FULTON — A third straight victory for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night appears to have earned them the No. 2 spot in the upcoming MACJC state playoffs. The Rangers handily defeated the Itawamba Indians 45-7 to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the MACJC North Division.
NWCC entered the contest a game behind ICC and Northeast and coupled with a NECC loss to Copiah-Lincoln Thursday, the Rangers, Indians and Tigers all finished in a three-way tie with an identical 4-2 record. There is still confusion on which team, the Rangers or the Tigers, will make the playoffs that start Nov. 5.
According to the MACJC tie-breaker rules, the Rangers have a better point differential in six of the seven games play against common opponents and the Rangers are claiming the No. 2 spot. The Tigers are also claiming the No. 2 spot based on their interpretation of the rules. Both schools were awaiting official word from the MACJC as of press time.
Quarterback Ryan Mossakowski had another big night throwing the ballf for the Rangers as he finished with two touchdowns and 243 yards on 19-for-30 passing.
Teshadi Talton finished with 125 yards on the ground, while Al Hentz had two rushing touchdowns and 90 yards on 14 carries. The Rangers totaled 508 yards, the fifth time they eclipsed 500 yards this season.
NWCC’s defense also had its best night of the season holding the Indians to just 176 yards and forcing two turnovers to give them 12 in the last three games. (October 28, 2011, Page 8A)