CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: PHELPS

HED:Bus ride not so bad after Northeast win at Miss. Delta

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

Northeast head coach Laurin Collins and his football team actually enjoyed their long bus ride home Thursday from Moorhead.

The reason: Northeast won its first game of the season, defeating Mississippi Delta 10-7 in overtime in its community college North Division opener.

"It made for a little shorter bus ride home," Collins said Friday. "This was a big win for us. ... I hope this will put that taste in our mouth. Maybe this will get us over the hump."

Northeast, now 1-3 overall, clinched the win with a pass interception by cornerback Antonio Justice in the overtime period.

The Tigers had the first possession in the overtime and used a 24-yard field by Neal Allen to take the 10-7 lead.

Starting at the Northeast 25-yard line on its overtime possession, Mississippi Delta moved deeper into Tiger territory before Justice came up with his steal to end the game.

"That was a great interception," Collins said. "As well as our defense played all night, it was fitting that they made the big play."

Northeast's touchdown came on its first possession of the first quarter. Quarterback Tony Kirkpatrick scored on a 47-yard run with an option keeper to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Northeast returns home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to host Holmes in a division game.

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