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Northwest Blanks Coahoma 34-0 to Stay Unbeaten

Turner Rotenberry had four tackles, a forced fumble and interception in Saturday's win. Photo by JUCOWeekly.org.
Turner Rotenberry had four tackles, a forced fumble and interception in Saturday’s win. Photo by JUCOWeekly.org.

Northwest built a three touchdown lead at the half and put the game out of reach with Ahmad Alexander’s 13-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter to shutout Coahoma 34-0 on HomecomingSaturday afternoon.

Northwest improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the division, extending its winning streak to 10 games dating back to last season. Coahoma fell to 0-6 and 0-3 in the north.

After coming up empty on their first possession with a 27-yard missed field goal, KyKy Austin’s 12-yard touchdown reception from Clay Holgorsen gave the Rangers a 6-0 lead after one quarter.

Tywun Walters’ first of two rushing touchdowns on the day, a 2-yard score to cap a 9-play, 78-yard drive, extended Northwest’s lead to 13-0, and Quarderman Sloan’s 8-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining in the half made it 20-0 Rangers at the break.

It was a dominating first 30 minutes for the Northwest defense, allowing only 86 total yards – 61 coming on the Tigers’ final drive of the second quarter. The unit added 8.0 tackles-for-loss, six breakups and three sacks in the half.

Northwest’s second drive of the third quarter resulted in another Ranger touchdown. After taking over at the Coahoma 49-yard line, a heavy dose of Walters and Sloan capped a 10-play drive that ended on a 3-yard Walters touchdown run.

Less than 2 minutes later, on 4th-and-9 at the Tigers’ own 26-yard line, Coahoma punter Ridge Simmerman held the ball too long and was hit by Leon Cunningham III and fumbled. Alexander alertly scooped and scored from 13 yards out to extend the Northwest lead to 34-0.

That would be the final score of the afternoon, as Northwest would salt away the final 18 minutes to stay unbeaten. The Rangers missed three field goals on the day and fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, leaving another 16 points on the field.

Northwest had a balanced offensive attack, rushing for 190 yards and throwing for 168, while holding the Tigers to 175 total yards.

Walters rushed for 131 yards and two scores, his third straight 100-yard rushing game, while Sloan added 52 yards on the ground and a score. Holgorsen threw for 155 yards and a score, hitting Austin a team-high seven times for 69 yards.

Fred Garth Jr. led all Rangers with eight tackles, followed by Mike McGhee with seven and Adonis Thomas and Hal Northern with six. Wesley Bush and Turner Rotenberry had an interception apiece, giving the Rangers nine on the season.

Northwest will travel to 5th-ranked East Mississippi (5-1, 4-0) on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 2 p.m. kickoff on the Lions’ homecoming.

The game will be carried live on www.nwccrangers.com/watch and Kool 107 (106.9 FM) and live stats will also be available at sidearmstats.com/northwestms/football.

Courtesy of Kevin Maloney and NWCC

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