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.
The Neshoba Central High School Band will be a special guest of East Central Community College when the Warriors battle Holmes Community College Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
“We are excited to announce the Neshoba Central High School Rocket Band will be performing in exhibition during halftime of this week’s football game,” said Hunter Corhern, ECCC Director of Bands. “The Neshoba Central Band is the largest in our district, and 19 former bandsmen are members of the Wall O’ Sound. We look forward to their performance.”
The 165-member Rocket Band will perform its 2014 field show, “The British Invasion,” featuring music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Dave Clark Five. All three groups were introduced to America after performing on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960’s.
The Neshoba Central High School Band is led by director Daniel Wade and assistants Amanda May and Scott Sullender. Drum majors are Landon Bounds and Courtney McNair.
The Wall O’ Sound will present its halftime show titled “We Will Rock You,” following the Neshoba Central Band’s performance.
For more information, contact Hunter Corhern, ECCC Director of Bands, at 601-635-6123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A host of East Central Community College defenders corral Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College quarterback Jason Smith (7) during the Thursday night battle at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. Making the stop are defensive back Trey Sloan (1) of Oak Grove, defensive lineman Daryl Rogers (91) of Laurel, linebacker Eric McPherson (47) of Jackson Jim Hill and defensive lineman Jadarius Ceasar (98), a product of Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa. EC trailed Gulf Coast 14-7 at halftime, but the No. 4 ranked Bulldogs capitalized on Warrior miscues in the final stanza to post a 35-7 victory in the MACJC South Division opener for both teams.
East Central Community College speedster Xavier Willis (9) sprints to the end zone for the Warriors’ lone score against nationally ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday night at Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Willis, a 5-5, 165-pound wide receiver, was on the receiving end of a 35-yard TD toss from quarterback Ethan Hamilton late in first-half action. The Warrior TD trimmed the Gulf Coast advantage to 14-7 at the break, but the visiting Bulldogs capitalized on Warrior miscues in the final stanza to post at 35-7 victory in the MACJC South Division opener for both teams. Willis is a product of Newton County High School and Hamilton hails from Noxapater High School.
East Central Community College defensive back Austin Balthazor (10) brings down a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back who also fumbled on the play during the Thursday night matchup at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. Balthazor is a freshman defensive back and product of Seminary High School. Assisting on the play is sophomore defensive lineman Daryl Rogers (91), a product of Laurel High School. EC trailed Gulf Coast 14-7 at halftime but the No. 4 ranked Bulldogs took advantage of Warrior miscues in the in the final stanza for a 35-7 victory in the MACJC South Division opener for both teams.
Marquis Hedge (21) was the top offensive weapon during East Central Community College’s 35-14 blowout of Coahoma Community College Thursday, Sept. 4 on the Clarksdale campus. Hedge, a 5-9, 185-pound sophomore running back, ran for three touchdowns and hauled in a pass for another score in helping lead the Warriors to the impressive non-division victory. The Forest Hill High School product finished the night with 100 yards on 22 carries. In the background is sophomore quarterback Ethan Hamilton (8) who also had a productive night for the Warriors. The Noxapater High School product completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and the one score.
East Central Community College’s Lemarcus Franks (22) battles two Coahoama Community College defenders during one his many impressive runs in the Warriors’ 35-14 thumping of the home standing Tigers Thursday, Sept. 4 in Clarksdale. Franks compiled 100 yards on 13 carries in the non-division matchup. Franks, a 5-7, 142-pound sophomore running back, is a product of Greene County High School.
Marquis Hedge ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another score in helping lead East Central Community College to a 35-14 thumping over Coahoma Community College Thursday, Sept. 4 at James E. Miller Stadium.The Warriors evened their record to 1-1 on the young season following the non-division win, while the home-standing Tigers remained winless after two starts.
Ken Karcher, now in his second year as ECCC head football coach, complimented his young squad on the lopsided victory.
“I thought our guys played a very physical football game,” said Karcher in a post-game interview. “They had to overcome some early mistakes but I felt they grew up a little more tonight.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Hedge hauled in a six-yard strike from quarterback Ethan Hamilton early in second quarter action to give EC a lead it would not relinquish. Freshman kicker Breenan O’Keefe connected the first of his five PATs for the 7-0 advantage. O’Keefe is a product of St. Martin High School.
Hedge, a 5-9, 185-pound sophomore running back from Forest Hill High School, scored again on a five-yard burst with under a minute left before halftime.
Hedge tallied twice in the third period, first on a two-yard scamper with 9:32 left followed by a three-yard run near the end of the period.
Coahoma avoided a shutout when quarterback Anthony Mitchell of Moss Point hooked up with wide receiver Marcel Williams of McLaurin on 61-yard pass play with 5:30 left in the contest. Cody Spears of Pisgah kicked the PAT.
EC responded with a score about a minute later when freshman running back SaVon Robinson burst through the Tiger defense on a 48-yard scamper to pay dirt. Robinson, a 6’, 185-pound freshman, is a product of Raymond High School.
Coahoma tallied the game’s final points on a five-yard run by Mickey Ridley with less than two minutes remaining. Ridley is a product of McNair High School in Atlanta. Spears added the PAT.
Hedge finished the night with 100 yards on 22 carries.
Teammate Lamarcus Franks also registered a 100-yard performance, as the sophomore speedster with a 5-7, 142-pound frame compiled 100 yards on 13 attempts. Franks is product of Greene County High School.
Hamilton, a 6-2, 242-pound sophomore, also put up impressive numbers in his second outing as signal caller. The Noxapater High School product completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and the one TD pass to Hedge.
O’Keefe is a perfect five-for-five on PAT’s. He connected on both field goal attempts in the opener at MS Delta.
Freshman Chandler Powell continues to excel at punter on the young season. His longest effort in the Coahoma game covered 50 yards. Powell is a product of Forest High School.
The Warriors begin MACJC South Division Thursday, Sept. 11, as they challenge nationally-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on the recently installed synthetic turf field at Bailey Stadium.
The Bulldogs are undefeated in 2014 following wins over Northeast Mississippi Community College (41-8) and Northwest Mississippi Community College (63-7).