Itawamba faces tough task at Delta
the No. 2 team in
the South Division.
By Mark Beason
After starting the season with four consecutive losses, making the playoffs didn't seem like a possibility for Itawamba.
Three consecutive wins later, the Indians are in the chase for a playoff berth in the Mississippi community college North Division.
ICC (3-4, 3-2) faces a must-win situation, playing at Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. today. Delta (6-1, 4-0) leads the North Division.
"Delta has a real good football team that has a lot of balance and a lot of team speed," ICC coach Jay Miller said. "They've probably got more overall speed than any team we've seen all year."
Delta's offense is led by standout quarterback Berkedius Womack. He puts a lot of pressure on opposing defenses with his arm and his legs.
"Their quarterback may be more dangerous running the ball than he is throwing it," Miller said. "He can really hurt you once he gets out of the pocket."
ICC's offense will be led by one of two quarterbacks. John Ross McCartney led Indians to a 24-14 win last week against Northeast and is expected to share time with starter Andy Johnson, who was sidelined last week with an ankle injury. Miller hasn't named a starter and said both players should see action.
Tailback Chourse Young has been the workhorse on offense this year, leading the state in rushing. The sophomore has 949 yards on 185 carries and has scored six touchdowns.
"Because of our inconsistent passing game, we've put the game in his (Young) hands," Miller said. "It helps to have a good running game, but we've got to be able to throw it better."
PRCC at Northeast
Northeast (3-4, 3-2) is in the same situation as ICC, trying to play its way into the playoffs.
The Tigers step out of division this week, hosting Pearl River (6-1, 3-1 South Division) at 7 p.m. today.
Although it won't have any bearing on the playoffs, Bobby Hall's squad has a difficult test against one of the top teams in the South Division.
"These guys are probably one of the top four teams in the state," he said. "They've got an outstanding football team and we're going to have play extremely well to win."
Northeast wraps up its season next week with a key North Division game against Holmes.
Northwest (5-2, 2-2) tries to rebound after getting beat 34-10 by Delta last week. The Rangers host East Mississippi (2-5, 1-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for homecoming.
Along with Northeast and ICC, Northwest is one of three teams with two North Division losses. The Rangers wrap up the regular season next Thursday against Coahoma.