Hinds Eagles overwhelm turnover-plagued Co-Lin
WESSON – Turnovers reared their ugly headsThursday night in Stone Stadium and the Hinds Community CollegeEagles capitalized on Co-Lin’s seven miscues. Hinds broke open aclose game in the third quarter and cruised to a 36-0 shutout winover the Co-Lin Wolfpack in the first South Division test for bothschools.
Veteran Hinds head coach Gene Murphy hugged his smallgrandchildren, squatted down and teased them after the game.
“Did you see those Eagles jump on those big bad Wolves?”
Murphy, in is third year since returning to the sidelines, watchedhis Eagles (2-1, 1-0) overwhelm Co-Lin with a swarming, aggressivedefense. They intercepted Co-Lin freshman quarterback ChandlerRogers five times and sacked him on a fumble recovery at Co-Lin’s8-yard line. It was a 23-point, third quarter nightmare thatstunned the Wolves (2-1, 0-1) and their large home crowd on a coolSeptember night.
“We were fortunate in the turnover ratio,” Murphy admitted. “Ourdefense made a lot of big plays.”
His Eagles were clinging to a slim 6-0 halftime lead that came on adazzling, 54-yard run by sophomore Jeremy Palmer, on the first playof the second quarter.
Palmer (5-8, 190), a former Class 2A All-State star for Puckett,finished with 15 carries for 84 yards.
“I saw a hole and took off through it,” said Palmer. “Our offensiveline blocked well. Our defensive unit did a great job.”
In the third quarter, Hinds took a 9-0 lead on a 28-yard field goalby Kyle Williams. The sophomore from Pearl consistently sent hiskickoffs into the end zone.
The Eagles capitalized on a knuckleball punt by Nolan Long on thenext offensive series, taking possession at the Co-Lin 38. Sevenplays later, quarterback Deon Anthony threw a 23-yard touchdownstrike to Quantavius Leslie on a slant pattern and it was 15-0. Theextra point was blocked.
Hinds struck gold again on the next series, moving 70 yards in 9plays. A 37-yard dash up the middle by Roy Williams Jr. put theEagles up 22-zip with 1:44 left in the third quarter.
After Rogers was sacked and fumbled at Co-Lin’s 8-yard line, Hindsscored on third down as Anthony outran the Co-Lin’s defense to theleft pylon, making it 29-0 on the last play of the thirdquarter.
Anthony completed 11 of 23 passes for 147 yards and was interceptedonce by Co-Lin’s Dehendret Collins.
More disaster awaited the Wolves in the final 15 minutes of action.Adonis Armstrong intercepted his second pass of the game andreturned it 74 yards to paydirt. Hinds led 36-0 with 13:31 left inthe game.
“We had every opportunity to score 21 or 28 points in the firsthalf but penalties and turnovers killed us,” said Co-Lin coachGlenn Davis. “You can’t do that against a good team like Hinds.
“Our team still has a lot of growing up to do,” Davis added. “Wehave to find our identity.”
Rogers broke a 46-yard run early to the Hinds 34 early in the firstquarter but the Eagles regrouped. For the game, Rogers completed 14of 34 passes for 160 yards and 5 interceptions. He rushed 9 timesfor 46 yards and was tackled 4 times behind the line ofscrimmage.
Freshman Darren Anderson led Co-Lin’s receivers with 6 catches for72 yards. Santarious Pollard had 3 catches for 41 yards.
Co-Lin finished with 37 rushes for 160 yards. Joel Davis rushed 19times for 48 yards. Danny Hobbs had 5 carries for 48 yards butsuffered an apparent concussion in the second quarter.
The Wolves also were minus wide receiver Alonzo Lewis who wassidelined by a collapsed lung suffered in last week’s win overHolmes.