Hinds Community College lived up to its national ranking as the No. 20 Eagles cruised to a 48-14 victory over East Central Community College Thursday, Sept. 26 at Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond campus.
EC’s Warriors fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in division play following the MACJC South Division matchup, while Hinds improved to 3-2 and 1-2.
The Eagles led 28-0 at halftime and held a 34-0 third-quarter advantage when East Central tallied its first points of the night on sophomore running back Martin’s Johnson’s 27-yard scamper with six seconds remaining in the stanza. Johnson’s score capped a six-play, 45-yard drive and provided the first score of the season for the Nanih Waiya High School product. Sophomore kicker Austin Franklin of Petal added the PAT.
East Central’s other score came with 4:54 left in the contest, when freshman quarterback Jacori Taylor and freshman wide receiver Jimmy Cockrell hooked up on a 19-yard scoring pass play, capping a seven play, 38-yard march set up by a Hinds fumble during a punt attempt. Taylor is a product of Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., and Cockrell hails from Columbus High School. Franklin added the PAT.
Hinds took control early in the contest on Gregory Foster’s four-yard TD run and Diante Thomas’ 12-yard touchdown strike to Desmond Anderson during first-period action. Joseph Houston booted both PATs.
The Eagles extended their lead in the second period on Tommy McCalpin’s three-yard run and Thomas’ 27-yard TD toss to Robert Lockhart. Houston kicked the PAT following McCalpin’s score but his attempt was blocked by the Warriors following the scoring pass play.
Hinds extended its lead to 34-0 on Foster’s second tally, a one-yard run midway in the third stanza. Houston added the PAT.
Foster added a third tally on his 11-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Houston’s PAT stretched the Eagle advantage to 41-7.
The game’s final points came on McCalpin’s second score, this time on a 41-yard burst to pay dirt with 1:57 left in the game.
EC’s offense was led by freshman running back Lamarcus Franks who had 20 carries for 107 yards. Franks is a product of Greene County High School.
Johnson finished with 42 yards on 11 attempts, which included his 27-yard TD run.
Freshman running back Matthew Hicks of Ocean Springs had three carries for 30 yards.
Freshman Donnie Farmer started at quarterback for the Warriors. The Harrison Central High School product completed three of seven passes for 11 yards and one interception. Farmer had four rushes for six yards.
Anthony Triplett was the Warrior signal caller for most of the second half. The freshman from Philadelphia High School completed two of six passes for 19 yards. He had nine rushes for seven yards.
Taylor finished the game and completed two of six passes for 28 yards and one interception. He had one rush for five yards.
Hakeem Parker was the top receiver with five catches for 31 yards. The sophomore wide receiver is a product of Joseph S. Clark High School in New Orleans.
Cockrell had one catch for 19 yards and a score.
Franklin averaged 40 yards on five punts.
JaDerrick Farrow led the EC defense with five tackles and two assists. The freshman defensive back is a product of Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga.
Other top tacklers were freshman linebacker Fredrick Rich of Tanner High School in Athens, Ga., four tackles, one assist; sophomore linebacker Zachery Thigpen of Laurel, three tackles and one assist; freshman defensive back Phakezian Walker of Quitman, two tackles and three assists; and freshman defensive back Darrion Burnside of Neshoba Central, two tackles and two assists.
Next up for EC is a division matchup with Jones County Junior College scheduled Thursday. October 3. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.