Rangers Race Past Tigers, 51-14
Updated: October 26, 2015
SENATOBIA – Northwest jumped out to a commanding 30-0 lead after a quarter of play and never looked back in a 51-14 win over Coahoma Thursday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
Ranked sixth nationally, Northwest improved to 8-1 overall and finished as runner-up in the north at 5-1 in division play. Coahoma ended the season winless at 0-9 and 0-6.
Northwest scored touchdowns on each of its first six drives, taking the opening kickoff and traveling 70 yards in 10 plays for an early 7-0 lead. Gardner Minshew connected on six of his first eight passes, moving the Rangers down the field to setup an 8-yard touchdown run by Justin Crawford.
Max Joseph followed with a 1-yard touchdown run and Crawford scored from 53 yards out before Aleck Hobson’s blocked punt led to a 23-0 lead. Northwest took the ensuing kickoff back to the Coahoma 11-yard line after KyKy Austin’s 53-yard return. Austin scored two plays later with a one-handed grab from Minshew.
Northwest forced its second turnover of the night on CCC’s opening possession of the second quarter, with Kris Reliford intercepting Dominic Marino and returning it to the goal line. Reliford fumbled it at the 1-yard line and it was recovered by D’Andre Brown in the end zone for a 44-0 lead at the half.
Late in the third quarter, after a punt block by Austin setup Northwest at CCC’s 34-yard line, Shea Chism hit the freshman a play later for a 34-yard score and 51-0 lead.
Coahoma added a pair of late touchdowns on an 86-yard punt return by Greg Johnson and 39-yard touchdown pass from Rodney English to Devonta Jones. A running clock was in effect for the entire second half.
Northwest’s defense held Coahoma to 98 total yards, racking up 10 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and three interceptions. David Herrington had a team-high six tackles, a sack and pass breakup.
Minshew finished 16-for-20 for 182 yards and a touchdown in a little over a quarter of work. Chism was 7-for-10 for 73 yards, a touchdown and interception. Nine different Rangers caught a pass, with Titus Ivory hauling in six for 46 yards. Austin had two catches for 41 yards and two scores.
Northwest will travel to Gulf Coast (6-2) on Saturday, Oct. 31 for a 2 p.m. kick in the MACJC state semifinals. The Rangers defeated the Bulldogs 26-10 earlier this season in Senatobia.
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