BOONEVILLE, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College football team survived a scare from Coahoma Community College and pulled off a 13-10 victory on Thursday, October 15 at Tiger Stadium.
It was Northeast's first homecoming victory in three seasons. The Tigers also moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
Weather conditions deteriorated at halftime and aided the visiting Tigers. Both teams combined for only 61 yards of offense in the second half.
Northeast's 10-0 lead vanished in the third quarter after Coahoma's Zacchaeus Burnett recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and Noah Sisk drilled a 25-yard field goal.
However, Northeast's special teams unit ended up being the game changer. Kris Sides recovered a muffed punt by the Tigers to give the home team the ball at the 4-yard line.
John Ellis Murrah cashed in on the turnover four plays later with a 20-yard field goal through a driving rain. Northeast's defense got two more turnovers on downs to secure the triumph.
Murrah gave the Tigers an early 3-0 advantage on a 22-yard field goal. Kevin Hurley found Andison Coby for a 16-yard touchdown for Northeast's other first half score.
The Tigers had only 142 yards of offense on the night, but balanced that by forcing six Coahoma (1-1, 1-1) turnovers. Hurley had 97 passing yards while Shawn Dalton Weatherbee totaled 46 yards on the ground.
Northeast plays its home finale next Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. against Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Northeast 13, Coahoma 10
Coahoma 0 0 10 0 - 10
Northeast 3 7 0 3 - 13
NE - John Ellis Murrah 22 FG, 5:56.
NE - Andison Coby 16 pass from Kevin Hurley (Murrah kick), 11:38.
CCC - Zacchaeus Burnett 0 fumble recovery (Noah Sisk kick), 10:34.
CCC - Sisk 25 FG, 5:36.
NE - Murrah 20 FG, 3:59.
Records: Coahoma 1-1 (1-1), Northeast 3-0 (3-0).