As part of Surgical Technologist Week held September 15-19, East Central Community College in Decatur celebrated with a pizza party honoring its students. The third week of September is recognized statewide to honor surgical technologists by the Mississippi Legislature. Taking part in the celebration are (front row, from left) Tywonna Harris of Lena, Shawna Peets of Union, Jessica Thames of Decatur, Kierra Griffin of Louisville, Victoria Smith of Morton, Nikla Wilson and Dakota Wilcher, both of Philadelphia; and (back row, from left) Veronica Ramsey of Meridian, Heather Clark of Philadelphia, Marcus Brown of Meridian, Brianna Evans of Clinton and Julie Pierce of Philadelphia.
Leake Academy graduate Kristen Smith of Sebastopol is the 2014 recipient of the Coach Ken Pouncey Memorial Scholarship at East Central Community College in Decatur. The scholarship is presented annually to a sophomore education major and was established in honor of the longtime ECCC football coach, who was also a former superintendent of the Newton County and Enterprise school districts. For more information on scholarship opportunities at the college, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director for Foundation and Alumni Relations, at 601-635-6327, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Rowlett (right), Regional Admissions Counselor for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is shown speaking to East Central Community College pre-pharmacy and pre-medical students Tuesday, September 16, 2014, on the Decatur campus. Bartlett provided information on admissions policies and course offerings at Ole Miss. For more information on ECCC pre-medical or pre-pharmacy offerings, contact Curt Skipper, Science Department Chairperson, at 601-635-6222, or email email@example.com.
Sophomore running back Lemarcus Franks (22) had another stellar night at running back as he helped lead East Central Community College to a 14-6 victory over Holmes Community College Thursday, Sept. 18 in Decatur. Franks, shown trying to elude a Bulldog defender in the non-division battle, compiled 158 yards on 27 carries and provided EC with the winning margin on his eight-yard TD scamper early in third period action. Franks is a product of Greene County High School.
East Central Community College defensive lineman Tyler Pace (45) tackles Holmes Community College quarterback Jamario Benson (4) for a loss during the Warriors’ 14-6 win over the visiting Bulldogs Thursday night. Pace finished with two quarterback sacks, two tackles and three assists in the non-division matchup. He is a product of Newton High School.
East Central Community College’s Warriors overcame an early deficit and several miscues to post a 14-6 victory over Holmes Community College Thursday night on the Decatur campus.
The start of the MACJC non-division matchup was delayed almost an hour due to lightning strikes in the area.
But EC fans did not seem to mind the delay or the slight drizzle that followed, as a large crowd remained at Bailey Stadium to watch the Warriors improved to 2-2 overall under second-year head coach Ken Karcher.
“This is great for the kids,” Karcher said in a post-game interview. “There are a lot of people who are working hard, from our practice players and to our players playing in the game. So it was very exciting to see them as excited and as happy as they are. It was a tough game, but I’m glad we came out on top!”
Sophomore speedster Lamarcus Franks, who tips the scales at just over 140 pounds on his 5-7 frame, was the workforce for the Warrior rushing attack and even made a key “defensive” play that possibly saved a Holmes score late in the contest.
Franks, a former standout at Greene County High School, finished the night with 158 yards on 27 carries. His eight-yard touchdown run early in third period provided the Warriors with the eight-point margin of victory. The short scoring march was set up when EC defensive lineman Jadarius Ceasar of Tuscaloosa recovered a Bulldog fumble on the Holmes 30 yard line.
“You can count on him to run,” said Karcher of Franks. “He’s the guy to spark our offense, and I can’t say enough about him. On the field and off the field, he’s a leader for our football team.”
Franks played the role of defensive back when he tackled a Holmes defender as it appeared he would intercept an Ethan Hamilton pass deep in Warrior territory. But Franks’ jarring tackle separated the defender from the pigskin and the Warriors maintained possession.
It was Hamilton’s 27-yard touchdown strike to freshman wide receiver Kabion Ento that tied the contest at 6-6 with just 31 seconds left before halftime. Brennan O’Keefe gave EC a 7-6 lead with the first of his two PATs.
Hamilton, a sophomore signal caller from Noxapater, finished the night by completing seven of 14 passes for 64 yards. He had one interception.
