MOORHEAD, Miss. — Northeast quarterback Kevin Hurley, the former Walnut Wildcat, completed 20-34 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 87 yards and another TD to lead the Tigers from a 17-0 deficit to a 40-23 MACCC North Division win over Mississippi Delta on Friday.
The home-standing Trojans, playing their first game of the shortened season, raced to the 17-point advantage out of the gates before Northeast responded with 19 unanswered points, closing the first half with a safety, a field goal and a Hurley TD pass to Coby Andison to take a 19-17 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers defense allowed Delta quarterback Jordan Gilleylen to complete 22-34 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns but the Trojans ground game couldn’t move the ball against a stout Northeast defensive wall that surrendered just 32 rushing yards on 34 attempts.
The Tigers (2-0) also received solid contributions from former Thrasher standout Shawn Dalton Weatherbee and former Corinth kicking specialist John Ellis Murrah. Weatherbee turned into a receiver Friday, catching five passes for 104 yards with a touchdown while adding 15 yards rushing while Murrah converted all five of his extra point attempts as well as a 33-yard field goal shortly before halftime.
Andison also eclipsed the 100-yard plateau receiving, hauling in three receptions for 111 yards with all three catches going for touchdowns.
Northeast will return home Thursday as they host Coahoma. It will be homecoming for the Tigers with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.