BOONEVILLE- Coahoma entered Thursday's game seeking their first victory of the season and hoping to secure an upper hand in the MACJC North Division. They would have to get through Northeast Mississippi in the "Battle Of The Tigers" to do so. Both teams were in an all-out war for four quarters. Ultimately, Northeast made some critical defensive plays in a 20-18 victory at Tiger Stadium.
Northeast led 20-12 with 4:39 remaining in the game. Coahoma's defense came up big with a blocked punt by Kyle Jones. Coahoma got the ball at the 3-yard line after a Northeast penalty. Jaylin Jones scored a three-yard touchdown cutting the lead to 20-18. The Tigers fought to tie the game on the two-point conversion, but Myron Norfleet threw an incomplete pass.
Coahoma had their last opportunity to win the ballgame with a drive all the way down to Northeast's 38-yard line. Norfleet got sacked by Emmanuel Olenga on 4th down and 5.
Northeast got on the board first 7-0 on a Zac Oden 67-yard touchdown pass to Carson Banks. Michael Baugus knocks down a 27-yard field goal to extend the lead 10-0.
Coahoma fought back when Norfleet connected to Donnie Corley for a two-yard touchdown cutting the lead to 10-6. De'Teyvion Butler had to step up as the kicker for an injured Chasten Lamb. He kicked the ball high and in a wide open gap where Coahoma recovered the onside kick. Norfleet scored a one-yard touchdown giving Coahoma a 12-10 lead at the half.
Northeast came back and took a 17-12 lead. Oden connected with Kortlon Hubbard
for a 54-yard touchdown. The Tigers extended the lead to 20-12 on a 37-yard field goal by Baugus.
Northeast had 256 yards of total offense including 182 passing yards and 74 rushing yards. Oden led the Tigers completing 10 of 20 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Hubbard finished with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Banks had one catch for 67 yards and a touchdown
Coahoma had 145 yards of total offense including 121 passing yards and 24 rushing yards. Norfleet led the Tigers completing 18 of 28 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Corley finished with nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Jones had 13 carries for 19 yards and a touchdown.
"This is a learning curve, and hopefully we can get it all together soon," said Coahoma Head Coach Steven Miller. "It's going to be a four-quarter battle from here on out. Our team is going to feed on this loss and continue to battle for our first victory."
Northeast goes to 1-2 (1-0 MACJC North) on the season. They will travel to Goodman, Mississippi to take on Holmes next Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
Coahoma goes to 0-3 (0-1 MACJC North) on the season. They will continue MACJC North Division play against Itawamba next Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The Kickoff will be 7 p.m. at James E. Miller Stadium. The game will broadcast live at www.coahomasports.com/watch and on Coahoma's radio station WCQC 91.3 FM.
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