Brian Lentz: Northwest Sports Information
SENATOBIA – Northwest freshman Jaquerrious Williams stepped up in dominating fashion for the second-ranked Rangers in a 54-18 victory against Coahoma (1-6, 0-4 MACJC North) on Thursday night's Homecoming at Bobby Franklin Field.
Not only did Williams tally 100-plus yards for the first time this season, the Tupelo tailback accounted for 250 of the Rangers' 407 rushing yards on the evening, tying a single-game record of four rushing touchdowns.
Northwest (6-1, 3-1 MACJC North) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Chris Calvert capped off an opening 5-play, 45-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown scamper, giving Northwest a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest.
Williams scored the first of his four touchdowns on the Rangers' next possession, taking it in from eight yards out to cap off a 5-play, 59-yard drive. Sophomore receiver Braden Smith would then follow suit on the next drive, taking a reception from Jack Walker 61 yards down the sideline to put Northwest up 21-0 at the conclusion of the opening quarter.
Williams provided Northwest with its only score of the second quarter on a short 3-yard carry, eclipsing 100 rushing yards in the first half while giving the Rangers a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.
Although Jordan Montgomery helped Coahoma spoil the shutout with a 43-yard scoop and score early in the second half, Northwest quickly responded with a 6-play, 66-yard drive that yielded a 22-yard score from Williams to make it a 35-6 advantage with 12:18 left in the third quarter.
After another empty possession by the Tigers' offense, Northwest took just one play on its next possession as Walker connected with Drew Dabney on a 66-yard touchdown reception to extend the Rangers' advantage to 42-6.
Coahoma responded yet again on its next possession with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Josh Stevenson but De Mays made sure the Rangers didn't come up empty-handed, intercepting the two-point conversion attempt and taking it 98 yards down the field for two points the other way, allowing Northwest to widen the gap at 44-12.
Perhaps the most electric play of the night came with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter as Williams rumbled, bumbled and stumbled his way through and around Coahoma defenders for a 69-yard Ranger touchdown, further adding to the Northwest advantage at 51-12.
Cole Catalano's 25-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the third instilled a permanent running clock the rest of the way, as the Rangers came away with their 10th straight victory against the Tigers, improving the all-time series record to 43-2.
In addition to Williams' career night, Walker also finished 9-of-19 for 222 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Smith led the receiving corps with three grabs for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Kevin Smith led the way with six total tackles and a fumble recovery, while Cam White and Jarvis Townsend combined for 10 tackles on the evening.
in all, Northwest accrued a season-high 649 yards of total offense, surpassing last week's total of 572 yards set against East Mississippi.
Northwest will now turn its attention to Thursday, Oct. 17 as the Rangers travel to Northeast for their final regular season road trip. Kickoff from Tiger Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. with a live broadcast at nwccrangers.com/watch.