By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
FULTON – Jon Williams had questions about his Itawamba Indians prior to their junior college season-opener Thursday.
The Indians certainly provided good answers for their head coach.
Using a strong running game and the passing of Mooreville’s Griff Loftis, the Indians pounded the East Central Warriors 40-7.
“Every phase of our game did something good,” Williams said. “We had no turnovers on offense, we created two turnovers, and we blocked a punt.”
“I would have liked to have us pitch a shutout.”
Loftis, a sophomore, passed for 319 yards. Tobias Lofton and Chris Ingram combined for 169 rushing yards.
“Our receiving corps, I think they answered the bell,” Williams said. “And our offensive line blocked as well on the run as they have in a while.”
Itawamba got in the end zone late in the first quarter on a 26-yard pass from Lofts to Fulton’s Shante Rogers for a 10-0 lead. ICC got in the end zone twice more in the second quarter, beginning with a 15-yard reception by JaNardreon Jones, and an 8-yard grab by Archie Dennard.
East Central got on the board with its first completion of the contest, a short toss to Hakeen Parker that turned into a 60-yard score in the third quarter.
Itawamba answered later in the period with a 29-yard pass and catch by Jaquez McMillian. The Indians added a 10-yard run by Ingram in the fourth quarter.
Copiah-Lincoln 27, Northeast 20: The visiting Tigers (0-1) got two passing TDs from Jerrard Randall, who also rushed for 90 yards and another score.