Co-Lin struggles against Northwest
SENATOBIA – The scoreboard at Northwest Mississippi CommunityCollege’s Ranger Stadium at Bobby Franklin Field read all zerosThursday night; due to inclement weather knocking out the gameclock. The host-Rangers would proceed to knock out theCopiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves 31-0 in the season openerfor both teams.
Northwest improved to 1-0, while Co-Lin fell to 0-1 in thenon-divisional matchup that featured the defending North and SouthState Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Collegechampions.
Co-Lin continues its early season, non-divisional road trip;traveling to Fulton Thursday to meet the Itawamba Community CollegeIndians. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Defense played a pertinent part in the opening half. The Rangersforced 5 Co-Lin turnovers, including a pair of fumbles and 3interceptions by freshman quarterback Micah Davis.
Davis would finish the game going 9 of 23 for 62. Northwestblitz Davis most of the night.
“We wanted to use our speed to our advantage,” said Ranger headcoach Randy Pippin.
The Wolfpack held the Rangers to a 7-0 lead, that stood at theintermission. Sophomore running back Daniel Thomas scored from 9yards out early in the opening period. Jonathan Neilson tacked onthe first of 4 successful PAT kick and Northwest led 7-0.
Neilson would also add a 38-yard field goal early in thefourth.
“Defensively, we played a good first half,” said Co-Lin headcoach Glen Davis. “We had 8 guys on defense that played at somepoint last year.”
The second half would be a totally different story. Northwestscored 3 touchdowns inside a span of 8 minutes. A pair of stalleddrive and a Wolfpack fumble led the Rangers to paydirt.
Oscar Dudley, a sophomore from Coffeeville, caught a pair oftouchdown passes (3 catches for 63 yards) in the Ranger scoringspree.
“We wanted to get the best possible people on the field to makeplays for us,” said Coach Pippin following the game. “Co-Lin is alot like us, in that both teams lost a lot of sophomores lastyear.”
Davis echoed Pippin’s sentiments.
“We started 8 freshmen of defense tonight,” said Coach Davis.”Our youthfulness showed up in the second half.”
Davis’ Wolfpack was held to 168 yards of total offense, whileNorthwest totaled 271.
Co-Lin was led by tight end Jonathan Massey. The 6-foot-2freshman from Gautier caught 3 passes for 41 yards. Sophomorerunning back Kentrell Cleveland (Mendenhall) led the ground assaultwith 66 yards on 16 rushes.
For Northwest, Thomas led all rushers with 13 carries for 67yards. Thomas, who at times lined up at quarterback, had 146 yardsof total offense to lead the Rangers.