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By LEE ADAMS
SCOOBA â€“ The East Mississippi Community College Lions scored 38 first-quarter points and that proved to be too much for Itawamba to overcome.
The fourth-ranked Lions started Thursday night's North Division showdown on a 38-0 run sealing their win over the Indians by halftime. The Indians were able to get on the board in the second half, but the Lions picked up the 48-7 win, improving to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
"Our defense started the game playing a little passive," said EMCC head coach Buddy Stevens. "Offensively, we were pretty sharp even though we dropped some passes and made some bad reads early on."
The offense was definitely sharp as they out-gained ICC 565-188 in total yardage. Freshman quarterback Bo Wallace picked apart the Indian defense as he finished the night 28-37 for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Rodriguez Moore was the Lions leading rusher with 87 yards on on 11 carries and had two touchdowns. Starkville native Billy Shed started the second half at running back and ran for two touchdowns of his own.
"The line blocked really good and opened lanes and I run through them," said Shed. "I told them if they opened the lanes and make them look good, I'll make you look good."
Shed's two touchdowns are the first of his college career and one came late in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run, and the other came through the air in the second quarter from 15 yards out.
"It felt good to get my first college touchdowns," said Shed. "I have to thank the line, they made the openings and I just did what I had to do."
Shed is happy with his performance but knows there is still a lot of work to do this season.
"I have to watch film, fix my mistakes and work hard," said Shed.
Fellow Starkville native and ICC kicker Will Goodwin had a big night for the Indians as well. Goodwin had six punts in the game for 245 yards, averaging 40.8 yards per punt and he seemed to be the highlight of the Indians.Â
"I think tonight you saw a gap between where we're at and the No. 4 team in the nation," said ICC head coach Jon Williams. "Give them a lot of credit, they are a really good football team and we just didn't measure up tonight."
The Lions will try to remain undefeated next week as they host Coahoma next Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Indians are also at home against Delta on October 1. Kickoff for the Indians homecoming will be at 5 p.m.