Community college football around the state kicked off Thursday night, with Northeast Mississippi rolling to a 35-10 win at home against Holmes.
Itawamba CC opened its season with a 37-23 loss at home to Coahoma.
Northwest Mississippi was scheduled to play at home against Mississippi Delta on Thursday night, but that game was called off after several Delta players tested positive for COVID-19. Northwest is scheduled to entertain ICC on Oct. 15 after an open week.
• In Booneville, Northeast’s Tigers won their season opener for the second year in a row, aided by a pair of defensive touchdowns.
Freshman defensive back Scott Norphlet (Oxford) recovered a fumble in the end zone on a botched Holmes punt attempt for the season’s first points. Freshman linebacker Carter Bonds (Corinth) returned a fumble 20 yards for a third-quarter TD.
The Tigers used a pair of quarterbacks and both found success. Starter Kevin Hurley (Walnut) had a 64-yard scoring connection with Cam Coleman and JT Moore threw a pair of TDs, 29 yards to Andison Coby late in the first half and 15 yards to Dallas Payne in the fourth quarter.
Northeast is scheduled to visit Mississippi Delta next Saturday and will have a rematch at Holmes on Oct. 29.
• In Fulton, ICC led 23-16 in the third quarter before Coahoma asserted itself, winning on the road in Travis Macon’s debut as head coach.
Freshman AV Smith accounted for three touchdowns to lead the host Indians, passes of 9 yards to Qua Davis (Biggersville) and 32 yards to Octavious Williams (Horn Lake) along with a 9-yard scoring run.
ICC, which visits Holmes next Thursday, will have a rematch with Coahoma on Oct. 12 to close the six-game regular season.