CLARKSDALE- Coahoma and Northeast Mississippi have something in common this week. Both teams have played tough early on but came up short in the first two games of the season. Coahoma has made a lot of progress, and the Tigers are working to get their first victory of the season. Coahoma and Northeast will settle things in an MACJC North battle on Thursday night.
Coahoma head coach Steven Miller is seeing the hard work come together. The Tigers would have to execute all aspects of the game to have a big road win. "Somebody has got to come out a winner this week," said Miller. "We need to come out victorious and get on a winning streak. The momentum could carry us through the rest of the season."
The Tigers took Mississippi Gulf Coast to the limit in a 46-21 loss. The improvements came offensively as Coahoma moved the ball up and down the field. The Tigers had 245 total yards, including 138 rushing yards and 107 passing yards. Jones led the Tigers with 19 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Fabian Franklin had 10 carries for 76 yards. Norfleet finished 15 of 30 for 107 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
"We have some weapons that are starting to make an impact on offense," said Miller.
Coahoma's defense did not make things easy for the Bulldogs. They combined for two sacks, six tackles for loss, and seven pass breakups.
Northeast Mississippi is coming off a 21-7 loss to Copiah-Lincoln. They generated 186 total yards including 99 passing yards and 87 rushing yards. Jalen Cobbs led the Tigers with 10 carries for 58 yards. Kortlon Hubbard had five catches for 39 yards.
Northeast defeated Coahoma 27-10 last season at James E. Miller Stadium. They scored 20 unanswered points in the second half.
Coahoma is looking to get their first victory against Northeast since Oct. 15, 2009. The Tigers came out on top in a 20-14 overtime victory.
The Battle of the Tigers will be very intense this season. Both teams are looking to jump-start their seasons. Coahoma has high hopes for the young and talented team.
"We have three straight division games that we must win," said Miller. "This is a good stretch for us, and it's where we need to make a run. Our team is up for the challenge."
The kickoff will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 in Booneville, Mississippi. The game will broadcast live at www.coahomasports.com/watch and on our college radio station WCQC 91.3 FM.