Holmes Ends Season With Win

BOONEVILLE, Miss. --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs ended their 2001 football campaign here Thursday night but not without taking the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers with them.

Coming into the game, Northeast was poised for the playoffs if they beat the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were to have none of that and beat the Tigers going away 35-21. The Bulldogs finished the season at 4-5 and 4-2 in the North Division while Northeast fell to 3-6 and 3-3 in the North Division. The Bulldogs finished third in the division behind Mississippi Delta and Northwest.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind two touchdown passes from Bulldog sophomore quarterback Chuck Darbonne. Darbonne connected with Michael Antonini with 3:30 left in the quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass and then later connected with Reginald Haralson on a nine-yard touchdown pass with 2:23 left in the quarter. Freshman kicker Matt Jones nailed both extra points.

Both Bulldog touchdowns in the first quarter were set up by Tiger turnovers. Antonini's score came after Bulldog sophomore defensive back Alan Washington intercepted Tiger quarterback Ramon Burse at the Tiger 32. The Bulldogs then ran two plays before Darbonne hit Antonini in the right end zone for the score.

The touchdown to Haralson was set up after sophomore defensive lineman Everett Howard picked up a Tiger fumble at the Tiger 16. The Bulldogs ran two running plays before Darbonne found Haralson in the left corner of the end zone for the score.

Northeast's first score came with 12:49 left in the second quarter when Burse hit Robert Dawson on an eight-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers got the ball deep in Bulldog territory when Harold James intercepted a Shelton Richardson pass at the Bulldog 36. The Tigers ran six running plays before Burse found Dawson in the end zone. Hal Kerstetter nailed the extra point to bring the Tigers within seven at 14-7.

Late in the quarter the Tigers started a drive from their own 11 and marched in for the score with 44 seconds left in the first half. Bryant Tynes broke through the Bulldog line from 10 yards out. Kerstetter's point tied the score at 14 just before half.

Early in the third quarter the Bulldogs got a big score from sophomore running back Marvin Vaughan. Vaughan broke loose at the 40 and never looked back scoring from 60 yards out. Jones' kick put the Bulldogs up 21-14.

The Bulldogs then went up 28-14 early in the fourth quarter when Darbonne scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. Jones' kick was good. Mid-way the fourth quarter, Washington intercepted another Tiger pass. This time he intercepted Burse at the Bulldog 35 and ran some 65 yards for the touchdown. Jones' kick put the Bulldogs up 35-14.

Northeast scored a late touchdown in the game when Burse found Dawson again, this time from six yards out. Kerstetter's kick ended the scoring at 35-21. Darbonne led the Bulldogs in rushing with 68 yards on nine carries and a touchdown while Vaughan had 63 yards on four carries and a touchdown.

Brian Thomas had two catches for 23 yards while Trey Gant had two for 21, Wayne Blaylock two for 17, Michael Antonini two for 18, Haralson two for 14, and Kenmaterial Woods one for nine.


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