NW Mississippi Moves to 3-0 With Win Over Delta

Hurricane Ivan did its fair share of damage along the southeastern part of the United States, but it was Northwest Mississippi Community College quarterback Lewis Kuffuor who wreaked havoc against the Mississippi Delta Trojans Sept. 16 in Moorhead.

Kuffuor racked up 243 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns as No. 3 ranked Northwest stormed past Mississippi Delta 24-12 in the MACJC north division opener for both squads. The Rangers improved their overall record to 3-0, while the Trojans dropped to 1-2.

It marked the consecutive week that Kuffour has supplied the offensive spark that Northwest needed. In the Rangers' last two contests, the sophomore transfer from Tennessee Tech University has amassed 522 total yards.

Kuffuor, who rushed for 116 yards on 13 carries and threw for 127, became the first Northwest quarterback since 1986 to run and pass for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games.

"It's basically his show to run on offense," said Northwest Head Coach Bobby Franklin. "He gives us some athleticism back there and that's something we have lacked the last couple of seasons. Overall, I thought we got better as a football team tonight. We didn't turn the ball over and cut down on the penalties."

Two dazzling touchdown runs and scoring toss by Kuffuor in the second quarter gave the Rangers an 18-0 lead at halftime.

Kuffuor's first touchdown, a 15-yarder which came on a quarterback draw, was set up when Northwest free safety Timothy Jones of Horn Lake intercepted a pass at the Mississippi Delta 42.

With 6:43 left in the half, Kuffuor turned what was destined to be a big loss of yardage into a spectacular 74-yard scoring run. Kuffuor dropped back to pass, but decided to run after feeling pressure from the Trojans. After breaking five tackles, Kuffuor found a gap in the Trojan defense and dashed to the end zone.

Northwest cornerback Zach Britten of Abbeville intercepted a pass at the Mississippi Delta 48 to set up the Rangers' final score of the half. Kuffuor lanched a 46-yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandon Hunt of Southaven with 44 seconds remaining.

Northwest had problems all night on extra point attempts. A botched snap on the Rangers' first try resulted in Northwest going for two points the rest of the evening. The Rangers were unsuccessful on all three tries.

Mississippi Delta cut into its deficit by taking the opening possession of the second half down the field and scoring on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Jeremy Banks to Clarence Denmark.

The Rangers answered on their next possession to put the contest away. Tailback Greg Horton of Vardaman capped a six-play, 74-yard drive by scoring on a 10-yard run off tackle to put Northwest ahead 24-6.

Mississippi Delta scored a late touchdown with 40 seconds left in the contest when Banks sprinted 84 yards for a touchdown.

Botb teams were able to move the ball. The Rangers racked 419 yards of total offense, while the Trojans tallied 324. Northwest rushed for 292 yards compared to Mississippi Delta's 234.

"At this point in the season, you just try to improve on what you are doing," said Franklin. "We did a lot of good things tonight and it paid off for us. Now, we have to get ready for the next one."

Northwest will travel to Wesson Sept. 23 to face Copiah-Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.



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