Co-Lin Wolfpack upsets No. 16 Hinds

Published 8:00 pm Friday, September 21, 2012

RAYMOND – It was a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College South Division showdown between Copiah-Lincoln and Hinds Community Colleges Thursday night in Joe Renfroe Stadium.

     Hinds celebrated Trell Kimmons Day, but it would be Co-Lin who would enjoy the 21-6 upset win over the No. 16-ranked Eagles.

     With the win by Co-Lin, the Wolfpack improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the South Division and will host Jones County Junior College Thursday in South Division action. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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     Hinds drops to 2-2 and 0-2.

     Kimmons, a Coldwater native, was a former All-American sprinter for the Eagle track team in 2004 and 2005. He was honored at halftime for his silver-medal efforts during the 2012 London Olympics.

     After a scoreless first period, the Eagles drew first blood early in the second frame. A 24-yard field goal from Raymond native Pate DeMuth gave Hinds its first and only lead of the night at 3-0.

     Co-Lin responded moments later at the 12:04 mark of the second, with sophomore quarterback Chandler Rogers calling his own number from 2 yards out. Nolan Long tacked on the first of three successful PAT kicks on the night for a 7-0 Wolfpack lead.

     Defenses were at a premium, as both teams combined for 15 sacks and 95 yards in yardage loss on the night. Co-Lin was sacked 10 times for 39 yards in losses.

     “We had some mistakes up front,” said Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis. “We played well and were able to control the ball on offense.” Davis was referring to the nearly 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession 38:40 to 21:20.

     The Wolfpack got scoring on both sides of the ball in the final stanza. With 10:21 left in the game, Rogers found running back Van Lee with a 7-yard scoring pass. With 4:48 left on the clock, defensive back Jeremy Davis returned an interception 63 yards to paydirt.

     Hinds got a 22-yard field goal by DeMuth with 8:09 left in the contest.

     “We just gave up too many big plays on both sides of the ball tonight,” said Eagles veteran head coach Gene Murphy. “We did not make enough plays when we needed to.”

     Rogers led Co-Lin with an 18-of-29 performance for 285 yards. Running back Darius Guy led the ground game with 45 yards on 16 rushes. Guy also had 110 receiving yards on 7 catches. The Wolfpack had 310 yards of total offense.

     Defensively, Jerrell Jordan was in on 8 tackles, followed by Terrell Hartsfield with 7 stops. Co-Lin had 10 tackles for losses and several players combined for 5 sacks. Davis and Alonzo Lewis each had an interception.

     “Defense stepped up big for us when we needed it,” Davis added.

     Hinds was led by Jackson native Jabari Baker with 129 yards on 24 carries. Quadarias Mireles had 7 receptions for 116 yards. Quarterback Christopher Nelson was 18-of-31, 2 interceptions for 199 yards.