East Central Community College wide receiver Kabion Ento (7) hauls in a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Willis during the Warriors’ MACJC South Division battle at Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, October 18 on the Summit campus. EC led 14-10 at halftime but the Bears rallied for a 38-14 homecoming victory. Ento is a product of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, AR, and Willis hails from Forest Hill High School. Both are freshmen.
East Central Community College freshman punter Chandler Powell (15) is shown during his 49-yard run on a fake punt that gave the Warriors possession on the Southwest Mississippi Community College nine-yard line late in first-half action on the Summit campus. EC scored on the next play and held a 14-10 advantage at halftime of the MACJC South Division matchup. However, the Bears rallied for a 38-14 homecoming victory. Powell is a product of Forest High School.
Three late scores in the game’s final six minutes broke open a close contest and provided Southwest Mississippi Community College with a 38-14 homecoming victory over East Central Community College Saturday, October 18 at John I. Hurst Stadium.The Warriors were hoping to even their overall record 4-4 and have an opportunity for a winning campaign in the season finale this week, but the host Bears had other ideas and rallied for the MACJC South Division victory.
East Central, which fell to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in league play, had taken a 14-10 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
After the Bears jumped out to 7-0 first quarter lead on Tylertown product Chris Jones’ five-yard scamper to pay dirt followed by Reed James’ PAT, the Warriors responded with quarterback Trey Willis completing a 34-yard TD strike to wide receiver Kabion Ento early in second-quarter action, capping a six-play, 83-yard drive. Brennan O’Keefe added the PAT.
Willis finished the night by completing 16 of 28 passes for 145 yards and the one TD pass. He is a product of Forest Hill High School. Ento led EC receivers with four grabs for 73 yards and the one score. He hails from Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, AR. O’Keefe is a former standout at St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs. All three are freshmen.
Southwest regained the lead at 10-7 on James’ 40-yard field goal with 9:11 left before halftime. James is a product of Germantown High School.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors took over on their own 19 and quickly marched up field following Willis’ 17-yard pass to tight end Devaughn Brown to the EC 36. Brown is a product of a Thibodaux (LA) High School.
However, the drive stalled on the EC 42 and the Warriors faced a four and four situation. Freshman Chandler Powell was set to punt, but instead the Forest High School product raced down the sideline on a 49-yard scamper to the Southwest nine yard line, successfully executing a fake punt as called by head coach Ken Karcher. Chandler had nine punts for a 36.7-yard average.
EC scored on the next play, as sophomore running back Lamarcus Franks tallied on a nine-yard run with just over six minutes left before halftime. O’Keefe added the PAT.
Franks once again led Warrior rushers, as the 5-7, 142-pound speedster from Greene County High School finished with 169 yards on 36 carries, a 4.7-yard per carry average.
Southwest took the lead for good at 17-14 late in the third stanza on Ballard’s 43-yard TD strike to Ladarius Slocum of Tylertown. James added the PAT.
The Warriors had a chance to tie the contest early in the final stanza but O’Keefe’s 42-yard field goal attempt missed by inches.
Southwest (3-4, 2-3) put the game away in the game’s final minutes, beginning with Ballard’s 73-yard scamper to pay dirt with 6:12 left, followed by Ballard’s 36-yard TD toss to wide receiver Kameron Williams of Bassfield with 3:07 left, and later defensive lineman Josh Samander’s 39-yard fumble return with 2:48 remaining. Samander is from Jackson Prep.
The Warrior defense was led by defensive backs Austin Balthazor (Seminary) and Raphael McClain (Starkville), who each had seven tackles and two assists. Other top defenders were defensive back Jaylon Lofton (Forest), seven tackles and a quarterback sack; linebacker Aubrey Bourn (Hattiesburg), six solo stops and one assist; and defensive back JaDerrick Farrow (Bleckley County, GA), two tackles and one assist.
East Central completes 2014 competition by hosting Pearl River Community College Thursday, Oct. 23. Kickoff for the MACJC matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium. Warrior sophomores will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony.
PRC is 4-4 overall following their 45-28 win over Northwest Mississippi Community College last week. The Wildcats are 1-4 in the MACJC South Division.
East Central Community College defensive lineman Tyler Pace (45) tackles Jones County Junior College’s Justin Smith (30) for a loss during the Warriors’ 14-7 homecoming victory Saturday at Bailey Stadium. Pace is a sophomore and product of Newton High School. Other Warriors shown are linebacker Eric McPherson (47) of Jim Hill and defensive lineman Dexter Charles (71), a product of Church Point (La.) High School, both freshmen.
