Northeast wins Tiger battle

Head Coach Ricky Smither’s squad advanced to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the north division while Coahoma dropped to 1-4, 2-4.

“This was a great win for us and I give these guys all the credit for what they have accomplished,” said Smither.  “My coaching staff is the best. . .Coach Carter, Coach Darnell, Coach Boyette, and Coach Macon, I mean these guys deserve the credit for all the hard work they put in to this football program.”

Leading the way for the Northeast offense was sophomore running back Jaquise Cook of Ripley.  Cook finished the day with 129 yards on 29 carries (4.3 average), while also pulling down three receptions for 42 yards and one score.  Freshman QB Bryan Steele (Olive Branch) had a solid performance as well, completing 14-of-17 passes for 148 yards and a 14-yard touchdown strike to Corinth native Diante Curlee.  Josh Jarboe (Atlanta, Ga.)  led all receivers with seven catches for 78 yards.

“Bryan played a great game today and he continues to get better at quarterback,” explained Smither.  He managed the game well for us and minimized mistakes while making plays at the same time and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

On the defensive side, Northeast was led by its freshman defensive lineman Anthony Payne (Leroy, Ala.) who racked up eight tackles and two sacks, followed by sophomore safety Tarondal Phillips who added nine stops for the Tigers.  Northeast’s stingy defensive unit only allowed 198 total yards on 64 plays.

Special teams offered up the most exciting play of the day for Northeast when freshman DB Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala.) returned a punt 80-yards to the house igniting the crowd and giving Northeast the momentum to close out the game.

Both the Tiger offense and defense will need to continue their success this week against arch rival Itawamba Community College (4-3, 3-1).  The Indians are coming off a 33-20 north division win at Holmes Community College and are tied with the Tigers at the second spot in the division behind first place Northwest.

With the top two teams in each division moving on to the playoffs, this rivalry has been turned up a notch.  A victory in this year’s match-up will take control of that second spot in the north division and move on to post season play.  Northeast defeated ICC last season at Tiger Stadium 28-21.

Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Fulton and the game can be heard by logging onto http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=1452, then click on football.  Approximately at 8 p.m. the game will be joined live in progress on the  96.3 FM “The Ticket” immediately following The Dan Mullen Show.

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