SUMMIT — Southwest Mississippi Community College broke a 14-14 tie with NWCC midway through the fourth quarter and never looked back Thursday night. The Bears ended up defeating the No. 18 Rangers 28-14 in the non-division matchup. The loss was the second in a row for NWCC (3-3 overall) and third in the last four games. Southwest, which improved to 3-3 with the victory, broke the tie with a 28-yard touchdown pas from Vintavious Cooper to Justin Hatcher at the 8:56 mark of the fourth quarter and then iced the game with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown from Raheem Robinson with 3:12 left in the contest.
NWCC got on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ryan Mossakowski with 4:40 left in the first quarter.
The Bears tied the game with 6:39 left in the first half on a 7-yard run by Cooper and then took their first lead on a 1-yard run by Cooper with 9:41 left in the third quarter. The Rangers were able tie the contest later in the third when Mossakowski found Lance Ray for a 38-yard touchdown reception.
Mossakowski finished the game just 16-for-25 for 142 yards and two interceptions. Cooper was 10-for-15 for 134 yards through the air and had 214 yards on 34 carries on the ground.
NWCC will return to action Thursday on the road at Delta. (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)