The 2017 Eagle football team stayed undefeated (4-0) Thursday night as they beat Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (3-2) 28-21, snapping the streak of 12 consecutive losses to MGCCC.
Following the big victory, Head coach Larry Williams proudly stated “That was a great win, that was a program changer right there.”
The Eagle defensive set the tone on the first play of the game when sophomore safety, Deveon Ball (Macon) intercepted the MGCCC pass to give the Eagle offense good field position. After Hinds turned the ball over on downs, the Eagle defense responded quickly forcing a fumble that was recovered by none other than Ball. This time the Eagle offense would capitalize when freshman quarterback, Tylan Morton (Griffin, Ga.) connected with sophomore wide receiver, Stephen Guidry (New Roads, La.) for 33 yards to give Hinds a 7-0 lead with 8:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Following another big defensive stand, Hinds offense took over on their own one-yard line. The difficult field position did not deter the Eagles as they marched 99 yards in :53 seconds, capped off by a 54-yard touchdown run by Dallas Sims (Buckatunna).
MGCCC answered with a long drive of their own, finishing with a three-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-7 with 13:53 remaining in the second quarter.
The Eagle offense would punch right back when freshman quarterback, Eric Clark (Kemper), scrambled 56 yards into the end zone making it 21-7.
MGCCC then counterpunched with a 33-yard touchdown run minimizing the deficit to 21-14 with 11:33 remaining in the half.
Morton, however, delivered the final blow when he hit sophomore wide receiver, John Hightower (Landover, Md.) for 21 yards to expand the Eagle lead to 28-14 to head into the half.
That lead would stand as the Eagle defense made big stop after big stop holding the MGCCC offense to just 128 yards and seven points in the second half to secure the 28-21 victory.
The Eagle offense ran for 213 yards and threw for 239 yards for a total of 452 yards.
The Eagle defense forced two turnovers, four punts, and allowed just 86 total passing yards from MGCCC.
The Eagles will look to stay undefeated as they take on Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the road at H.L. Stone Stadium next Thursday, Oct. 5th, at 7 p.m.
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