NE Mississippi Clinches Division

SCOOBA, Miss.--  With its second straight North Division title on the line, third ranked Northeast put up 26 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 45-27 win over the East Mississippi Lions, claimed the title and earned the right to host a first round playoff game.

The Tigers (6-0, 5-0) got a safety from the Lions on the fourth play of the game when from punt formation; the center's snap sailed over the punter's head and out of the back of the end zone.  That opened the flood gates.  Cameron Montgomery scored Northeast's next two touchdowns.  Michael Ricks returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week.  Jay Roberts added a 34-yard field goal and the Tigers suddenly led 26-0.

Gilbert McThune scored twice in the second quarter for the Tigers.  He made an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone for his first touchdown and with only two seconds left in the half, McThune, a wide receiver by trade, ran in from 11 yards out from the quarterback position.  Northeast led 39-0 at half time.

Both teams recorded third quarter touchdowns with Marcus Massie scoring on a four-yard run for the Tigers with 12:40 remaining in the period.  Jay Roberts' PAT attempt was blocked.

The Lions (2-4, 2-4) scored three TDs in the fourth quarter to close the deficit to 45-27.

Northeast will close out the regular season Thursday, Nov. 3 at Coahoma.  This game was rescheduled from Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Katrina.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 


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