NWCC Rangers set for season finale against Northeast

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers will close out their season by hosting the Northeast Tigers Saturday, Oct. 24 for Homecoming at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia. Kick off is set for 2 p.m., with live radio coverage provided by WTNM SuperTalk 105.5 FM. The game can also be heard live at www.northwestms.edu.

For the first time in four seasons, Northwest will not be advancing to the state playoffs. The Rangers were eliminated from post-season play after Coahoma defeated Itawamba 30-20 Thursday night ending Northwest’s streak of three consecutive playoff berths.

The Rangers, 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the MACJC north division, will try to end the 2009 season on a positive note and earn some momentum headed into next year against a Northeast squad that is 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the division.

Northwest has won the last three meetings with the Tigers, including a 5-28 victory last season in Booneville. The Rangers own a record of 30-8-2 against Northeast since 1969.

Ranger quarterback Casey Weston has a chance to break some school records in the Homecoming contest. Weston, a sophomore from Prattville, Ala., needs seven pass attempts to become Northwest’s career leader in that category. Weston already holds the school record  with 373 completions in his career.

Weston, who leads the nation averaging 323 passing yards per game, can leap Bryan Sparacino for third on the school’s career passing list. Weston needs 256  yards to accomplish that feat. He has thrown for 4,656 and 40 touchdowns in his two years at Northwest.

Weston hope to move up in the record books by throwing to his favorite target— sophomore Michael Lindsey of St. Petersburg, Fla. Lindsey has 45 receptions for 939 yards and an NJCAA -leading 12 touchdowns. Lindsey can become the eighth Northwest player in school history to rack up 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Defensively, the Rangers will have to concentrate on stopping Northeast tailback Jeremy Cannon. Cannon is second in the state in rushing with 122.1 yards per game.

Northwest will counter with linebacker Desley Brown of Holly Springs who leads the team with 63 tackles, while linebacker John Knox of Statesboro, Ga., has 55.

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