Northwest Falls To East Mississippi

With five games under their belts, the Northwest Mississippi Community
College Rangers’ season has resembled the recent ups and downs of
America’s economy.


By BRETT BROWN
With five games under their belts, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers’ season has resembled the recent ups and downs of America’s economy.
The Rangers had their share of opportunities, but couldn’t cash in and fell to the East Mississippi Lions 27-19 at Sullivan-Windham Field Sept. 25 in Scooba.
Northwest, which has failed to win back-to-back games this season, dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MACJC north division, while East Mississippi improved to 4-1 and 2-0.
The Rangers only turned the ball over once, but failed to score on three separate occasions inside the East Mississippi 15-yard line.
The two teams combined for 851 yards of total offense, 49 first downs, and 21 penalties.
Northwest tried to rally in the final minutes and cut the score to 27-19 with 2:28 remaining when quarterback Casey Weston of Prattville, Ala., hooked up with freshman receiver Marquise Green of Byhalia on a 40-yard touchdown pass.
The Rangers came very close to recovering the ensuing onside kick, but the Lions gained control of the ball and were able to run out the clock.
“I thought we played our best game of the year, but we did have some miscues,” said Northwest Head Coach Ricky Woods. “We started nine freshmen, so that’s going to happen, but we were able to move the ball up and down the field. Defensively, we played hard, but we didn’t get to the quarterback as much as we wanted to.”
Northwest’s Weston completed 21 of 37 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a one-yard run. Receiver Green caught both of Weston’s scoring passes.
That duo got the Rangers on the board first when they hooked up on a 14-yard pass play.
East Mississippi countered by scoring 20 unanswered points to claim a 20-6 lead at halftime. Tailback Pat Shed scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, then added a two-yarder in the second quarter. Squeezed in between those scores was a 10-yard touchdown pass from Perry Trammell to Mike Outlaw.
Northwest cut its deficit to 20-13 at the start of the fourth quarter on Weston’s one-yard run, but the Lions responded with a 67-yard, seven-play drive and stretched their lead to 27-13 with 4:29 remaining.
The Rangers racked up a season-high 213 yards rushing behind freshman Aubrey Shelton of Grenada who gained 106 yards on 10 carries. Freshman Tijuan Green of Warner Robins, Ga., added 12 rushes for 80 yards.
“We have gotten better every week and that’s what we want,” added Woods. “Now is the time for us to turn it on. We have four games left and we know what we have to do.”
Northwest will host Mississippi Delta Thursday, Oct. 2 at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.

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