Friday, September 11, 2015

East Central Drops First Football Game of Season 30-14 at Gulf Coast

The No. 14 ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs handed the East Central Community College Warriors their first defeat of the season Thursday, Sept. 10, by the score of 30-14 in a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division matchup on a muggy night in A.L. Williams Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.
East Central falls to 2-1 overall on the season, and 0-1 in MACJC South Division play. Gulf Coast improved to 2-1 overall, and 1-0 in division play. Gulf Coast scored on its first three possessions of the game to pull out to a 17-7 halftime lead. The Bulldogs points came on a 28-yard field goal, a three-yard run following a 65-yard drive, and a one-yard plunge on a fourth and one following an 85-yard drive.

East Central’s lone first half score came when sophomore wide receiver Kabion Ento, a product of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Ark., took a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Jesse Hosket out of French Camp High School and weaved 48 yards to the end zone. The point after by freshman kicker Aaron Garrett of Meridian High School was good and the Warriors led for the only time on the evening, 7-3.

The Warriors had a chance to close the gap just before the half when sophomore defensive lineman Derek Mahaffey of Oxford High School (Ala.) picked up a fumble by Gulf Coast quarterback A.J. Erdely and returned it 29 yards to the Bulldog nine yard line with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter. But an errant Hosket pass and a missed Garrett field goal attempt from 26 yards kept the first half score at 17-7.

East Central also lost a fumble deep in Gulf Coast territory on the 15-yard line in the first quarter to thwart another scoring opportunity. On its second possession of the third quarter, East Central tackled the Gulf Coast punter after an errant snap and took over on the Bulldogs 49. The Warriors drove inside the Gulf Coast 30 before losing 10 yards on a fumbled pitch, resulting in a Garrett punt. Gulf Coast took over on its own 14 following the punt, and two plays later extended its lead to 24-7 on an electrifying 88-yard run by T-Rod Daniels.

Gulf Coast added a 27-yard field goal on the second play of the final quarter and a 28-yard field goal with 8:56 remaining in the game to push the lead to 30-7. East Central would find the end zone one more time with 2:46 remaining in the game. After a 42-yard punt return by freshman wide receiver Tredarian Gamble, a product of Oxford High School (Ala.), Hosket and Ento connected for the second time in the game, this time from 19 yards out. Garrett’s point after made the final score 30-14.

Hosket finished the game 19 of 35 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Ento caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman running back Mikell Daniels out of Forest High School led the Warriors in rushing with 44 yards on 12 carries. East Central hits the road again next week to face Holmes Community College on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Grenada High School in Grenada.