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Hinds CC football falters in second half to East Central
 September 30, 2012

RAYMOND – After taking a 21-6 lead into halftime, things were looking up for the Hinds Community College football team on Saturday, but the Eagles were held scoreless in the second half and fell, 26-21, at the hands of East Central Community College on Homecoming in Decatur.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the South division and marks the first time since 2009 that Hinds has fallen below the .500 mark. The win for East Central moves them to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the South division.

East Central struck first on a Brock Hall five-yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the first quarter, but a missed extra point only left the Warriors up, 6-0.

Hinds quarterback Christopher Nelson (Theodore, Ala.) quickly put the Eagles on top on the next drive, as he hooked up with Quantavius Leslie (Hogansville, Ga.) on a 58-yard touchdown strike. The Tyler Poe (Pearl) point after gave Hinds the 7-6 lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter.

Nelson would continue the offensive surge later in the half when he found Keithon Redding (Decatur, Ga.) on a 23-yard completion for a touchdown. Poe’s PAT was good and Hinds now led, 14-6, with 10:46 left in the first half.

Darryan Ragsdale (Pelahatchie) would then extend the Eagles lead to 21-6 on a 14-yard touchdown rumble with just 51 seconds to go in the first half. Ragsdale had 20 carries and finished the day with 90 yards rushing and the aforementioned touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, the scoring would end there at the half, as the Warriors of East Central scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to emerge victorious.

The first score came with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, when Hall ran in seemingly untouched from 52 yards out for a score. Another missed extra point by the Warriors cut the Hinds lead to 21-12.

Johnny Beamon then found the end zone from six yards out with 14:54 left in the game, and this time the extra point was good for EC. The Eagles lead was now trimmed to 21-19.

Martin Johnson would then break another explosive play for the Warriors, this time from 66 yards out, and would put the Warriors up, 26-21, with 13:26 left in the contest. The lead was unreachable for Hinds and helped East Central prevail on an overcast and rainy day.

Nelson had a solid day at the quarterback position for Hinds, finishing 18-29 with 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Quadarias Mireles (Boynton Beach, Fla.) leads the Eagles receivers with eight catches for 61 yards.

Dontrill Hyman (Warsaw, N.C.) had another monster game on the defensive front for Hinds, finishing with seven tackles on the afternoon.

Gaige Washington (Clinton) got his second interception of the season and the second on the season for the Eagles defense to help lead the Eagles pass defense. He also finished with three tackles.

Hinds will host Southwest Community College at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the annual Homecoming game for the Eagles. The South division contest will be played at Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus.

For more on Hinds football go to www.hindsccsports.com

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