October 2, 2013 10:27:25 PM
In the national spotlight tonight will be the Itawamba Community College football program.
Off to a 5-0 start for the first time in school history, fourth-ranked Itawamba takes on No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium in Wesson.
While tonight's contest will have no impact on the North Division race for Itawamba, it will have a huge impact on the national championship race.
ICC moved from seventh to fourth after last week's 27-21 win over Northwest Mississippi Community College.
"I'm proud for the guys for being honored with this ranking," ICC fourth-year coach Jon Williams said. "It's a testimony of all the hard work that has not only gone into the season, but also previous seasons that helped lay the ground work for us to be a successful football program."
With four weeks left in the regular season, a national ranking is indeed precious, especially when it comes in the Top Five.
Also tonight, second-ranked East Mississippi Community College looks to protect its 5-0 start with a North Division contest at Holmes Community College.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Branch Stadium in Goodman.
EMCC moved from third to second with last week's 90-7 Homecoming win over Coahoma Community College.
Holmes is 1-4, while Co-Lin is 4-1, making the Itawamba challenge much steeper.
"We will have to be at our best come Thursday night," Williams said. "Co-Lin is an extremely good football team and they'll be hungry for a win after coming off a hard-fought loss."
Co-Lin saw a slight dent in its national title hopes with last week's 50-47 loss at Jones Junior College.
Scott is sports copy editor and reporter
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