JUCO football roundup: Jones hands Hinds its first loss; Defenses shine for Northwest, Co-Lin, Gulf Coast
Hinds Community College and Jones College were pretty even in most statistical categories on Thursday.
The scoreboard was the only real difference, and the only one that mattered.
Ladamian Webb finished with 182 total yards — 126 rushing and 56 receiving — and scored three touchdowns as No. 18 Jones beat No. 12 Hinds 31-7. Jones scored 24 unanswered points from the final minute of the second quarter on.
“A couple plays here and there and this could have been a different ball game with a different score, but that is the MACJC. You make a mistake and teams in this league will make you pay,” Hinds head coach Larry Williams said.
Hinds finished with 374 yards of total offense, while Jones had 407. Hinds (2-1, 0-1 MACJC South) turned the ball over three times, however, while Jones did not have any turnovers. Hinds also missed two field goals, and two of its turnovers led to points for Jones (2-1, 1-0).
Webb scored Jones’ first touchdown on a 57-yard run in the first quarter, and then punched in a 4-yarder with 26 seconds left in the second. The latter gave the Bobcats a 14-7 lead at halftime, and they never trailed again.
Webb caught a 31-yard TD pass from Quaterius Hawkins with 27 seconds left in the third, and Hawkins later hit Brodie King for a 3-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter to make it 28-7.
Hawkins completed 8 of 9 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Jones’ other quarterback, former Warren Central star Fred Barnum, was 6-of-15 for 98 yards.
Defensive back Rakeim Ashford had two interceptions for Jones.
For Hinds, quarterback Elijah Walker was 7-of-16 passing for 171 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked four times.
Don Ragsdale carried the ball 26 times for 94 yards.
Hinds’ touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Walker to Javon Antonio early in the second quarter.
Hinds will host Southwest Mississippi next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Raymond.
Northwest Mississippi 33, Mississippi Delta 3
Urriah Shephard scored two touchdowns, Jack Walker completed 10 of 15 passes for 225 yards and another TD, and No. 4 Northwest Mississippi (3-0, 1-0 MACJC North) routed Mississippi Delta (0-3, 0-1).
Former Warren Central star Walt Hopson had a team-high seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, for Northwest.
Co-Lin 32, Pearl River 9
No. 11 Copiah-Lincoln (3-0, 1-0 MACJC South) rolled up 521 yards of offense and held Pearl River (1-2, 0-1) to just 72 to earn an easy win on Thursday.
Co-Lin quarterback Danny Clark completed 19 of 35 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns. Antoine Robinson caught six passes for 198 yards and two TDs, and Malik Heath caught three passes for 103 yards and two scores.
Co-Lin defensive back Lamar Gray, a former Warren Central star, had an interception.
Gulf Coast 41, Holmes 7
Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0) recorded 13 tackles for loss and held Holmes (0-3) to one passing yard as it won the battle of the Bulldogs Thursday in Goodman.
Holmes had a 66-yard run in the first quarter, and then finished with 64 total yards.
Gulf Coast quarterback Chance Loveritch was 20-of-26 passing for 322 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. The pick was returned 88 yards for a touchdown by Holmes’ Saidrick Pewitte.
Northeast Mississippi 26, Coahoma 17
Jack Mangel threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Xavier Malone, as Northeast Mississippi (2-1, 1-0 MACJC North) held off a late charge by Coahoma Community College (1-2, 0-1).
Coahoma trailed 19-3 at halftime, but scored twice in the third quarter on a pair of touchdown passes by Tahj Tolbert to get within 19-17. Northeast sealed the win with a 22-yard TD pass to Marquis Johnson in the fourth quarter.
East Central 19, Southwest Mississippi 0
East Central Community College (2-1, 1-0 MACJC South) held Southwest Mississippi (0-3, 0-1) to only four first downs and 148 total yards, recorded a safety, and earned its first shutout since 2015.
Holman Edwards threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Depodray Coburn, and J.D. Martin ran 42 yards for another TD to account for East Central’s scoring.
Martin finished with 129 rushing yards.
East Mississippi 48, Itawamba 3
Connor Neville threw three touchdown passes and No. 6 East Mississippi (2-1, 1-0 MACJC North) racked up 470 yards of total offense in the first half of a blowout win over Itawamba Community College (0-3, 0-1).
Josh Smith kicked two field goals for East Mississippi.
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