Tigers entertain No. 4 EMCC

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

A win should be cause for celebration.
But call head coach Ricky Smither and the Northeast Community College Tigers greedy.
“A win is good, but the team is really disappointed with the way the season has gone,” said Smither, whose Tigers are coming off a 21-17 victory over Coahoma. “The win kinda helps out, but I don’t think they’ll be celebrating until they get a big win, or put a couple of wins together.”
Northeast (2-4, 1-2) gets the chance for that “big win” today with a 7 p.m. kickoff, hosting No. 4 ranked and defending state champion East Mississippi (6-0, 3-0).
“East Mississippi is a well-oiled machine,” Smither said. “It’s going to take our group to play perfection football.
“To stay in the game, we’ll have to keep the East Mississippi offense on the bench, and win the kicking game.”
Among those who Smither feels helped the Tigers earn their first North Division win of the season included wide receivers Xavier Amerson from Fla. and Shuntez Smith from Southaven. Defensively, Smither gives a nod to Tim Hudgins from Columbus and Lavon Hooks from Ga.
Coahoma visits ICC
Winning a close game might be a wish for head coach Jon Williams and the Itawamba Community College Indians.
In two of their last three, ICC has lost to Holmes and No. 13 Copiah-Lincoln by a combined five points, including last week’s 17-14 loss to Co-Lin.
“In every situation, you try to take away something positive,” Williams said. “We’ve had some young guys who had to step up and play well.
“The most encouraging to us as a staff, the players have had great practices the last two weeks.”
Itawamba (3-3, 1-2) get to build on the positives today with a 7 p.m. kickoff, hosting Coahoma (1-5, 0-3).
“They are an athletic squad that doesn’t get real fancy,” Williams said. “But what they do, they do well.”
MACJC note: Of interest on the schedule this week, No. 6 Northwest (5-0, 4-0) hosts Holmes (3-3, 3-1) tonight in an important North Division game.