Hinds CC football doubles up Southwest, 40-20October 6, 2013
RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Eagles picked up their second consecutive South division victory on Saturday night in Summit by doubling up the Southwest Community College Bears, 40-20.
The win moved Hinds to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the South, while the loss dropped the Bears to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the South division.
The Eagles featured an offensive attack that finished with 81 plays for 492 yards of total offense, including 331 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns. The scoring outburst was the fourth time this season that Hinds has scored at least 40 points in a contest.
Christopher Harthone (Shaw) intercepted a Southwest pass on the opening play of the game to set up the Eagles for an early lead, one in which they would take hold of after a 26-yard field goal was good from Joseph Houston (Pelahatchie) to give Hinds a 3-0 lead with 13:28 left in the opening quarter.
A big defensive stop on fourth down on the following Southwest possession led to another Hinds score, this time on a 58-yard touchdown run from Darryan Ragsdale (Brandon) with 9:41 left in the first quarter.
The Houston PAT was good and the Eagles now led, 10-0.
James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.) would then move the Hinds lead to 17-0 on the following Hinds possession when he scrambled in from 17 yards out for the score, the first of three rushing touchdowns on the evening for the freshman quarterback.
Southwest was able to get on the board on the next possession when Jamal Hall ran in from two yards out for the touchdown. Michael McDaniel knocked the point after through and the Hinds lead was now 17-7 with 4:37 left in the first quarter.
Summers would cap off an eventful opening period with a six-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left to push the lead to 24-7 after the Houston PAT went through the uprights.
The score would remain the same as the two teams headed into the locker room at halftime.
Gregory Foster (Greenville) got the Eagles going early in the second half when his one-yard touchdown run upped the Hinds advantage to 30-7 with 12:44 in the third quarter after Houston’s PAT was no good. The sophomore running back finished with 14 carries for 87 yards and the score.
Summers added his final TD of the night (and ninth of the season) with 10:33 in the third when he matched Foster’s one-yard run with one of his own. This time the Houston point after was good and the Eagles now led, 37-7.
A Deangelo Ballard one-yard run and McDaniel PAT would cut the Hinds lead to 37-14 with 7:28 left in the third, but it was too little too late at this point for the Bears.
Houston capped off the Hinds scoring attack with a 26-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to mark the second consecutive 40-plus point explosion for the Eagles.
Ballard would then end the night’s scoring when he connected on an eight-yard touchdown pass with Bedarius Jackson with just 4:12 left in the game. The McDaniel point after was no good, and the Eagles would run out the clock for the remainder of the contest.
Harthone had a big night defensively for Hinds, as the freshman linebacker finished with three solo tackles, three assists, 1.5 sacks and the aforementioned interception.
LeDarion Robinson (Utica) led the Eagles with five solo tackles and two assists in the unofficial defensive stats department.
Hinds will now have a quick turnaround and a daunting task as well, as they return to action on Thursday, traveling to Ellisville to take on third-ranked Jones County Junior College, who is 6-0 on the season.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Ellisville.
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