Hinds holds off Wolves 28-13

Published 5:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

RAYMOND — With both teams winless in South Division JUCO play,someone would claim their initial division win at Thursday night’sfootball game between rivals Copiah-Lincoln and Hinds CommunityColleges.

The host Eagles used a pair of first-half touchdown passes fromMarshall Academy grad Seth Adams then held off an stubborn Wolfpacksquad for a 28-13 victory at Joe Renfroe Stadium. Adams hit 24-yardscoring strikes to Paul Cavett and Jabari Gipson as Hinds held a13-0 lead at the intermission.

Co-Lin continues South Division play Thursday hosting JonesCounty Community College in Stone Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7p.m. Hinds travels to Decatur to play East Central Saturday, Oct.22 at Newton County High School.

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Hinds (2-2, 1-2) set the tone early as Adams completed 4-of-5passes for 75 yards in the opening drive which went 84 yards in 9plays, running minutes and 11 seconds off the clock. Cavett, asophomore running back from Clinton, came out of the backfield andsnagged the pass from Adams. Terry’s Jess Shelby tacked on the PATkick for a 7-0 Eagle lead.

After a Co-Lin fumble, Hinds responded with an 8-play, 66-yarddrive that lasted 3 minutes and 37 seconds. Adams found freshmenJabari Gipson on a fad pattern in the end zone with 3:50 left inthe opening stanza. The PAT kick failed on a high snap but Eaglehead coach J. Mike Smith’s Eagles held a 13-0 advantage oat thestart of the second half.

The Wolfpack defense opened the second half, by thwarting a pairof Eagle drives. Interceptions by Blake Spiers and Alton Dowdellwere the catalyst that set up Co-Lin’s initial scoring drive of thenight.

After Dowdell’s pick with 12:17 left in the third, the Wolvesmarched 48 yards in 8 plays. Quarterback Cedric Johnson foundformer Brookhaven High standout Bud Chatman with an 8-yardtouchdown pass. Nick Gunter tacked on the PAT kick but Co-Lin stilltrailed 13-7.

Smith’s Eagles responded with an 81-yard drive that took 11plays and nearly 7 minutes off the clock. Adams called his ownnumber from the Co-Lin 1. Adams found Ben Shelton on the 2-pointconversion pass and a 21-7 cushion.

“We wanted to come out and score quickly,” said Smith. “Thosetwo interceptions that we threw did not hurt us too bad.”

Wolfpack head coach Glenn Davis saw his ballclub strike quicklyon a 5-play, 71-yard drive that used 1:08 off the clock at thestart of the fourth quarter. The Johnson/Chatman worked their magicfrom 4-yards out. The PAT kick was blocked.

On the ensuing kickoff, Cavett raced 97 yards through theWolfpack defense for a scores.

“After getting down early, our defense grew up tonight,” addedDavis.

Johnson was 16-of-42 for 127 yards. Chatman was on the end of 5catches for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns. Johnson led the ground gamewith 53 yards on 8 carries.

Gipson paced the Eagles with 79 yards on 5 receptions. Adams was10 of 20 with 2 picks for 151 yards. Cavett had 18 totes for 59yards.

Defensively, Alton Dowdell and Blake Spierseach ha an interception. Jessie Bowman and Rex Hill combined for asack. Gregory Porter had 7 tackles and a sack. Spiers and RylandWilson followed with 6 stops.

The Wolves held the Eagles to 110 yards of offense in thesecond, 294 for the game.

“Defensively, we are playing well and getting better,” addedDavis. “We just have to find a way to make more plays.”