CCC Hosts Pearl River Thursday at Home
Coahoma Community College’s offense has showed sparks of brilliance, but has yet to catch fire after three games this season. The Tigers are steadily improving, but they will need to correct the mental errors and cut out the costly turnovers and penalties that have been hurting them early on this season.
CCC (0-1 MACJC North, 0-3 overall) will host Pearl River Community College Thursday night at James E. Miller Stadium. The Wildcats (0-1 MACJC South, 1-1 overall) are coming off a 34-16 loss to No. 19 Jones County Junior College on Saturday. PRCC will have just a few short days to prepare for its trip to Clarksdale and the signs look good for Coahoma picking up its first win of the season.
“We got to be more disciplined, and we’ve got to quit making the mental errors because they really hurt us during the first three weeks,” said CCC Head Coach Freeman Horton. “We played our best game of the season last week, (Northwest) just had some big plays that really changed the momentum of the game. That was a game that we could’ve won.”
Those big plays included a 91-yard kickoff return after the CCC kick coverage was incorrectly executed, and 83 and 70-yard runs by Northwest running back Damian Baker who finished the game with 208 yards and three scores. Four consecutive personal foul penalties, on NWCC’s second possession of the game, setup Baker’s other score by moving the ball from the Tigers own 30, to their own 2-yard line, and setting up the short touchdown run.
“It was a tough loss for us, and after watching the film it made it a little harder to watch some of the mistakes that we made,” said Horton. “We’ve got to keep our heads up this week, have a good week of practice, and come out and get our first win this Thursday night.”
Thursday’s home game will be the last for CCC for the next couple of weeks as they will play on the next two Saturday afternoons away at East Mississippi (Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.) and at Northeast Mississippi (Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.). The Tigers won’t return home until Oct. 12 for their Homecoming game against Itawamba at 2 p.m.
Kickoff for this week’s game against Pearl River is slated for 6:30 p.m.