The Northwest Ranger football team rebounded nicely from its first loss of the season a week ago, rolling up 500 yards of total offense for the third time in four games in a lightning-shortened, 44-21 road win at Coahoma Thursday night.
Northwest improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the north division, winning its 35th game in 37 tries all-time against Coahoma. The Tigers dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in division play.
After a 12-play drive stalled out for Northwest on its opening possession, the Rangers needed just two plays their ensuing drive when Ryan Mossakowski hit a streaking Marcus Henry who scampered 79 yards for a touchdown strike and 7-0 lead.
Coahoma would respond to knot the game at 7-7 two drives later, forcing and recovering a fumble at its own 29-yard line. The Tigers then covered 71 yards on five plays, using a big run by Daveonn Porter to setup first-and-goal and punching it in on Harold Clower's quarterback keeper from 7-yards out.
But it was all Northwest after that.
The Rangers closed out the first quarter with an 11-yard Teshadi Talton touchdown rush, and scored on their final three drives of the half to take a 30-7 lead at intermission. In addition to Mossakowski's 1-yard keeper for a score, Londen Parker hauled in his first career touchdown pass from 9-yards out and Chase Carpenter knocked through his first career field goal from 34-yards out.
Northwest owned a 386-122 advantage in total offense in the first half, as the Ranger defense held Coahoma to just 14 yards total in the second quarter.
Northwest opened the second half just the way it closed the first, scoring on back-to-back drives on a Darryl Kinkle 13-yard touchdown reception and Domonique Harris' 12-yard keeper to take a commanding 44-7 lead with 2:58 left in the third quarter. It capped six-straight scoring drives for the Rangers.
Coahoma got its second touchdown of the night with just under a minute left in the quarter, as backup quarterback Jaszy Parker hit Colton Jackson from 32-yards out. The Tigers added another score on their ensuing possession to pull within 44-21, using five tough runs from Porter to setup Parker's 55-yard strike through the air to Jarvis Pigue.
With Northwest beginning its final drive at their own 20-yard line, lightning began to strike and the skies opened up, causing the game to be called with 5:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Northwest closed the night with 508 yards of total offense and racked up 25 first downs, while holding Coahoma to 256 yards and just eight first downs.
Mossakowski went over 300 yards passing for the third time in four games, completing 18-of-29 passes for 329 yards and three scores. Marcus Henry caught three balls for 104 yards and a score, one of seven different Rangers to score overall on the night. Talton eclipsed 100 yards for the second time of his career, rushing 18 times for 123 yards (6.8 avg.) and a score.
Randolph Williams had a huge night for the Ranger defense, picking up a team and career-high seven tackles, including 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks. David Conner followed with six tackles, while both Tyler Holloway and Theodore Jackson IV each had five. As a team, Northwest finished with 11.0 tackles-for-loss and four sacks by way of Williams, Conner and Jerome McClain.
Northwest will return home next week, welcoming undefeated and 19th-ranked Northeast (4-0, 2-0) to Senatobia for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. The Rangers lead the all-time series 33-16-2 and have won five-straight overall, including a 26-6 win in Booneville a year ago.