Ento led EC receivers with four grabs for 57 yards and the one TD. Ento is a product of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
O’Keefe is a freshman and product of St. Martin High School.
The two scores were all EC needed to notch the victory, thanks to a stubborn Warrior defense, which registered six quarterback sacks and limited the Bulldogs’ potent Flexbone rushing attack.
“I take my hat off to our defensive coaches,” said Karcher. “They did a heck of a job defensively. To prepare for that type of offense is very difficult, and they’ve been going up and down the field on everybody.”
The Bulldogs, who fell to 1-3 overall, began the season by beating Hinds Community College 28-21, followed by a 28-14 setback to Pearl River Community College and a 19-3 loss to Itawamba Community College.
The lone Holmes score against EC came on Javon Arnett’s one-yard plunge with 7:32 left in the opening stanza. Cole Ballard’s PAT attempt was no good. Arnett is a freshman running back from Waco, Texas, and Ballard is a sophomore kicker from Newton.
Holmes had one last chance to possibly tie the contest late in fourth quarter action, but the scoring threat ended following an incomplete pass on fourth and five on the EC 28-yard line with under a minute remaining.
“Our defense for the most part shut Holmes down,” Karcher said. “I can’t say enough about what our staff and our kids did, and the kids that ran the scout team in practice to prepare for Holmes. It was a great defensive effort.”
Defensive leaders for EC were defensive lineman Jadarius Ceasar of Paul W. Bryant High School, five solo tackles, four assists and two quarterback sacks; linebacker Eric McPherson of Jackson Jim Hill, six tackles, and two assistants and two quarterback sacks; defensive lineman Darryl Rogers of Laurel, three tackles and five assists; defensive lineman Jonathan Young of Lamar School, two tackles and four assists; defensive back JaDerrick Farrow of Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga. three tackles and two assists; and defensive tackle Tyler Pace of Newton, two tackles, three assists and two quarterback sacks.
The Warriors return to MACJC South Division competition when they challenge Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Wesson campus.
The Wolves are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play following their 45-35 loss to visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Thursday night.
EC is also 0-1 in division following a 35-7 defeat to nationally-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Members of the 2014-15 cheerleading squad at East Central Community College in Decatur and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) Natalie Lyles, Newton County Academy; Shelby Hemphill, Leake Academy; Kaitlyn Patrick, Forest; Layne Lepard, Neshoba Central; Mak Rowzee, Newton County; Keri Ann Mayfield, Union; and Kaitlin Smith and Madison Pettigrew, both of Scott Central; and (back row, from left) Lauren Coward, Neshoba Central; Lauren Peterson, Forest; Adam Porter, Newton County; Cody Warren, Neshoba Central; Hunter Brown, Leake Academy; Warner Parkes, Nanih Waiya; and Alana Kron and Haleigh West, both of Newton County. Pauline Karcher serves as cheer coach.
East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart (left) was interviewed by Walt Grayson of WLBT-TV earlier this week for a special news segment on the Jackson television station. Dr. Stewart discussed the recently implemented In-District Tuition Scholarship provided by the estate of ECCC alumna Frances Gaines Blum Slagle. The scholarship, officially named the Children of Andrew and Inez Gaines: Marjorie Mansfield, Mary George Pace, Frances Gaines Blum Slagle, Virginia Gaines Smith and Geneva Gaines Boring In-District Scholarship, is a financial aid program for incoming freshmen residing in the five-county service area and serves as a “gap-filler scholarship” for students who do not receive and/or qualify for sources of funding sufficient to cover the cost of tuition. Grayson’s interview with Dr. Stewart is scheduled to appear during the WLBT 6 p.m. newscast today (Thursday, Sept. 18).
The annual East Central Community College Benefit Baseball Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Decatur Country Club.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. for the two-person scramble.
The $30 per person fee includes lunch and a beverage.
Hole sponsorships are available for $100.
All proceeds benefit the Diamond Warrior program.
To enter or receive more information, contact head coach Neal Holliman, at 601-635-6374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former East Central Community College baseball players are invited to participate in the biennial Diamond Warrior Alumni Baseball Game scheduled Saturday, October 11, as part of the college’s 2014 Homecoming celebration.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a nine-inning contest starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
For more information, contact head coach Neal Holliman, at 601-635-6374 or email email@example.com.