Eagles pull away from Co-Lin to get 23-14 win

Published 11:00 am Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves (2-4) and the Hinds CC Eagles (4-2) were locked in a tight MACCC south division battle in the fourth quarter when a safety moved the Wolves to within 10-8 as only 14 minutes remained in the game.

A blocked punt set up a short field for the Eagles with 6:35 remaining in the game. Five plays and 30 yards later Hinds got a 3-yard touchdown run by Jamarian Samuel to take a 16-8 lead.

Any hopes of a CLCC comeback were dashed on the next drive when quarterback Paul Hargrave (Natchez HS) was intercepted by Hinds. A 34-yard rushing touchdown by Jeffrey Pittman put the Eagles firmly ahead 23-8 with 3:35 remaining in the game.

Co-Lin and Hargraves completed four straight passes on the following drive that culminated with the sophomore quarterback hitting Erick Rogers (Shannon HS) on a 25-yard touchdown pass, but the Eagles were able to recover the onside kick and kneel the ball for a 23-14 win.

Hinds led 10-0 at halftime before Co-Lin marched down the field on the first drive of the second half to get a 1-yard TD run by Bobby Shanklin Jr (Noxubee County). Sophomore wide receiver Tyquan Henderson (Canton HS) caught 11 passes for 135 yards to lead Co-Lin.

Freshman linebacker Shawn Wade (Hernando HS) led the Wolves with nine tackles. Freshman defensive back Levertis Carey (Forest Hill) snagged an interception for Co-Lin.

In other MACCC games played Thursday night, Northwest whipped Coahoma 42-12, Mississippi Gulf Coast ran past East Central 31-13, Pearl River rolled Holmes 55-7 and Itawamba got past Mississippi Delta 34-21.