Northwest Falls to Southwest in 2013 Season-Opener
August 30, 2013By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SENATOBIA – After jumping out to an early 15-0 lead behind a pair of scores from sophomore D'Montrise Swinney and a safety, visiting Southwest rallied for 19 unanswered points and shutout Northwest in the second half as they knocked off the Rangers in the 2013 season-opener, 19-15.
Northwest had won four consecutive openers dating back to 2009.
Despite outgaining the Bears 366-237 on the night, Northwest was just 1-for-4 in the red zone with two special teams miscues and a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter.
Joshua Barry setup the Rangers' first score of the season when he picked off Jamil Golden and returned it to the Southwest 23-yard line. Karsten Millet then connected with D'Montrise Swinney three plays later from 20 yards out for a 7-0 lead. A safety on the ensuing kickoff made it 9-0 Northwest after one quarter.
The best drive of the night, a 10-play, 84-yard drive, stretched the Northwest lead to 15-0 with 10:08 left in the second and Miller again connected with Swinney, this time from 30 yards, for the touchdown.
Southwest looked to have its first score of the night on the ensuing possession, but Chris Jones fumbled into the end zone for a touchback which was recovered by Terrell White.
Jones and the Bears made up for the turnover just 4:49 later, when the freshman scored from 14 yards out to make it 15-7 at the half. The drive went 52 yards on eight plays over 3:01.
Southwest quickly pulled within 15-13 on its first possession of the second half, driving 65 yards on 11 plays. Jones moved the Bears down the field on the ground with six carries for 33 yards and Golden connected with him from 19 yards out on 3rd-and-16.
Northwest's second drive of the second half was all for naught, as Matt Bratton missed a 30-yard field goal attempt on a lengthy 14-play, 68-yard drive over 8:44.
The Bears then took their first lead of the night at the 10:19-mark of the fourth quarter when Tim Lewis picked off Miller's pass and returned it 71 yards for the eventual game-winning score.
Northwest's last drive of the night was another extended one, covering 61 yards on 17 plays over 8:57, but again the Rangers came up short with no points after 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Miller went 5-for-8 on the drive and hit Kentrell Spencer with a swing pass that appeared to be the go-ahead score, but the official ruled him down despite Spencer never touching the ground and rolling over the top of the defender.
Miller finished the night 17-of-30 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Damian Baker rushed a career-high 27 times for 143 yards. Swinney was the team's leading receiver, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards and two first-half touchdowns.
Southwest was led offensively by Jones who rushed 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. Golden was 10-for18 for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Alec Michael and C.J. O'Quin each had 10 tackles for their respective teams.
Northwest will return to action next Thursday night in Senatobia against No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field.
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