On a brisk fall evening in Senatobia, Mississippi, the 4th Northwest Rangers welcomed the ICC Indians to town. ICC jumped out on the Rangers 10-0 to start the game with a little flare of their own. Northwest responded by torching ICC for 28 unanswered in the first half before taking a 28-10 lead to the break. The Northwest Rangers might have started slow, but ICC had no answer for the Rangers’ depth.
Northwest got the ball to start the second half with all the momentum from the previous half and imposed their will on the Indians early on by scoring a touchdown to extend the Rangers’ lead to 35-10 with a little over ten minutes remaining in the third quarter.
On their first possession from the break, Northwest forced ICC to punt, setting up another Rangers scoring drive. Northwest started the second possession of the second half on the 35-yard line before marching down the field to take a 42-10 lead. Northwest seemed to have put the nail in the ICC coffin on the second drive of the second half. Northwest adds another touchdown with 7:57 remaining in the game to extend the lead to the final score of 49-10.
Much like the first half, the second was the same story played by a different fiddle. Northwest was the more talented, deep, and well-rounded team. To put it simply, Northwest is just that much better of a team.
Coach Benjy Parker has an excellent ball club at Northwest that many across Juco Football expect to compete for another National Championship. Northwest last won the National Championship back in 2020 when the Rangers finished the season undefeated. With the win over ICC on Thursday night, the Rangers extend their winning streak over the Indians to three games. Also, with their win over ICC on Thursday night, the Rangers improved their overall record of 4-0 to remain unbeaten.
Northwest will travel to Scooba, Mississippi, next to take on East Mississippi in a highly anticipated matchup between two Juco powerhouses in Mississippi. Last year, East Mississippi fell short to Northwest in a thriller by a score of 30-21. This year will be no different; Northwest and East Mississippi will be ranked inside the top 10 and will likely be a preview of what could come in the MACCC Playoffs.