Playoff hopes dashed by the Indians, 42-27
By Steve Diffey
Sports Information Director
Holmes Community College
FULTON --- Hopes of the Holmes Community College Bulldogs making the 2011 state football playoffs ended Thursday as the Itawamba Indians defeated the Bulldogs, 42-27.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 2-5 on the season and 2-2 in the North Division and will play Northwest Mississippi Community College next Saturday in Senatobia at 2 p.m. The can be heard on 101.1 FM, 100.1 FM, 103.9 FM, breezynews.com or wyab.com.
The Holmes Community College Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first in the game on a 26-yard run from Jacorie Ousley with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Mitchell Huff's kick was good making the score 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs increased the score to 14-0 with 12:02 left in the first half when Ladarius Redditt scored from seven yards out.
Itawamba got their first score of the game with 8:22 left in the second quarter when Keon McGaughy scored from seven yards out. Will Goodwin's extra point made the score 14-7.
Minutes later, Huff nailed a 35-yard field goal with 6:08 left in the second quarter. Jacorie Ousley set the field goal up by taking an Itawamba kickoff all the way to the Indian 19.
The Indians finished their first half scoring when Erik Buchanan caught a six yard pass from Canden Dallas with 1:32 to go. Goodwin's extra point made the score 17-14 just before halftime.
On the Bulldogs' opening drive of the second half, Itawamba's Martrez Townes intercepted Bulldog quarterback Matt Hamner and raced in for the touchdown from 43 yards out. Goodwin's kick help stake Itawamba to their first lead of the game, one they would never relinquish.
The Indians increased the lead to 28-20 after McGaughy ran untouched 46 yards for the touchdown. Goodwin's kick made the score, 28-20.
The Bulldogs then pulled the game tight late in the third when Redditt scored his second touchdown, this one from five yards out. Huff's kick made the score 28-27.
The Indians took the 35-27 lead with 10:47 left in the game when Dallas connected to Buchanan again, this time from two yards out. Goodwin's kick was good.
The Indians scored the final time on a three-yard run by Deshawn McGaughy Goodwin's kick was good to end all scoring at 42-27.
Redditt led the Bulldogs with 31 carries for 175 yards. Ousley had nine carries for 57 yards. Hamner went 12-of-21 for 123 yards and three interceptions. Jonathan Rumph was the leading receiver with six catches for 101 yards.