NW Mississippi Loses Second Game

When the night began, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers had hopes of moving into first place in the MACJC north division. When it ended, the Rangers left the field wondering what happened in the second half after they lost 34-10 to the Mississippi Delta Trojans Oct. 18 in Senatobia.

The loss dropped No. 6 Northwest to 5-2 overall and into third place in the division at 2-2. Mississippi Delta maintained its status atop the north at 4-0, and improved to 6-1 overall.

The Rangers jumped to a 10-0 halftime lead after outgaining the Trojans 251 to 90 in total yardage. Mississippi came storming back in the second half and scored 34 unanswered points, including 27 in the fourth quarter to end Northwest's 13-game home winning streak. It also marked Northwest's worst margin of defeat since the 1998 Mineral Water Bowl when it fell 41-3 to Middle Georgia.

"I thought our focus and intensity level in the second half were terrible." said Ranger Head Coach Bobby Franklin. "We allowed them to many big plays, plus when you turn the ball over like we did, you can't expect to win."

Franklin was alluding to the six Northwest turnovers, five of which came in the second half and led to the Mississippi Delta flurry of points.

A defensive struggle broke out in the first half of the contest. The Rangers built their 10-0 advantage behind a 37-yard field goal by Brent Smith of Byhalia in the opening quarter, then got a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bobby Robison of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to fullback Kevin Newsom of Southaven.

In the third period, Northwest had the ball at the Mississippi Delta 40, but a fumble by Ranger receiver Tony Jackson set up the Trojans first score. Tailback Marcus Ross capped the drive by slicing through the middle of the Northwest defense for a 16-yard touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Mississippi Delta scored on a 2-yard run by tailback Derrick Davis and two touchdown passes from quarterback Berkedius Womack to Tavares Gideon of 12 and five yards. Trojan defensive back Jermayel Brown iced it for Mississippi Delta by intercepting a pass in the final minute and returning it 100 yards for a score.

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