East Central Community College wide receiver Kabion Ento (7) races past the Jones County Junior College defense following one of three receptions during the Warriors’ stunning upset of nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon at Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Ento is a freshman wide receiver and product of Dollarway (Ark.) High School. Also shown is Warrior wide receiver Allen Fails (88) of North Forrest High School.
Sophomore speedster Lamarcus Franks (22) is shown during one of his many impressive runs while leading East Central Community College to a stunning 14-7 homecoming victory over nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon at Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Franks’ 39-yard touchdown scamper early in the third stanza snapped a 7-7 tie and gave the Warriors’ their winning margin over the No. 20 Bobcats. Franks, who continues to pile up yardage despite his a 5-7, 142-pound frame, led EC rushers with 118 yards on 20 carries. He is a product of Greene County High School. Also shown is EC freshman quarterback Trey Willis (12), a product of Forest Hill High School.
East Central Community College defensive back Trey Sloan (1) is shown during his electrifying 100-yard interception return for a touchdown early in second quarter action of the Warriors’ homecoming clash with Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon in Decatur. The Warriors rallied for a stunning 14-7 upset of the nationally ranked Bobcatss. Sloan is a freshman defensive back and product of Oak Grove High School. Other Warriors shown are defensive lineman Tyler Pace (45) of Newton and defensive back JaDerrick Farrow, a product of Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga.
A 100-yard interception return by freshman defensive back Trey Sloan and a stellar defensive performance helped provide East Central Community College’s Warriors with a stunning 14-7 homecoming victory over nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon at Bailey Stadium.Sloan’s electrifying touchdown jaunt tied the MACJC South Division battle at 7-7 early in the second quarter and the Warrior defense – bolstered by second-half quarterback sacks from defensive ends Tyler Pace and Jadarius Ceasar, kept the No. 20 Bobcats off the scoreboard. Sloan is a product of Oak Grove High School. Pace hails from Newton High School and Ceasar is a product of Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.
The winning margin came on sophomore speedster Lamarcus Franks’ 39-yard touchdown scamper early in the third period action. Franks, despite his 5-7, 142-pound frame, once again led EC rushers with 118 yards on 20 carries. Franks is a product of Greene County High School.
Freshman kicker Breenan O’Keefe added both PAT’s. O’Keefe is a product of St. Martin High School.
For second year EC head football coach Ken Karcher, the win was especially sweet. Not only did his Warriors defeat a nationally ranked team in the Bobcats, the impressive victory also marked his first division win, as well as a second-straight homecoming victory. The Warriors defeated MS Delta on a late TD pass for the lone victory in 2013.
However, the 2014 homecoming win was not secured until Warrior defensive back Austin Balthazor intercepted Bobcat quarterback Steven Swindle in the end zone on a failed Hail Mary pass in the game’s final seconds. Balthazor is a freshman from Seminary.
“I told the team that I’m excited about the continual growth they are showing as men,” said Karcher in a post-game interview. “Our kids have shown a lot of character throughout the year, we’ve been close, and we finally got over the hump!”
He added, “Saturday was a great win for our program. We like the direction that we are headed, and the kids are extremely excited. I am very proud of our young men and they effort they gave today to beat a good Jones team.”
The Bobcats, who fell to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in league play, got their only points on Tevon Moore’s one-yard run with 9:31 left in the first period. Patrick Ponder added the PAT. Moore is a freshman from Stringer and Ponder is a product of Bay High School.
East Central, which improved to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in league play, travels to Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, October 18. Kickoff for the Bears’ homecoming contest is set for 5 p.m. on the Summit campus.
Freshman quarterback Trey Willis (12) crosses the goal line on a one-yard plunge that gave East Central Community College an early 6-0 lead against Hinds Community College Thursday night in Raymond. Willis, a Forest Hill High School product, later fired a four-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jordan Thomas of Sumrall, extending the Warrior advantage to 13-0. The home standing Eagles overcame the early deficit to claim a 24-16 MACJC South Division victory.
East Central Community College sophomore defensive back Raphael McClain (39) returns a Hinds fumble during first-quarter action of the MACJC South Division battle Thursday night at Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond campus. McLain’s 29-yard return to the Eagle six-yard-line helped set up the Warriors’ second first-quarter touchdown and a 13-0 lead. The Eagles rallied to claim a 24-16 victory. McClain is a product of Starkville High School.