SENATOBIA — Brad LaPlante, the new head football coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College, has hit the ground running.
LaPlante isn’t new to being a head coach — he went 64-16 at Division III Rochester College (Minn.) from 2004-10 — but he has never coached in the state junior college system. Laplante, however, is ready to make up for that through a lot of hard work that his administration has already seen from him. (January 18, 2013, Page 7A)
Northwest Mississippi Community College announced Thursday that it has hired Brad LaPlante as its new head football coach. (January 11, 2013, Page 7A)
Former Lafayette High standouts, Shaq Isom and Nikki McChristian, helped lead the Northwest Mississippi Community College Lady Rangers to a 72-50 win over East Central Saturday in Senatobia. Isom scored nine points and had two assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action while McChristian led the team with 10 rebounds and finished with seven points in 21 minutes. NWCC is now 8-2 on the year. (December 10, 2012, Page 3B)
On the day the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers finished No. 9 in the NJCAA poll, the coach that led them to that point, decided to go in a different direction.
Ricky Woods stepped down from his position as Rangers head football coach after five seasons in Senatobia on Wednesday. He broke the news to his team during a meeting Wednesday afternoon, just four days after the Rangers defeated No. 11 Kilgore 47-36 in the Brazos Valley Bowl. (December 6, 2012, Page 10)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Playing in the largest junior college bowl venue in the nation, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers knew it would take a big-time effort to come away with the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl championship at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
Quarterback Domonique Harris and the Ranger offense had exactly that, piling up more than 500 yards of total offense on their way to a 47-36 victory over Kilgore College. NWCC ended the season with an 8-2 record.
Harris completed 19 of 23 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns while running for an additional 56 yards. Running back Damian Baker was NWCC’s workhorse, running for 178 yards and a touchdown. (December 3, 2012, Page 3B)
It’s amazing what a trip to Texas to play in a bowl game will do for the morale of a community college football team. The 13th-ranked Northwest Mississippi Rangers will take on No. 11 Kilgore in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl Saturday at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field at noon.
Ricky Woods, the veteran coach who leads the 7-2 Rangers, said the practice sessions leading up to the game have been as good or better than at any time period during his five seasons in Senatobia. (November 30, 2012, Page 7A)
Northwest Mississippi Community College has accepted a bid to play in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl on Dec. 1 at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Kickoff is set for noon. (more…) (November 14, 2012, Page 6)
Former Water Valley standout C.J. Jackson was named to the MACJC All-State football team as a member of the first team. Joining Jackson, a linebacker who plays at ICC, on the team from the area is former Oxford High standout Demarcus Pegues, who was named honorable mention at linebacker. Pegues just completed his sophomore season as a member of the NWCC Rangers.
Tyler Jackson, a former standout from Lafayette, was named to the second team as place-kicker. Jackson just completed his freshman season at ICC.
The Rangers finished the season 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the MACJC North Division, while the Indians finished the year 6-3. (November 13, 2012, Page 7)
Former Lafayette High standouts, Nikki McChristian and Shaq Isom, helped lead the Northwest Mississippi Community College Lady Rangers to a 67-62 win over Southwest in the Coca-Cola Classic held in Summit Monday night. McChristian scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Isom had nine and eight in the victory. NWCC is now 4-0 on the year. The Rangers also grabbed a road win, defeating Co-Lin 76-66 (November 13, 2012, Page 7)