#1 MGCCC runs down #8 Hinds 41-34
September 13, 2013
RAYMOND, MS---In an early season heavyweight bout between two NJCAA top 10 teams, #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College delivered just enough punishment to earn a 41-34 victory over #8 Hinds.
It’s the ninth straight victory by the Bulldogs over Hinds dating back to 2005. More importantly, the win puts the Bulldogs at 3-0 overall in the MACJC South Division opener while the Eagles fall to 2-1 and 0-1.
“That was a complete team victory,” said Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell, who’s now 9-1 all-time against Hinds. “It took all three phases…offense, defense, and special teams…to get past a very talented Hinds team tonight.”
The Bulldog offense rushed for 335 yards, 150 of those coming from sophomore running back Antwon Wells, who carried 22 times and scored three touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Terrian Page rushed for 69 yards and two scores while kicker Tristan Reynolds booted two field goals. The Gulf Coast defense forced two turnovers and held Hinds duel-threat quarterback James Summers to 49 yards rushing and 1 TD. Summers did throw two TD passes to Keithon Redding, the second coming with 1:58 remaining in the game which made the score 41-34. Moments later the Bulldogs recovered the ensuing on-sides kick to ice the win.
The first Summers-to-Redding TD hook-up was an 83-yarder which gave the Eagles a 17-14 lead in the second quarter.
Hinds got its first lead of the game as they took the opening kickoff and cashed in on a 34-yard field goal by Joseph Houston to take a 3-0 lead. Gulf Coast responded with 14 unanswered points via a 13-yard TD run by Page and a 1-yard TD plunge by Wells.
After Hinds responded with 14 unanswered points of their own, Tristan Reynolds connected on the first of his two goals to tie the game at 17 at halftime.
The Bulldogs used a 55-yard kickoff return by Tony Bridges to open the second half which set up an 11-yard TD run by Page. Gulf Coast extended its lead to 31-17 on a 25-yard TD scamper by Wells with 6:56 left in the third quarter. That drive featured a third-and-22 pass completion from Page to Dhaquille Williams that set up Gulf Coast at midfield. The Eagles pulled to within 31-24 on a 3-yard score by Darryan Ragsdale with 3:42 left in the quarter.
Both teams traded field goals to make the score 34-27, the third TD run by Wells gave his team the cushion it needed with 4:32 left in the game.
“We had guys making big plays tonight when we absolutely needed them,” Campbell added.
Gulf Coast returns home Sept. 19 to face MACJC South Division rival Jones.