CATEGORY: FOL High School Football

AUTHOR: WHEELE

Trojans come to Fulton seeking playoffs

By D.E. Wheeler

Daily Journal

FULTON - It is homecoming week on the campus of Itawamba Community College. A great week for the students and faculty with all the activities associated with that celebration.

But, a hard week for the Indians football players and coaches, especially while trying to focus on the red-hot Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans, which come to Fulton for a 4 p.m. kickoff Saturday.

"Delta is on a roll right now," ICC head coach Jay Miller said. They are the team to beat right now in the state.

"They just beat Hinds last week, and they've gotten everyone good in the South Division and beaten them. Now they're coming here to play us."

The Trojans (4-1, 0-1) did upset then No. 11 ranked Hinds 31-15 last week, MDCC also has wins over Copiah-Lincoln, Jones and Gulf Coast. But Delta's only loss, a 10-7 loss to Northeast, has put the Trojans in a must win situation against Itawamba (3-2, 1-0) to stay alive for post-season play.

"This is probably the biggest North Division game of the week," Miller said. "If Delta loses this week, they are basically eliminated from the playoffs.

"From our standpoint, if we win, we're in the drivers seat. And if we lose, we're just one of the pack. Their back are up against the wall."

The ICC defense, which has been compared to other Indian defenses of previous seasons, needs to get up off its back after giving up 38 point to East Mississippi last week. ICC beat East 44-38, but allowing that many points has Miller wondering how to focus defensive squad.

"Delta will probably do the same kind of stuff we've been getting from other teams the last three weeks - run the football," Miller said. "I'm frustrated right now.

"I think they're playing hard, but not smart."

Miller has no such concerns about the ICC offense right now. Since the second half of the Pearl River game, the Indians offense has carried its weight, and is probably the reason Itawamba has a modest two-game winning streak going right now.

"Courtney Miner probably had his best game of the season last week, and of course Shalando Jones had some good catches," Miller said. "And both quarterbacks, Kwasi Cockrell and Jeffrey Aaron had good games."

Football Notes: Mississippi Delta comes to Fulton with the top ranked defense in the state, only allowing 12 points per game. ICC is allowing 24.4, good for ninth in the state, while the Indians are scoring 26.6 points, fifth best..., Some individual leaders in stats for ICC finds Cockrell leading the state with 208.8 yards per game passing and Nikia Adderson with seven sacks, tops in the state.

Soccer Notes: In other fall sports, Itawamba's soccer team, 3-5 for the season, has three games scheduled in the four days. ICC hosts Mississippi Delta today, Rhinehart College Saturday, and travels to Raymond to play Tyler Junior College Sunday.

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