The Eagles knew they would be in for a test as the Indians of Itawamba Community College came to town with a 1-0 record after defeating preseason South Division Champion, Mississippi Gulf Coast, last week.The game began with the Eagles getting a big stop after the Indians drove into Eagle territory. The Hinds offense took advantage of the stop and scored on an 80-yard drive in just five plays after Micah Zanders (Jacksonville, Fla.) kept the drive alive with his legs. Zanders hit Stephen Guidry (Livonia, La.) on a fade route for a 62-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up 6-0.
In the second quarter, the Indians caught stride and began to move the ball better with their high tempo offense. After the Indians went up 14-6, Micah Zanders caught fire and went six for seven for 65 yards on a scoring drive that was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by DeMicheal Harris (Vicksburg). Itawamba added a late touchdown and went into half leading 21-13.
Nothing would go right for the Eagles in the third quarter. The Eagles had two turnovers and had a punt blocked deep in their own territory in the third quarter. After an early turnover by the Eagles, Clint Parham (Moss Point) returned the favor by picking off a pass from Peyton Barber. The Eagles missed a 42-yard field goal to end the drive. Itawamba then marched the ball 75 yards on 11 plays to go up 28-13. After a three and out by the Eagle offense, the Indians struck again on an 82-yard touchdown pass to go up 35-13. The Eagles could never regain momentum and the final score read, Itawamba 45 Hinds 20.
The Eagle offense was paced by Stephen Guidry. The freshman wide receiver had seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. Micah Zanders had 204 yards of total offense. On defense, Kevin Ratliff (Canton) had 12 tackles for the Eagles to the lead the way.
Next week, Hinds (0-2) will go on the road to face Southwest Community College (1-1) in Summit, MS at 7:00 pm in a South Division matchup.
As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC