ELLISVILLE - The Hinds Community College Eagles were set back Thursday evening (Sept. 12) by the Jones College (JC) Bobcats, who won the top 20 matchup 31-7.
While the score may show otherwise, the Eagles and Bobcats finished the game neck and neck, statistically speaking. Hinds finished with 374 yards of total offense (190 rushing, 184 passing) and 19 first downs. Jones finished with 407 yards of total offense (214 rushing, 183 passing) and 20 first downs. Both teams also had 70 yards worth of penalties.
The biggest discrepancies were Hinds turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and one fumble) and missed three fields while Jones had zero turnovers. Jones was able to capitalize on two of the turnovers by scoring a touchdown and connecting on a field goal.
"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," said third-year head coach Larry Williams.
The Bobcats initiated the scoring 10 minutes into the first quarter when they capped off a three-play 80-yard drive with a 57-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles would answer back just three minutes into the second quarter when quarterback Elijah Walker (Amite, LA) found Javon Antonio (New Orleans, LA) in the end zone from five yards out. The touchdown capped off a seven-play 80-yard drive and tied up the game at seven a piece.
Unfortunately, that is all the Eagles would manage to score despite putting great drives together the remainder of the game.
The Bobcats would go on to close out the first half with a four-yard touchdown run which gave them a 14-7 lead at halftime. The second half was all Jones as they went on to score 17 unanswered points on two passing touchdowns (31-yards and 5-yards) and one 27-yard field goal which solidified the 31-7 victory.
Hinds, however, did manage to put together some quality individual performances. Sophomore running back Don Ragsdale (Pisgah) continued to be a work horse as he rushed 25 times for 95 yards. Freshman running back Robert Jackson (Lexington) put his speed on display as he rushed 10 times for 87 yards including a 55-yard run. Also, sophomore wide receiver Javon Antonio tallied two receptions for 19 yards and one touchdown.
"We need to band together and have a great week of preparation leading into our game against Southwest next week. It is a big MACJC South Division game at home and we want to invite all our fans to pack out our stadium," said Williams.
The No. 12 ranked Eagles (2-1, 0-1) will look to rebound next Thursday when they face off against the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears (0-3, 0-1) at home in Raymond. The MACJC South Division game is scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m.
BY: Hinds CC Athletics