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Hard fought battle goes in No. 16 Jones’ favor as they win 28-25 over Hinds Football

Hard fought battle goes in No. 16 Jones’ favor as they win 28-25 over Hinds Football

CLINTON- The Hinds Community College Eagles' hot start and late game heroics were not enough as No. 16 Jones College Bobcats held on for the 28-25 victory Thursday night at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
 
The Bobcats started the game with the ball, but freshman defensive back, Willie Brown (Pearl) intercepted the Bobcat pass to give the Eagles great field position. Hinds quarterback Tylan Morton (Griffin, Ga.) capitalized and started the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Eric Clark with 13:10 left in the first quarter.
 
A few drives later, the Eagles defense forced another turnover and Ivin White Jr. (Port Gibson) recovered and returned the Bobcat fumble 32-yards to give the Eagle offense solid field position again. Don Ragsdale (Pisgah) made the most out of it and closed out the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.
 
The Jones Bobcats returned the favor in the second quarter scoring two unanswered touchdowns on a one-yard and a three-yard run respectively to tie the game at 14-14 heading into halftime.
 
The third quarter started off with back-and-forth defensives stands until the Bobcats special teams recovered the Eagles' botched snap on a punt in the end zone to take a 21-14 lead with 7:51 left in the third quarter.
 
The Eagles answered back on the ensuing drive when kicker Carson Flumm (Crystal Springs) connected on a 29-yard field goal to cut Hinds' deficit to 21-17 with 4:57 left in the third quarter.
 
With under a minute left in the third, Hinds' freshman linebacker, Amos Robinson (Hollandale), intercepted his third pass of the season to give the Eagle offense the ball on the Bobcat 22-yard line.
 
After a good defensive stand by Jones, Hinds attempted to kick a 39-yard field goal to start off the fourth quarter. The field goal attempt was blocked by the Bobcats and returned 80 yards for a touchdown to increase the Jones' lead to 28-17 with 14:39 left in the game.
 
On the following drive, Hinds was forced to punt and fumbled the snap again to give the Bobcats the ball on the Hinds 35-yard line with 11:50 remaining.

The Eagle defense responded as they did all night when Emanuel Dabney intercepted the Bobcat pass just 30 seconds later. The Eagle offense answered back with a long 80-yard drive that was finished off when Morton scrambled out of the pocket and found Clark in the back of the end zone for the 5-yard touchdown pass.
 
The Eagles went for the two-point conversion and converted when Clark made a diving catch in the end zone off a hurried pass from Morton. The two-point conversion cut the Jones lead to just 28-25 with 5:53 remaining.
 
The Eagle defense did its job again and forced a Jones punt which gave the Eagle offense the ball on their own 13-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, following a sack and an intentional grounding penalty, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs and their bid to knock off No. 16 Jones came to an end.

Despite the loss, the Eagle defense shined forcing five turnovers including three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Sophomore wide receiver Eric Clark also had a career day stacking up 13 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
 
The Hinds Eagles (1-2, 0-1) will be back in action next Thursday (Sept. 20) on the road in Summit when they take on the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears (1-2, 0-1). Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.