East Central, where he passed for 343 yards and four touchdowns. A total of nine different receivers caught balls from Loftis.

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