|Northwest had a chance to tie the contest after scoring a
touchdown with 2:37 left in the game when backup quarterback Frank Pace
of Hernando hit receiver Derrick Woods with a 23-yard pass. The Rangers'
rushing attempt for the two-point conversion was stuffed by the Pearl
"We just aren't doing the right things at the right times on both sides of the football," said Franklin. "We are a very young team, but we have to stop using that as an excuse at some point during the season and start playing good football."
Northwest pre-season All-American quarterback Bobby Robison of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., missed the contest because of a separated shoulder he suffered in the season-opener the week before against Hinds. Freshman Dallas Mooneyham of Oxford drew the starting nod against Pearl River and threw four interceptions before being replaced by sophomore Pace midway through the third quarter.
With the Rangers trailing 13-6, Pace rallied the troops by leading Northwest down the field and tossing a 21-yard touchdown pass to receiver John Harris of Americus, Ga. Northwest freshman Shawn Dascalu of Walls missed the extra point which put the score at 13-12. Pearl River responded on its next possession with a 34-yard scoring strike from Daniel Forrest to Donovan Morgan to pad the Wildcat lead at 20-12.
Pace is listed as a receiver on the Ranger roster, but has had some collegiate experience at quarterback. He backed up Northwest star quarterback Will Hall during the 2000 campaign and sat out last season. Pace finished the evening with 61 yards rushing and 108 yards passing.
The two teams battled to a 6-6 halftime tie. Northwest scored the first points of the night with 40 seconds left in the first period when Mooneyham hit Harris with a 24-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point attempt failed after a fumbled snap. Pearl scored with 2:18 remaining before halftime on a 67-yard scoring toss from Forrest to Morgan.
NW Miss Bows to Pearl River
JC Football Top Stories
Week 7 Top Performers - WRs/TEsHere's a look at some of the top JUCO wide receivers and tight end performances from week seven of the season...
JC Football8:59 AM
Week 7 Top Performers - Running BacksHere's a look at some of the top JUCO running back performances from week seven of the season...
JC Football8:37 AM
Week 7 Top Performers - QuarterbacksHere's a look at some of the top JUCO quarterback performances from week seven of the season...
JC Football8:12 AM
Clemons Adds Another Offer, Talks Visits2017 Cisco DE Micheal Clemons (6-6, 240) added another offer recently, his 12th, and he updated JCFootball.com on where things stand with his official visits...
JC FootballTuesday at 5:45 AM