Indians fall to No. 5 Northwest in regular season finale

Indians fall to No. 5 Northwest in regular season finale

FULTON, Miss. – The ICC football team dropped its final game of the season to No. 5 Northwest Mississippi Community College, 34-7, on a rainy Sophomore Night at Eaton Field.

The Rangers (8-1, 5-1 MACJC North) took a 6-0 lead when Jerrick Reed II returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and a missed extra point attempt.

The Indians committed back-to-back penalties to move the Rangers from a fourth-and-11 punting situation to a fourth-and-one situation that Northwest converted before cashing in one a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Free to Braden Smith to take a 13-0 lead just before halftime.

Northwest got a gift when a ball in the dirt was called a tipped pass and was returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Brandin Echols to put the Rangers up 20-0 early in the third quarter. After a blocked field goal and a fumble, the Rangers added touchdown runs of 5 and 24 yards to take a 34-0 lead.

The Indians committed five turnovers on the night.

ICC got on the board on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jamel Thomas (Caledonia) from Spencer Unruh (Caledonia) to make it 34-7 with 4:28 left in the game.

The Indians had 348 yards of total offense (153 rushing, 195 passing) on the night.

Hiram Wadlington (Oxford) had a career-high 136 yards on 22 carries and two catches for 10 yards. Clark Mills (Ecru) completed 14 of 25 passes for 139 yards and a two interceptions while Unruh added 56 yards and a touchdown on 6 of 11 passing. Thomas hauled in six catches for 98 yards and a score.

Kenneth Martin (Columbus) had a season-high 13 tackles (8 solo; 5 assists) in the loss. Cortez Davis (Flowery Branch, Ga.) blocked an extra point. 

The Indians finished 5-4 on the season for the fourth-straight winning season under head coach Sean Cannon.

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