NWCC whips East Mississippi CC

Something about playing East Mississippi brings out the best in the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers. Fueled by a season-high 560 yards of total offense, Northwest whipped the Lions 53-17 Oct. 19 in Scooba.

Something about playing East Mississippi brings out the best in the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers. Fueled by a season-high 560 yards of total offense, Northwest whipped the Lions 53-17 Oct. 19 in Scooba.

Last season, when the Rangers hooked up with East Mississippi, Northwest racked up 438 yards of total offense en route to a 42-0 victory.

"I thought it was our best game of the year on both sides of the football," said Ranger Head Coach Bobby Franklin. "Our offense clicked and the defense made some big plays for us."

Northwest sophomore quarterback Bobby Robison of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., put on a stellar performance by completing 24 of 40 attempts for a career-high 408 yards and six touchdowns. Robison has put on an aerial show against East Mississippi the last two seasons. In two games versus the Lions, Robison has completed 47 of 88 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Ranger freshman receiver John Harris of Americus, Ga., added to his state-leading totals with nine receptions for 156 yards and four touchdowns, while sophomore slotback Kenyaki Sanders of Senatobia posted a career-high six catches for 116 yards.

Northwest built a 33-14 halftime lead thanks to four of Robison's scoring tosses, three of them to Harris covering nine, 26, and 21 yards. Robison also connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Woods of Memphis. Linebacker Rashad Johnson of Warner Robins, Ga., notched the Rangers' other score in the first half by returning a fumbled kickoff six yards.

East Mississippi opened the second half with a 42-yard field goal to cut its deficit to 33-17, but Northwest put the contest away when Harris burned the Lions' secondary on a 36-yard touchdown reception from Robison with 3:18 keft in the third period.

Sophomore receiver and backup quarterback Frank Pace of Hernando accounted for the Rangers' final two touchdowns of the day by catching a three-yard pass from Robison, and rushing 26 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
 


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