POPLARVILLE – Hinds Community College jumped all over Pearl River with two big pass plays in the first quarter and never looked back, as the Eagles defeated Pearl River 35-7 Thursday, spoiling the Wildcats’ 2015 home opener at Dobie Holden Stadium.
Hinds, ranked 15th in this week’s NJCAA poll, improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the South Division; PRCC dropped to 1-2 and 0-1.
“Mental errors are hard to overcome, especially when they result in touchdowns,” said PRC coach William Jones. “I was proud of the team, they played a lot better in the second half. We’ve just got to get some things going on offense.”
The Eagles scored on pass plays of 29 yards to DeJarvis Chambers and 48 yards to Bryant McDuffie to grab a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Hinds needed just three plays to go 64 yards on their first possession, after a Wildcat punt, then drove 79 yards on just five plays on their second possession.
“We can’t keep giving up big plays on offense, and that’s been a problem the past two week,” Jones said. “We’ve got to get that fixed.”
Hinds added touchdown runs of 1 yard by quarterback Jaquez Parks and 3 yards by Tyus Raine in the second period to take a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime. The Eagles added a 1-yard scoring run by Brian King in the third quarter.
The Eagles’ defense made life miserable for Wildcat quarterback Mack Lowrie, who was sacked four times, and Lowrie was also victimized by a pair of fumbles on a bad snap and an errant pitch for a total of 63 yards in losses.
Pearl River scored a late touchdown on an 8-yard run by back-up quarterback Matt Williams in the fourth quarter. Williams played the entire second half in relief of Lowrie.
“We wanted to give (Williams) a good look,” Jones said.
“We weren’t getting the execution we wanted on offense. Matt’s worked really hard and we wanted to give him an opportunity to show what he could do. When the offense isn’t clicking, sometimes you have to make a change.”
In all, the Eagles held the Wildcats to a net of 107 yards of offense, most of it coming from freshman tailback Darious Leggett, who rushed 10 times for 62 yards.
On defense, sophomore Stevie Scott had a pair of interceptions for PRCC, and the Wildcats sacked Parks four times.
Pearl River will be back in action next Thursday, when it travels to Ellisville to face Jones County in the annual Cat Fight.PRCC GAME SUMMARYThursday at Poplarville
Hinds 35, Pearl River 7
Hinds 14 14 7 0 — 35
PRCC 0 0 0 7 — 7First Quarter
H – DeJarvis Chambers 29 pass from Jaquez Parks (Mason Sollie kick), 12:14 (3 plays/64 yards/:52 possession).
H – Bryant McDuffie 48 pass from Parks (Sollie kick), 6:15 (5/79/1:39).Second Quarter
H – Parks 1 run (Sollie kick), 13:41 (6/22/2:41).
H – Tyus Raine 3 run (Sollie kick), 1:46 (7/62/2:35).Third Quarter
H – Brian King 1 run (Sollie kick), 5:44 (8/59/2:09).Fourth Quarter
PR –Matt Williams 8 run (Brennan O’Keefe kick), 3:02 (13/69/5:34).TEAM STATISTICS H PR
First downs 23 9
Total yards 386 107
Rushes-yards 40-151 29-9
Passing yards 235 98
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 7-70 10-76
Punts-avg 4-30.8 8-37.0INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRushing
Hinds – Tyus Raine 11-62, Brian King 13-61, D.J. Sims 6-24, Bryant McDuffie 1-6, Jaquez Parks 9-(-2) Pearl River – Darious Leggett 10-62, Kevon Marsh 3-12, Matt Williams 5-2, Carlos Ransburgh 5-(-4), Mack Lowrie 6-(-63).Passing
Hinds – Jaquez Parks 15-30-2-235; Pearl River – Mack Lowrie 7-16-1-78, Matt Williams 2-13-20-0.Receiving
Hinds – Javon Wims 4-28, Jahmmir Taylor 3-23, DeJarvis Chambers 2-66, Bryant McDuffie 2-53, John McInnis 1-37, Tyus Raine 1-16, Donovan Carter 1-15, D.J. Sims 1-(-3); Pearl River – Joronnie Hinton 2-30, Cameron Bolton 2-21, Anthony Jones 2-16, Carlos Ransburgh 1-18, Darious Leggett 1-9, Will Inlow 1-4.