Northeast Mississippi down Holmes 17-14

BOONEVILLE --- A huge fumble recovery set the Holmes Community College Bulldogs up at the Northeast Mississippi Community College 16 yard line but three consecutive rushing losses and an interception by Tigers ended all hopes of pulling out the victory as Northeast won 17-14 here Thursday.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in the North Division. Holmes hosts Itawamba Community College on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ras Branch Stadium. The pregame can be heard on the Bulldog Football Network at 100.1 FM, 101.1 FM and 103.9 FM or on with kickoff at 7 p.m. The game will also be streamed live at

Both teams had opportunities at field goals in the first quarter but neither team connected and there was no score after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Northeast went up 3-0 with 8:13 left in the second when Chris Cooper connected on a 34-yard field goal.

Holmes answered the score with one of its own with 3:57 in the second when Percy O'Bannon scored from four yards out. Cole Ballard's extra point was good to give Holmes the 7-3 lead.

Northeast then retook the lead with 1:54 left in the first half when Mitchell Cunningham scored from 17 yards out. Cooper's extra point made the score 10-7 lead at halftime.

Northeast then took the opening possession of the second half in for a score when Jerrard Randall scored from 11 yards out. Cooper's extra point extended the lead to 17-7.

The Bulldogs special teams then got involved in the scoring when the Tigers snapped the ball over Cooper's head on a punt and Terrious Triplett jumped on it in the endzone for a touchdown. Ballard's extra point made the score 17-14 in the third. Late in the game, the Bulldogs had their chance to either tie the game or take a lead whenJammie Jamison caused a fumble of Cunningham at the Northeast 30, and Richard Mitchellscooped it up and returned to the Tiger 16. Three losses on running plays made the Bulldogs have a fourth down and 32 from the Tiger 39. Nick Johnson intercepted James Ayers at the Tiger 15 and returned it all the way to the Bulldog 38. Northeast then ran the clock out from there to pick up the win.

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