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 October 23, 2012


Booneville, Miss.,--  Four early Northeast miscues turned out to be the difference between in the game when the Tigers and the Itawamba Indians renewed their rivalry at Tiger Stadium last Saturday.

For the game Northeast (2-6, 1-4) gave up three fumbles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and had two punts blocked in the contest.  That was too much to overcome as the Tigers fell to the Indians 36-15.

Itawamba’s (5-3, 3-2) first touchdown came at approximately the ten minute mark of the first quarter on a four yard plunge by Rashad Pargo after capitalizing on a blocked punt that put the Indians up 6-0.  The extra point was blocked by Lavon Hooks for Northeast but Pargo was able to scoop the ball up and race into the end zone tacking on two more points to make it an 8-0 ballgame.

Later in the opening frame, Northeast quarterback Matt Lipham threw an interception that was returned for a score by the Indians Brandon Smith for 40 yards to put the Indians up 15-0 after the PAT by Tyler Jackson.

With twenty seconds left in the first period, Northeast was able to put two points on the board when linebacker J.R. White sacked ICC QB Griff Loftis in the back of the end zone to make it a 15-2 Indian lead.

However, in the second quarter Itawamba would add to their lead when Loftis connected with Sanford Seay on a 42-yard touchdown pass with nine minutes left to play in the opening half to go up 22-2.  The Indians wasted no time striking again three minutes later on yet another TD pass from Loftis, this time on a 13-yard strike to DeMarius Howard to increase the Indians lead to 29-2.

Northeast responded at the 6:59 mark in the second quarter, after a muffed punt by ICC’s Pat Malone was scooped up and scored on by the Tigers’ safety Brian Walker, who scampered 22 yards down the sideline for the touchdown.  PK Chris Cooper missed the PAT and the Tigers trailed 29-8.

Northeast looked to capitalize on that momentum in the second half, but on the opening kickoff return specialist DeMarrion Haynes caught the ball around the six yard line and retreated into the end zone where he then downed the kick, which awarded Itawamba a safety and the ball back off the free kick -- therefore giving the Indians a 31-8 advantage and first possession to begin the second half.

However, those two points were the only points scored in the third but in the fourth quarter Itawamba’s Jackson would nail a 22-yard field goal to increase the Indian’s lead to 34-15.  The last score for ICC came with 1:06 left to play in the game when NE QB Matt Lipham was sacked for a safety to make the final score 36-15.

Northeast will wrap up the 2012 campaign this week when they travel to Moorhead to face the 1-7 Mississippi Delta Trojans who are fresh off their first win of the season against Coahoma Community College 34-7 in week eight. 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  Fans can tune in to the live audio webcast at www.wnau.com.

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