SENATOBIA --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs put up nearly 600 yards of offense on 90 plays here Saturday afternoon against the No. 5-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College and held a 40-39 lead with 37 seconds to play, but the Rangers drove down in the final seconds and hit a 35-yard field goal to take the 42-40 victory away from the Bulldogs.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 2-4 on the season and 1-2 in the North Division. Holmes hosts East Mississippi on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Goodman. You can watch the game live at www.holmesccmedia.com or listen on the Bulldog Football Network on breezynews.com, 101.1 FM, 100.1 FM or 103.9 FM.
Thursday is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night and High School Night. Any high school student wearing their school shirt will be admitted free to the game.
The Bulldogs took the 40-39 lead when freshman quarterback Dejerric Bryant scampered in from 10 yards out too tie the game at 39. An unsportsmanlike penalty against the Bulldogs forced the Bulldogs to attempt a 35-yard extra point, and freshman kicker Kyle Settlemir punched it through to give the Bulldogs the one-point lead with 37 seconds to play.
On fourth and 10 from the Holmes 39, the Rangers completed a pass to the Holmes 18 before Jim Speights came on to attempt the field goal with four seconds left. Despite Speights not getting a solid kick, it found its way through the uprights for the win.
Holmes started the game off with a one-yard touchdown by Bryant. The extra point was no good, and Holmes led 6-0 with 12:49 left in the first quarter.
The Rangers answered quickly on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good, and Northwest led 7-6 with 11:10 to play in the first quarter.
The Rangers then went up 10-6 with 11 seconds left in the first on a 38-yard field goal.
Northwest increased the lead to 17-6 with 4:50 to play in the second quarter when the Rangers connected on a 68-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good.
The Bulldogs answered the score with 2:45 left to play in the first half when Bryant connected with Dre Massey from 33 yards out. The extra point was good and Northwest led 17-13 at halftime.
Northwest then scored twice in the first six minutes of the third quarter. One touchdown came from a one-yard run while the other came on a Bulldog miscue when the Rangers picked up a fumble and raced in from 50 yards out. Both extra points were good, and Northwest led 31-13 with 9:08 to play in the third.
The Bulldogs scored once in the third when Aquindus Henson scored from eight yards out. Settlemir's extra point was good, and the Bulldogs cut the Rangers lead to 31-20.
Holmes came out in the fourth quarter and two scores from Treviante McDaniel gave the Bulldogs a 33-31 lead with 10:34 left in the game. McDaniel scored once from three yards out and once from 15 yards out. Settlemir was 1-of-2 on extra points after the scores.
The Rangers then retook the lead at 39-33 on a 34-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion pass with 6:53 to play in the game.
Offensively, the Bulldogs put up 598 yards, 454 of them coming on the ground. Henson finished the game with 186 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. Bryant had 133 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns and McDaniel had 37 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Bryant was 9-of-24 for 144 yards and a touchdown. Massey had four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Josiah Coatney finished with eight tackles, one sack and 1.5 TFLs. Qmond Woods had seven tackles including .5 TFL, Jamar Smith and Willie Cooper each had six tackles while Brandon Reaux, Theron Hodges, Sean Harper and Buddy Benson each had five tackles.