RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College offense got back to its high-scoring ways on Thursday night in Raymond, defeating East Central Community College, 48-14, to move to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the South division.
Gregory Foster (Greenville) scored three touchdowns and Tommy McCalpin (Vicksburg) added two of his own to lead a lethal ground attack that collected 277 yards on 41 carries.
Diantae Thomas (Dothan, Ala.) filled in admirably at the quarterback position for Hinds in place of the injured James Summers, the usual Eagles starter.
Thomas finished 13-20 for 194 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception.
Foster started the scoring barrage with 9:08 to go in the opening quarter when he hammered his way into the end zone from four yards out. Joseph Houston (Pelahatchie) added the point after attempt to give Hinds the early 7-0 lead.
Thomas added to the early lead just over four minutes later when he found Desmond Anderson across the middle for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Houston PAT was good and Hinds now led, 14-0, with 5:05 to go in the first.
McCalpin scored his first of two touchdowns from four yards out with 3:29 left before halftime to extend the Hinds lead to 21-0 after the Houston point after was good.
Sky Logan (Natchez) picked off an East Central pass on the following possession to set up the Eagles in prime position for the score, and Thomas did not disappoint, finding Robert Lockhart (Delray Beach, Fla.) from 28 yards out on the first play for the score.
Houston striped the PAT to put the Eagles ahead, 28-0, with 1:30 left, and the score would remain this way heading into the locker room.
With 6:32 left in the third quarter, Foster once again found his way into the end zone, this time from one yard out. However, the point after was blocked, and Hinds now led, 34-0.
East Central finally got on the board with just six seconds to go in the third quarter when Martin Johnson scored on a seven-yard run. Austin Franklin’s point after was good and the score was now, 34-7, in favor of Hinds.
Foster added his third and final touchdown of the night with 12:40 remaining in the final quarter when he rumbled in from 11 yards out. The Houston PAT was perfect and the score was now reversed, 41-14.
The Warriors picked up their final score of the evening with 4:54 left when quarterback Jacori Taylor connected with Jimmy Cockrell on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Franklin added the point after and the Hinds lead was cut to 41-14.
The final touchdown came with 1:57 left in the game when McCalpin found pay dirt for the second time on the evening, this time from 41 yards out. Houston’s PAT was good and the final score was put to rest, 48-14.
Foster finished with 13 carries for 90 yards and three touchdowns and McCalpin had five carries for 77 yards and two scores to lead the rushing attack.
Damion Blue (Clarksdale) led the Eagles defense with five solo tackles and four assists, along with picking up a ½ sack.
Erin Brown (Monroe, La.) had two sacks on the evening, while teammates Michael Ross (Taylorsville) and Joshua Tyler (Benoit) each collected in a sack to lead the Hinds defense, which allowed only 255 total yards (197 rushing, 58 passing) on Thursday night.
Neil Murphy (Holly Springs), normally the Eagles’ long snapper, played the linebacker position during the second half and came away with his first career interception with 1:13 to go in the fourth quarter.
Hinds will return to game action on Saturday night, traveling to Summit to take on Southwest Community College in a South division matchup. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.