Bulldogs fall to Tigers, 26-21

GOODMAN --- For some reason, the Coahoma Community College Tigers have had the Holmes Community College Bulldogs' number the last three of four seasons. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs here, 26-21, Thursday night in the North Division finale for the Bulldogs.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 2-4 overall and play Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ras Branch Field.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard first on an 8-yard pass from Omair Avant to Chasio Thomas. The two-point pass failed giving the Tigers the 6-0 lead with 14:56 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs then scored with 11:39 left in the second quarter as sophomore quarterback Jerimy Watson found Jason Evern on an 11-yard touchdown strike. Matthew Powell's extra point put the Bulldogs up 7-6.

On the Tigers' next possession, a Bulldog defender blocked a Tiger punt at the Coahoma 45. On second and 18 from the Bulldog 47, Watson found LeMarcus Russell, who made a juggling catch into the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown with 3:35 left in the first half. Powell's kick put the Bulldogs up 14-6.

The Tigers answered the Bulldog score as Avant found Cassanova Wooten on a 34-yard touchdown with 1:08 left in the second quarter. The two-point pass failed giving the Bulldogs the 14-12 halftime lead.

Coahoma scored mid ways the third quarter as Avant connected with Cedric Harris on a 20-yard touchdown. The two-point from Avant to Corey Kizer as good to give the Tigers the 20-14 lead with 6:49 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers then scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Monte Coleman intercepted a Watson pass and raced some 46 yards untouched for a touchdown. The two-point pass failed giving the Tigers the 26-12 lead.

Holmes added a touchdown late as sophomore fullback Eric Hoskins scored from three yards out with 37 seconds remaining in the game. Powell's ended all scoring.

Watson finished the night with 18-of-38 with two touchdowns and three interceptions for 211 yards. Russell led the Bulldogs with three catches for 68 yards while Da'Varius Jackson had 64 yards on five catches.

Dominique Thompson led the Tigers with 139 yards on 47 carries. Avant finished the night 17-of-26 for 247 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Thomas had six catches for 91 yards.


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