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 October 3, 2012

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College and Coahoma Community College will tangle for the thirty-seventh time overall when the Tigers make the trek to Clarksdale on Thursday, October 4.

Kickoff is set for a rare 6:30 p.m. boot.

In the series, Northeast owns a 28-8 record including the last two against the Coahoma Tigers. In 2011, Northeast captured a 29-13 in Clarksdale and took a 31-17 victory in 2010.

Prior to the 31-17 win, Coahoma had captured two straight in the series in a pair ofclose contest. Coahoma escaped with a 20-14 four overtime win. Coahoma alsotook a 28-25 decision in 2008 that ended an eight-game win streak by Northeast.

Thursday’s contest will produce the second win for either team. Northeast enters the game 1-4, 0-2 in the North Division and Coahoma responds with an identical record after dropping a 48-17 game to defending national champion East Mississippi in Clarksdale last week. 

Northeast knocked off Jones County Junior College in Ellisville during a week two 30-21 decision while Coahoma scored its lone win of the year in a 34-24 victory in Poplarville against Pearl River two weeks ago.

Northeast brings the nation’s leading punter into the North Division battle as Belmont’s Jonathan Harrison brings his 41.8 yards per kick average into the tussle. Harrison has punted 23 times for the Tigers on the year for 962 yards and leads Hinds’ Pate DeMuth by three-tenths of a yard.

On the year, Harrison has landed eight kicks inside the 20 yard line (second in the nation), caused two fair catches and has four touchbacks – also a nation leading statistic.

Northeast’s defense holds a slight edge in average over Coahoma. Northeast’s defense is averaging 33.6 points per game while Coahoma has given up 221 points per game – 44.2 points per game average. In all of Coahoma’s losses on the year, the opponent has scored over 41 points.

On the offensive side of the ball, Coahoma holds the edge with 16.8 points per game against Northeast’s 15.6 points per outing. However, Coahoma tallied 34 of its 84 points on the season in its only win of the year.

Freshman Matt Lipham leads the Tigers in the passing category. Lipham has completed 59 of his 128 attempts on the year for 502 yards and averages 125.5 yards per game through the air. Lipham also has accounted six scores for the Tigers – four passing and two rushing.

Sophomore Jay Jones comes in as the Tigers leading rusher with 69 carries for 366 yards and three scores.

Jones’ three scores help the Horn Lake native lead the Tigers in scoring. Jones has 24 points of the Tigers 76 markers on the year – six points per game in his four games played – while place kicker Chris Cooper is second on the squad with 18 points. 

Cooper has connected on three-of-three field goals and is nine-of-ten in the extrapoint department.

Demarrion Haynes and JaMarius Tallie have both gone over the century mark in receiving on the year. Haynes leads the Tigers with 204 receiving yards – 144 coming against Holmes in Week Three – while Tallie is at 104 yards on the year.

As with all Tiger football games, fans can hear Northeast Tiger football live by tuning into WNAU AM 1470 out of New Albany but for those that cannot pick up the broadcast, WNAU AM 1470 also offers live streaming by going to http://www.wnau1470.com and clicking on the "Streaming" button after kickoff. A link to the live Internet stream is also available on the Tigers new athletic website at http://www.nemccathletics.com.

Fans can also visit the Tigers in-game Daktronics stats link for live play-by-play action http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=14&sg=MFB&sea=JUCMFB_2012&team=16061 and clicking on the ((W)) beside the correct game on the schedule.

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