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Courtesy of Northwest Mississippi CC Athletics

MOORHEAD – Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns in only three quarters and the Northwest defense held Mississippi Delta to 80 total yards as the Rangers rolled to a 40-0 win Saturday afternoon at J.T. Randall Stadium.

Northwest, ranked 3rd nationally, posted its first shutout since 2011 in improving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in division play. Delta dropped to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the north.

Northwest wasted little time taking control of the game, driving 53 yards on just four plays on its opening drive, capped by Justin Crawford‘s 3-yard touchdown run. Minshew was 2-for-2 on the drive, hitting Marquisian Chapman and Jacob McCrary for 24 and 31 yards.

After a 42-yard field goal from Jim Speights to close out the first, Northwest tacked on two more scores in the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead at the half. Minshew hit Tyrique Armstrong for a 51-yard touchdown down the sideline, the first of his Ranger career, before a 3-yard connection with Chapman.

Northwest outgained Delta 353-34 in the first half but turned the ball over three times while driving in Trojan territory.

The Rangers scored on their first four possessions of the second half and quickly put the game out of reach, 40-0.

Northwest’s opening drive covered 78 yards on 16 plays, capped by Crawford’s 5-yard touchdown run. It marked Crawford’s 28th career touchdown (24 rushing, four receiving), tying John Avery’s record set in 1994-95.

Max Joseph added his second rushing touchdown of the season and Speights connected on his NJCAA-tying 13th field goal of the year to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.

The Rangers piled up 556 total yards, with 366 through the air and 190 on the ground. Crawford finished with 114 yards rushing and two scores, his 9th consecutive game over 100 yards. Joseph carried it 17 times for 72 yards and a score. Chapman posted his third 100-yard receiving game, with eight grabs for 102 yards, while Alex Norwood had seven catches for 74 yards and Armstrong added four grabs for 92 yards.

The defense allowed just 80 yards with six sacks and held the Trojans to just 1-of-12 on third down. Wesley Bush had a team-high seven tackles in his first career start, followed by K.T. McCollin with six. Quondarius Qualls had five tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss.

Northwest travels to No. 6 East Mississippi (6-1, 4-0) on Thursday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Sullivan-Windham Field. Tune in at or listen at or on the TuneIn app (Kool 107).

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