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 October 7, 2012

 Clarksdale, Miss.—Sophomore quarterback Nolan Genovese led the Northeast Tigers to a comeback win on Thursday night in Clarksdale verses Coahoma Community College.

On a fourth down and five play, Genovese found wide-out Xavier Moore, for a first and ten, inside Coahoma territory to keep Northeast’s hopes alive with under a minute left in regulation trailing 17-14.  

Genovese would throw a pair of strikes to get Northeast down to the five yard line -- with 41 seconds left to play -- before finishing the game winning drive off by hitting tight end Kerwin Harrison for a five yard touchdown pass.  Chris Cooper would nail the point after attempt (PAT) to put Northeast back on top 21-17.

Sophomore cornerback Kareem Brown put the “nail on the coffin” for Northeast by intercepting a last second heave by Coahoma’s quarterback Quantavious Peterson.

Northeast led the ball game from the opening kickoff, thanks in part to freshman cornerback Matrice Buckley, who was able to scoop up a fumble by Coahoma’s kick returner Monte Bass and rumble in for a seven yard touchdown to put Northeast up 7-0 after the Cooper PAT.

Coahoma (1-5, 0-3) would answer with three points of its own when place kicker Jonathan Ohara nailed a 27-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 contest with 4:35 left to play in the opening quarter.

Both teams remained scoreless, until late in the late in the third quarter, where Northeast's quarterback Matt Lipham would hit WR Shuntez Smith for a 43-yard touchdown pass to put Northeast up 14-3 heading into the final frame.

However, Coahoma found a spark and scored twice in the fourth quarter within approximately three minutes apart.  The first score came at the 8:26 mark on a eight yard run by Daveonn Porter, and the second score by airmail, as Peterson found Jordan Taylor in the back of the endzone for a nine yard touchdown strike with 5:25 left in the game to give CCC a 17-14 advantage.

But thanks to the heroics of Genovese, Northeast was able to move to 2-4 overall and get their first north division win of the year to move to 1-2 in the north on a final score of 21-17.

Northeast will be back at home in week seven where they will face off against the defending state and national champions,  the East Mississippi Community College Lions (5-0, 2-0) at Tiger Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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