CLARKSDALE — Damian Baker’s impact was finally felt Thursday night for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers. The sophomore running back from Columbus scored three touchdowns and rushed for 198 yards on just 16 carries to help lead the Rangers to a 38-23 win over Coahoma. (September 13, 2013, Page 6A)
Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has added a NJCAA All-American center and a former Mr. Football in the state of Mississippi to the list of players who can participate in spring drills. (more…) (January 23, 2013, Page 1B)
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)
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)
SENATOBIA — Freshman Derrell Lovelady’s first career touchdown pass couldn’t have come at a better time for the No. 11 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers. (more…) (October 29, 2012, Page 4B)
COLUMN: Saturday is the annual homecoming football game at Northwest Mississippi Community College. The No. 11 Rangers have already garnered a spot in the MACJC playoffs as the No. 2 seed and posted yet another successful campaign under coach Ricky Woods regardless of what happens against No. 19 Jones, Saturday’s opponent, and another opponent from the South Division in the first round. (more…) (October 26, 2012, Page 7A)