ECCC is 2-0 on the season. Mississippi Delta fell to 0-2.
While managing only eight first downs, East Central was able to put 27 points on the scoreboard in the first half for the second straight week.
The Warriors would take an early 3-0 lead after Coahoma bobbled the snap on a punt attempt and East Central recovered on the Tigers’ 18-yard line. Three plays later, freshman kicker Aaron Garrett out of Meridian High School was good on a 36-yard field goal and East Central led 3-0 with 12:19 left in the first quarter.
Coahoma would quickly grab the lead with an 80-yard drive capped by a 45-yard touchdown pass by a scrambling Dominic Marino to running back Earnest Butler. The point after was good and the Tigers had a 7-3 lead.
Coahoma recovered its ensuing onside kick and took over at the East Central 45 yard line. Unable to move the ball, the Tigers lost 14 yards on a fake punt on fourth down and the Warriors took over deep in Coahoma territory. On the very next play, East Central’s Hosket, a product of French Camp High School, hit a wide-open sophomore wide receiver Devin McIntosh of Amory on a 35-yard scoring strike. Garrett’s point after was good and East Central led 10-7 with 5:22 to go in the opening quarter.
Less than a minute later, sophomore defensive back Devontae Wilson from Warren Central High School in Vicksburg batted a Marino pass up in the air and freshman defensive end Sangster from Louisville High School pulled it down at the 22 and rambled to the end zone with Coahoma defenders hanging on. Garrett’s kick was good again and the Warriors led 17-7.
East Central extended its lead on the next offensive possession with a 78-yard drive culminating with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Hosket to sophomore wide receiver Toriano Howard out of Quitman High School. The key play of the drive was a 52-yard pass from Hosket to sophomore wide receiver Kabion Ento out of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Ark. Garrett’s kick was good and East Central was up 24-7.
Coahoma marched right back with a 78-yard drive of its own, with Marino hitting wide receiver Devonta Jones on a 35-yard scoring strike. The PAT was blocked and the Warriors’ lead was cut to 24-13 with 11:09 to play in the first half.
On its next possession, East Central drove 66 yards before stalling at the Coahoma nine-yard line. Garrett connected on a 25-yard field goal and the Warriors would take 27-13 lead to the locker room at the half.
Hosket came out throwing again in the second half. On the Warriors’ second possession, he connected with Ento, this time for 51 yards. With Garrett’s extra point East Central was up 34-13 with 11:40 to go in the third quarter.
Neither team would score again until midway through the final quarter. Aaron Garrett added a 28-yard field goal with 8:43 remaining in the game after Breyron Jackson, a freshman defensive end out of Germantown High School in Canton, picked off a Marino pass at the Coahoma 16 yard line. Garrett’s kick pushed the East Central lead to 37-13.
Moments later, speedy freshman running back Poe, a product of Philadelphia High School, raced 76 yards for another Warrior score with 5:31 left in the game. Garrett’s point after made score 44-13.
Just 20 seconds later, East Central sophomore defensive lineman Derek Mahaffey out of Oxford High School (Ala.) tackled Coahoma’s running back in the end zone for a safety and the Warriors built the lead to the final 46-13 margin.
East Central piled up 424 yards total offense on the evening, while the Warrior defense held the Coahoma offense without a first down in the second half.
Hosket finished the game 11 of 24 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Ento was on the receiving end of five of those passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Poe finished with 116 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Sophomore safety Austin Balthazor out of Seminary High School in Collins also had an interception for the Warriors.
East Central hits the road next week for the first time this season traveling to Perkinston on Thursday, Sept. 10, to face the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. from A.L. May Stadium.