Coahoma Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College renewed their rivalry on Thursday night at the James E. Miller Stadium. Coahoma made big mistakes early but bounced back in pursuit of the victory. Northeast Mississippi took advantage of Coahoma's errors by making big plays all over the field and took back to Booneville, Mississippi a 26-17 victory.
Northeast struck first on their opening drive 7-0. They drove 81 yards on 12 plays. Jack Mangel threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Malone.
The Northeast Tigers surged again when Mangel threw a 43-yard touchdown to Malone. They extended the lead to 14-0.
Coahoma changed the scoreboard with a 29-yard field goal by Jarod Weitzel that made the score 14-3.
Northeast's defense stepped up when Isaiah Hunt forced Tahj Tolbert to fumble in the end zone. Coahoma recovered for a safety. Northeast raised the lead 16-3.
Michael Baugus made a 21-yard field goal to give Northeast a 19-3 lead at the half.
Coahoma came alive in the third quarter. Tolbert connected with Sammy Carter Jr. for a 24-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 19-11.
Then Tolbert connected with Deldrionn Amos for a 9-yard touchdown. Coahoma cut the lead to 19-17.
Both teams were in a defensive struggle in the fourth quarter. Northeast put the game out of reach with Mangel's 22-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Johnson.
Northeast Mississippi accumulated 351 total yards, composed of 285 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Mangel led the Tigers with 22 of 44 passes for 285 yards, two interceptions, and three touchdowns. Malone contributed five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Shawn Dalton Weatherbee collected 20 carries for 70 yards. Coahoma tallied 203 total yards; this includes 165 passing yards and 38 rushing yards. Tolbert led the Tigers with 16 of 32 passes for 159 yards, one interception, and two touchdowns. Kentrell Barber made five catches for 54 yards. Amos successfully made four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Dewayne Betts left the CCC gridiron with four carries for 45 yards.
Coahoma goes to 1-2 (0-1 MACJC North) on the season. They will have an opportunity to make a comeback in an MACJC North matchup against Itawamba Community College on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Fulton. The game will broadcast live at www.coahomasports.com/watch as well as on the college's radio station WCQC 91.3 FM.