Friday, September 18, 2015

East Central Earns 29-14 Football Road Win Over Holmes Community College

East Central Community College scored two touchdowns in each half and the Warrior defense slowed down the top rushing attack in the conference to earn a hard fought 29-14 win over the Holmes Community College Bulldogs Thursday, Sept. 17. The game was played at Grenada High School as Holmes celebrated Military Appreciation Night.

East Central improved to 3-1 overall on the season. The Warriors remain 0-1 in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division play. Holmes fell to 1-3 overall. The Bulldogs are 0-1 in MACJC North Division play.

Behind two touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Jesse Hosket and 133 yards rushing by freshman running back Tredarian Gamble, East Central built a 16-7 halftime lead.

The Warriors got on the scoreboard on their first possession of the game, taking the opening kickoff and marching 44 yards to the Holmes 15 before the drive stalled. Freshman kicker Aaron Garrett out of Meridian High School nailed a 32-yard field goal and East Central had a 3-0 lead with 11:42 left in the first quarter.

East Central expanded the lead to 10-0 two possessions later on an 18-yard scoring strike from Hosket, a product of French Camp High School, to big tight end Jordan Thomas. It was the first touchdown reception of the season for the 6-6, 278-pound sophomore out of Sumrall High School. The Warriors drive covered 42 yards in just four plays. Garrett kicked the point after.

On the Warrior’s next possession, Hosket threw his second touchdown pass of the first half hitting freshman wide receiver Noah Nix out of West Lauderdale High School from 19 yards out. Garrett’s point after kick was blocked, but East Central led 16-0 with 7:27 left in the first half.

Holmes would answer on the ensuing possession with a 60-yard drive culminating in a six-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Dre Massey of Greenville, S.C. The point after kick was good and the Warriors lead was cut to 16-7.

East Central had one more chance to put points on the scoreboard in the first half after driving 52
yards to the Holmes 24 with 23 seconds remaining, but a 41-yard field goal attempt by Garrett fell short.

Holmes, which entered the contest as the No. 1 rushing team in the MACJC averaging over 290 yards per game utilizing the triple option, was held to three first downs in the first half and forced to punt on four of its five possessions.

The Bulldogs vaunted running attack took over on the opening drive of the second half, as Holmes drove 65 yards in eight plays with sophomore running back Aquindus Henson of McComb barreling in from the five for the score. The PAT was good and the East Central lead was just two points, 16-14.

The Warriors answered on their first drive of the third quarter, going 72 yards in nine plays, capped by a 10-yard touchdown jaunt by freshman running back Mikell Daniels out of Forest High School. Garrett’s PAT attempt was again blocked and East Central led 22-14.

East Central put the game out of reach with 4:25 remaining in the fourth quarter as Daniels bulled in from the one following a nine play, 66-yard drive. Garrett was true on the point after and the Warriors were up 29-14. The Warriors ran the final seconds off the clock to end the game at the Holmes seven yard line following an interception by sophomore safety Austin Balthazor out of Seminary High School.

Hosket finished the game 10 of 13 passing for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Gamble, out of Oxford
High School in Alabama, carried the ball 24 times for 150 yards. Daniels finished with 103 yards rushing on 16 carries. East Central returns home next Thursday, Sept. 24, after the two-game road trip to host No. 1 ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

The MACJC South Division matchup with Copiah-Lincoln will be “Black-Out Bailey” night and all East Central fans are encouraged to wear black for the game. It is also “Be Our Guest” night when students from all area high schools will be admitted free to the game, with one lucky student being selected to attempt a field goal to win free tuition for the 2016 fall semester.

The game can be heard on WKOZ 98.3 “The Groove” or via audio stream at Live streaming video with audio can be found at or In addition, MaxxSouth Sports will broadcast the game for tape delay showing on the MaxxSouth Broadband cable network.