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Coahoma prepares for a “must win” game against Jones County

Coahoma prepares for a “must win” game against Jones County

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Tigers made mistakes and paid the price in a 31-6 loss against Copiah-Lincoln Community College last week.


Now, Head Coach Steven Miller is looking to correct Coahoma's miscues and use it as motivation in a must win game against Jones County Junior College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the James E. Miller Stadium.


Last week, Coahoma's offensive committed four turnovers including four interceptions by Quarterback Trey Mitchell. Mitchell of Knoxville, TN, finished 12 of 25 for 176 yards. They were 1 of 5 in the red zone (Co-Lin 20 yard line).


Chris Claybrooks of Nashville, TN, sparked the Tigers' offense with seven catches for 133 yards and five returns for 95 yards.


Josh Johnson of Opelika, AL, has had two straight 100-yard games. Last week, he had 17 carries for 117 yards. So far this season, he has a total of 46 carries for 229 yards and two touchdowns.


Tigers' defense is looking to refocus and dedicate their time to making fewer mistakes and producing big plays.


Last game, they gave up 488 yards total offense and had a lot of missed tackles. Coahoma committed 12 penalties for 72 yards.


"They let themselves down, and we let each other down," said Miller. "We could have had a better performance against Co-Lin."


Jones County is coming to Clarksdale riding high from a 51-10 victory over Mississippi Delta Community College.

The Bobcat's offense accumulated 357 yards.


Quarterback Chris Weaver leads Jones County. Last week, Weaver was 8 of 11 for 124 yards and had a touchdown.


Wide Receiver Harry Ballard had three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.


The Bobcats rely on their stable of running backs, including DeShawn Smith and Scott Phillips.


Last week, Smith had six carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Phillips rushed 11 times for 53 yards and two scores.


Jones County's defense has a pretty tough front seven led by Linebacker Jordyn Bowlin, who had four tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery last week.


Linebackers Rayshon Marcel and Emanuel Barber also bring some additional speed and power.


Defensive Tackle Dashawn Crawford anchors the defensive line. Defensive End Brandon Young is an edge rusher with skills and agility.


Secondary is led by Defensive Back Jalon Scott and Jonathan Haynes, who are both looking to slow down Coahoma's receivers with their speed and aggressiveness.


Coach Miller knows that the Tigers want to separate from the pack.


"Jones County is a very good football program," Miller said. "A second victory for us would be an all-time high for Coahoma."


The matchup will be the opportunity for Coahoma to be over 500, and while the process has been tough, the Tigers are looking for progression.



Vashon K. Jones
Sports Information Director
Coahoma Community College