BOONEVILLE — It took some last minute magic, but Northeast Mississippi Community College has won its third consecutive game over archrival Itawamba Community College.
The Tigers completed a come-from-behind effort to down the visiting Indians 31-17 on Thursday, September 30 at Tiger Stadium.
Northeast did not lead in the game until 11 seconds remaining. On 3rd down and 20 yards to go, Carter Putt (Heritage Academy) found Dallas Payne (St. Stanislaus) for a 30-yard touchdown to push the Tigers ahead 24-17.
The Tigers sealed the victory with a 37-yard pick-six by Tony Washington (Horn Lake) with just one second to go in the contest. It was the second straight year that Washington had an interception return for a touchdown against Itawamba.
The Indians (1-4, 0-2) scored the first 14 points of the contest after touchdown runs of one and six yards by RJ Wilson and Jamal Brooks.
John Ellis Murrah (Corinth) got Northeast (1-4, 1-1) on the board with 1:19 remaining before halftime with a 30-yard field goal.
JT Moore (Northside) capped a 9-play, 72-yard drive to begin the second half with a five-yard touchdown run. The Tigers also scored later in the third quarter on a 40-yard pass from Putt to Mondrel Boykins (Rosa Fort).
Putt had a career-high 286 yards through the air on 19 of 37 passing. Caleb Anderson (Brandon) was his top target with seven receptions for 98 yards.
Northeast had several standouts on the defensive side of the football. Carter Bonds (Corinth) tied for a game-high 10 tackles while Jamarcus Smith (Saltillo) and Cedric Hillsman (Fort Valley, Ga.) had nine and eight stops apiece.
Deidrick Orange (Senatobia) was credited with six tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Tigers hit the road for their lone weekend game of the season next Saturday (October 9) by visiting East Mississippi Community College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Scooba.