NWCC Rangers Beats Miss. Delta

Nothing more than pride was on the line when the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers closed out the regular season with a 29-6 victory against the Mississippi Delta Trojans Oct. 26 at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia.

Northwest, which clinched the MACJC north division championship last week against Itawamba, took care of business against Mississippi Delta and finished with a perfect division record of 6-0 for the first time since 2003.

The Rangers, 6-3 overall, will host south division runner-up Pearl River in the first round of the MACJC state playoffs Saturday, Nov. 4 in Senatobia. Pearl River is ranked No. 3 in the nation and has won the last three state championships.

"It wasn't a meaningless game to us because we wanted some momentum heading into the playoffs," said Northwest Head Coach Randy Pippin. "Our guys did a great job of coming out focused. It wasn't our best game, but we gave a good effort under the circumstances."

The Rangers essentially put Mississippi Delta away in the first 13 minutes of the contest by scoring 17 points thanks to some great field position on their first three possessions of the game.

Northwest freshman Davell Jackson returned the opening kickoff 65 yards to the Trojan 26-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback Brandon Myles tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to receiver Travis Sanford.

The Rangers capitalized on a blocked punt to set up their next possession inside the Mississippi Delta 10. Jackson notched his third touchdown of the season with a six-yard run.

Northwest built a 17-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to a 29-yard field goal by Billy Bishop. The score came after Ranger linebacker Gary Dancer intercepted a pass and returned it 43 yards to the Trojan 22.

Bishop's 43-yard field goal gave Northwest a 20-0 advantage at halftime.

The Rangers added another touchdown in the third period when quarterback Robert Glover threw a 19-yard pass to receiver Jonathan Jackson.

Mississippi Delta's only score came with 7:19 left in the game when quarterback Travis McGee scored on a one-yard run.

Perhaps the most exciting play of the night came when Northwest blocked the extra-point. The ball was scooped up by linebacker Judd Godwin who lateraled to Latarus Sykes. Sykes then dashed 74 yards for a two-point touchdown.

The Rangers won the contest despite gaining a season-low 182 yards of total offense. Northwest, which entered the contest first in the state in rushing offense with 254.1 yards per game, managed just 88 rushing yards on a damp field.

Northwest's defense rose to the occasion by limiting Mississippi Delta to 111 total yards and nine first downs. The Rangers also registered four quarterback sacks.


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