Holmes Rushes to Win over East Central

DECATUR --- Defense and special teams proved to the difference for the Holmes Community College Bulldogs in Thursday's season opening football game here against East Central Community College.After trailing 6-3 at halftime, the Bulldogs put up 14 quick points, six from a 91-yard kickoff return and six from a 66-yard fumble recovery. The Bulldogs went on to add 10 points in the fourth quarter to win going away.

The East Central Warriors got on the scoreboard first in the contest as Ramon Williams broke loose on a 12-yard run with 8:42 left in the first half. The extra point attempt was blocked giving EC the early 6-0 lead.

The Bulldogs then got the ball late in the first half and marched all the way to the four yard line before the drive stalled. Sophomore kicker Matt Jones then trotted on to nail a 22-yard field goal with four seconds left in the half narrowing East Central's lead to 6-3.

East Central kicked off to the Bulldogs in the second half and sophomore kick returner Terrance Fleming wasted no time putting six on the board as he took the kick and raced some 91-yard untouched down the home team sidelines. Jones' kick was good making the score 10-6 with nearly a whole third quarter left to play.

Later in the third quarter, the Warriors drove to the Bulldog 26 before having to attempt a 42-yard field goal. A Bulldog defender blew through the offensive line to block the attempt from Jacob Swayze.

After Swayze's ball landed behind the line of scrimmage, Warrior quarterback Kevin Stephens attempted to field the ball and run. Instead he fumbled and Bulldog sophomore defender Larry Washington fielded the fumble at the 34 and raced some 66 yards for the Bulldog score. Jones' kick was again true making the score 17-6 with 11:18 left in the third.

The Warriors ended their scoring in the third quarter as Michael Wells picked a deflected Bo Bradberry pass from mid-air and raced 43 yards for the score. The two-point conversion failed making the score 17-12 with 4:33 left in the third.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs added three more points from Jones as he nailed a field goal from 33 yards out. The kick made the score 20-12 with 13:05 left in the game.

The Bulldogs added another score late in the fourth quarter with 4:41 left when Bradberry scored from a yard out. Jones' kick ended all scoring at 27-12.

Bulldog sophomore Shelton Richardson led all Bulldog rushers with 65 yards on 14 carries. Bradberry added 30 yards on nine carries and Michael Antonini had 26 yards on 4 carries.

The Bulldogs return to action at home on Thursday, September 12, against the Southwest Bears. Gametime is 7 p.m.

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