Sometimes, it is best to have a short memory. The Independence Community College Pirates look to have already put last week's 70-21 defeat at home to Iowa Western behind them, and have started their season anew. ICC traveled to Ft Scott on Saturday, September 2 and picked up their first victory of 2017 with a 30-16 win.
Second year Pirate Head Coach Jason Brown knew that his team had this kind of performance inside, he was just waiting for the team to believe it as well. Indy played better in just about every facet of the game, and that was evident in the final score.
It will also show up in the stat sheet, where the Pirates ran the ball much better than in week one and got quarterback Malik Henry into a rhythm. Henry respond by scoring once on the ground and again through the air, connecting with wideout Calvin Jackson with under ten minutes to play that basically put the dagger into the home team. Running back Jamal Scott picked up 97 yards on the ground and added a couple of scoring runs from one yard out.
Coach Brown explained the biggest difference between the first game at home and the first win of the season on the road Saturday night, "We just showed up…last week was a little bit of a reality check, but we settled down this week. The defense played lights out…I think we forced six turnovers and only turned it over once ourselves. This season, we have new coaches, new players, and we're still trying to learn each other."
Not one to be satisfied after just one win, Brown and the Pirates are already looking ahead to next week, a big home game against defending NJCAA National Champion Garden City. "We're getting better as a team, we'll get back to work tomorrow and hopefully get the next win and then our bye week…but we gotta act like we've been here before, that's why we Expect to WIN," the Pirate Coach added.
Article courtesy of Independence Daily Reporter