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JUCO football roundup: Hinds wins fourth in a row; Holmes beats EMCC for first time since 2005

RAYMOND — This is quickly turning into a heck of a year for Hinds Community College’s football team.

Elijah Walker completed 20 of 28 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and Don Ragsdale added 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as the sixth-ranked Eagles beat Copiah-Lincoln 35-21 on Thursday for their fourth consecutive victory.

Hinds jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Co-Lin as Walker hit Javon Antonio for a 23-yard touchdown and Ragsdale scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.

The teams traded scores in the third quarter until Walker hit Traveyon Craig for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 3:28 left to give Hinds a 35-21 lead.

The defense, which registered six sacks — two each by Amos Robinson, Jaylen Heffner and Chris Blair — locked it down from there.

Hinds (6-1, 3-1 MACJC South) can win the MACJC South Division championship and earn home field advantage in the state playoffs by winning its last two games.

Hinds goes on the road next week to play East Central Community College in a big MACJC South matchup. It then finishes the regular season at home against No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Co-Lin (3-4, 1-3 MACJC South) lost its fourth consecutive game. The last three have been against teams ranked in the top 10 of the NJCAA national poll.

Danny Clark completed 20 of 32 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns for Co-Lin, but the Wolves had 16 rushing yards as a team.

Holmes 49, East Mississippi 42
Holmes Community College (3-4, 3-1 MACJC North) piled up 420 rushing yards and used two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat No. 8 East Mississippi (4-3, 2-2).

It was Holmes’ first win over the defending NJCAA national champions since 2005. It has also beaten No. 2 Northwest Mississippi this season and is in control of its fate for the MACJC North championship.

Dylan Kelly ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries for Holmes.

Martavius Dill broke off a 66-yard TD run and Kelly a 50-yard TD run to give the Bulldogs a 49-42 lead near the end of a back-and-forth game.

Gulf Coast 25, East Central 5
No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (7-0, 4-0 MACJC South) totaled 260 rushing yards, including 157 and a touchdown from Austin Bolton, to beat East Central Community College (4-3, 3-1) and take sole possession of first place in the MACJC South Division.

Chance Loveritch threw three touchdown passes for Gulf Coast, including two to Jymetre Hester.

The Bulldogs ran 50 times for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Bolton averaged nearly 7.5 a pop.

East Central only had 162 total yards and eight first downs. Former Port Gibson star Myron Stewart had an interception for Gulf Coast.

Northwest Mississippi 54, Coahoma 18
Jaquerrious Williams rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns on only 15 carries to lead No. 2 Northwest Mississippi (6-1, 3-1 MACJC North) to a rout of Coahoma Community College.

Itawamba 41, Mississippi Delta 7
Jamarcus Quarles and Hiram Wadlington each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Itawamba Community College (3-4, 3-2 MACJC North) to an easy win over Mississippi Delta.

R.J. Wilson added a 92-yard touchdown run for Itawamba.

Jones 35, Northeast Mississippi 3
Ladamian Webb ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, Kalyn Grandberry added 149 yards and one score, and Jones College (5-2) crushed Northeast Mississippi (3-4).

The Bobcats totaled 334 rushing yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry.

Jones quarterback Fred Barnum, a former Warren Central star, was 11-of-22 passing for 100 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Defensive back Roderick Hicks, a former Vicksburg High star, had three tackles for Jones and punter Greg Hayden — another former VHS star — averaged 39.8 yards on four kicks.

Northeast Mississippi finished with 190 yards of total offense and its three quarterbacks were sacked six times.