Hinds knocks off Co-Lin

Published 1:28 am Friday, October 7, 2016

Hinds Community College’s offense is still struggling. For one night, at least, it found a work around.

Hinds jumped out to an early 10-point lead, held Copiah-Lincoln to 148 rushing yards, and won 17-14 Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Other than a 27-0 win over Southwest Mississippi on Sept. 15, Hinds (2-4, 2-2 MACJC South) had not scored more than 20 points or given up less than 34 in any game this season.

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On Thursday, the Eagles’ defense finally clicked. It held Co-Lin to four conversions on 14 third-down attempts and had six tackles for loss. Kevin Ratliff and Nic Chatman each had nine tackles, and Deveon Ball had two interceptions.

Hinds got an early touchdown runby Devante Scott and stretched its lead to 10-0 on Spencer Cole’s 37-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Co-Lin (3-3, 2-2) got on the board with a touchdown pass from Dominic DeLira to DeAndre Barnes with 57 seconds left in the first half.

Hinds pushed the lead back to 10 points with freshman Desmond Hunter’s 43-yard TD pass to John Hightower midway through the third quarter. Hunter was starting in place of Micah Zanders, who was benched earlier in the week.

Co-Lin answered with a short touchdown run from Ladarius Galloway to get back within 17-14 with 13:56 left in the game, but Hinds’ defense stiffened and held the line the rest of the way.

Co-Lin punted on its next possession and DeLira was intercepted by Ball with five minutes left.

Southwest 31, Pearl River 21

Neil McLaurin threw three touchdown passes and ran for 90 yards and a touchdown as Southwest Mississippi (2-4, 1-2 MACJC South) beat Pearl River Community College (1-5, 1-2).

Former St. Aloysius star Casey Griffith kicked a 37-yard field goal for Southwest’s last three points.

Gulf Coast 42, Mississippi Delta 0

Six different players scored touchdowns for Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-3), which posted its second straight shutout. Gulf Coast held the Trojans to 100 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.

East Central 37, Jones Co. 24

East Central Community College scored two defensive touchdowns, and Dom Marino threw two touchdown passes in an upset of No. 8 Jones County (4-2, 1-2 MACJC South).

Jones County battled back from a 27-point deficit to get within 30-24, and had the ball deep in East Central territory with less than a minute to go. The Bobcats fumbled, however, and Ja’Mario Craft returned it 85 yards for the clinching touchdown.

Mason Blocker threw for 472 yards and two touchdowns for Jones County.

East Mississippi 63, Holmes 49

Holmes Community College running back Antavius Moody scored three touchdowns, and Matt Fuller rushed for 168 yards and a score, but the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-2 MACJC North) lost a slugfest with No. 5 East Mississippi (5-1, 4-0).