MACC football roundup: Gulf Coast, EMCC playoff spots; Hinds ends with loss – The Vicksburg Post

MACC football roundup: Gulf Coast, EMCC playoff spots; Hinds finishes with a defeat

Posted at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022

Just like they’ve done all season, the Mississippi Gulf Coast came out on top in the second half and found themselves in the lead.

The Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to edge past Jones College, 38-24, on Thursday and captured the Mississippi Association of Community College Conference South Division championship.

Gulf Coast (6-3, 5-1 MACCC South) won its fourth straight game after losing three of its first five. It will host a MACCC first-round playoff game against East Mississippi on Nov. 5.

“These guys are strong mentally,” Gulf Coast coach Jack Wright said. “They had their oil checked, and I’m so proud that they passed the test.”

No. 4 Jones (8-1, 5-1) suffered his first loss of the season and will go on the road to face No. 3 Northwestern Mississippi in a first-round playoff game, too. November 5.

Jones would have won the Southern Division title had he beaten Gulf Coast on Thursday, and he was leading 24-17 at halftime. Alan Follis threw two touchdown passes, while DJ Smith threw one. Smith also ran for 88 yards.

The third quarter, however, belonged to Gulf Coast.

Cam Thomas tied the game with a 21-yard touchdown run, then Pat McQuaide joined Ramone Bradley for 53 and 9-yard touchdown passes to give the Bulldogs a 38-24 lead. All three touchdowns came in 9½ minutes. Gulf Coast also controlled the ball for 11 minutes in the fourth quarter, despite not scoring any more points.

McQuaide completed 20 of 30 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown. Thomas rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, while Bradley caught five passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Keymari Odum had eight receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Jones gained a total of 55 yards and committed a turnover on all four possessions in the second half.

“We came in at halftime and had a little brotherhood talk, like we did in Co-Lin,” said Gulf Coast defensive end Torren Coppage-El, who had four tackles . “We just clicked. We made some adjustments and just played hard. We brought lots of juice.

East Mississippi 63, Delta Mississippi 14
Peter Parrish threw five touchdown passes and added a touchdown as East Mississippi (6-3, 4-2 MACCC North) clinched a berth in the MACCC playoffs for the 13th time in 15 seasons by routing the Mississippi Delta (1-8, 1-5).

Kiron Benjamin and Carl Robinson each caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score for East Mississippi. The Lions will play on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.

Northwest Mississippi 28, Northeast Mississippi 2
The Northwestern Mississippi No. 3 held Northeast Mississippi without an offensive point, while its defense scored two touchdowns to head into the MACCC playoffs with a win.

The Northwest defense scored on a 15-yard fumble return from Sam Brumfield in the second quarter and a 32-yard interception return from Jay Adams in the fourth. He forced five turnovers.
Northwest Mississippi (9-0, 6-0 MACCC North) won the North Division championship and will host Jones College on Nov. 5.

Northeast Mississippi (5-4, 3-3) rode a three-game winning streak.

Co-Lin 28, Hinds 14
Johnnie Daniel rushed for 86 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 46-yard run with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter as Copiah-Lincoln (5-4, 3-3 MACCC South) beat Hinds Community College in the season finale for both teams.

DeVon Tott completed 13 of 24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns for Co-Lin, and also scored a 5-yard TD rushing.

Jeffrey Pittman rushed for a record 154 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown for Hinds. Ranson Oakes passed 16 of 26 for 164 yards. Oakes threw an interception and was sacked five times.

Hinds (4-5, 3-3) lost its last two games to finish with a losing record for the first time since 2018. The Eagles were 9-3 in 2021.

“It’s definitely been a year of ups and downs,” Hinds head coach Larry Williams said. “Our kids have played extremely hard but we’ve often been very inconsistent this season. I really wanted that last game for our second graders because they won so many big games for us. I can’t say enough how much I am proud of their contribution to the future of this program.

Pearl River 23, Central East 7
Nick Milsap rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns, Qavonte Swanigan added 104 rushing yards and Pearl River Community College (6-3, 4-2 MACCC South) beat East Central Community College (1-8, 0-6) in the season finale for both teams.

Former Vicksburg High star Michael Montgomery had five tackles for Pearl River, which ended the season on a three-game winning streak. The Wildcats had their first six-game winning season in 12 years.

Former Warren Central star TJ Thompson had a total of 16 tackles and a tackle for the loss for East Central.

Holmes 40, Southwest Mississippi 10
Philip Short threw three touchdown passes, including two to AJ Davis IV for 42 and 21 yards, as Holmes Community College (5-4) ended its season with a rout of Southwest Mississippi (3-6).

Robert Jennings scored on a 24-yard fumble return to lead Holmes’ defense.

Southwest’s only touchdown came on a 45-yard pass from Chris Roberson to Tyler Daniels in the fourth quarter. Roberson passed 23 of 41 for 219 yards.

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