Tigers hit road to face Lions’ high-powered attack

Northeast Miss Community CollegeBy David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

The Northeast Tigers football team have amassed a 3-0 North Division record and sparred with the best of the South Division so far this season.

Time to get serious.

The Tigers are one of three teams tied for the North Division lead, and travel today to face the East Mississippi Lions in a 7 p.m. kickoff, one of the other three squads knotted atop the league.

“East is good at all aspects of the game, and we’ve got to find some chink in their amour and expose it,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smither said. “This has probably been our best week of practice sine the first week of the season.

“We were back to having fun again.”

Facing the Lions (6-0, 3-0) has not been fun for other teams so far this season, as the team from Scooba is averaging 65 points and 615 yards per contest. East is coming off a 55-0 win over Holmes, and famously defeated Coahoma 90-7 on Sept. 26.

Northeast (3-3, 3-0) is fresh off a 27-21 victory against Coahoma, with Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins still trying to shake off some rust at quarterback after playing three game on defense with 14 tackles to begin the season for the Tigers.

“You can tell when the light goes on, and he picks up something new,” Smither said of Liggins. “Against Coahoma, I loved the way the guys continue to fight, and their effort in the second half.”

ICC plays Saturday

The Itawamba Indians (5-1, 3-0) get back to basics Saturday, on the road at Coahoma after a 48-7 loss at Copiah Lincoln last week.

“I always look at the glass as half full, but it was a humbling loss,” Itawamba head coach Jon Williams said. “Probably, our players paid a little too much attention to outside distractions.

“Against Coahoma, I would like to see our secondary and offensive line step up and play to their potential.”