Offense sets tone in second NEMCC scrimmage

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Head Coach Ricky Smither held his team’s second Saturday scrimmage at Tiger Stadium on August 21, and the offensive unit continued to impress those in attendance.

The Tigers took the field around 7 a.m. and it didn’t take long for the first team offense to score on the second team defense when sophomore RB Jaquise Cook (Ripley) punched it in the end zone from nine yards out.

“Our offense continues to make strides and they really look like they are getting the hang of what we are teaching them,” said Smither.

Newcomer WR Josh Jarboe (Atlanta, Ga.), a sophomore transfer from Troy University, made a spectacular catch and run during the scrimmage. Jarboe turned a 15-yard pass from sophomore QB Clint Wilson of Olive Branch into an 80-yard scamper to the pylon for a TD–out running the entire defensive unit.

“Josh has come in with a very humble attitude and he is taking care of his business both on and off the field,” explained Smither. “He has great speed and agility and should do some great thing for us throughout the year.”

Other scorers on the day included Wilson’s quarterback sneak from two yards out, and a five yard run from freshman RB Jamarcus Goodloe (Leighton, Ala.). Back-up freshman QB Bryan Steele (Olive Branch) led the drive that allowed Goodloe to score.

Special teams continue to look good with freshman place kicker Taylor Earhart (Olive Branch) nailing all four PAT’s and connecting on two FG’s (37, 35).

Northeast only has ten more days of preparation before the season kicks-off in Decatur against East Central Community College on September 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Michael J. Miller/NEMCC Media Relations