GOODMAN --- The No. 3 ranked Holmes Community College Bulldogs fell behind early and were never able to catch up to the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers after halftime as Northwest won, 33-13, here Thursday night.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the North Division. Holmes travels to East Mississippi next Thursday at 7 p.m. in another North Division contest. You can listen to the game on the Bulldog Radio Network starting with pregame at 6:30 p.m.
The Rangers took a 7-0 lead with 5:30 to play in the first quarter when Jack Abraham connected with JaVonta Payton on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Drake McCarter's extra point was good.
The Rangers increased the lead to 13-0 with 4:22 to play in the second quarter when Cole Rotenberry scored on a 26-yard pass from Abraham. The extra point was no good, and Holmes trailed 13-0.
The Bulldog defense got Holmes on the scoreboard with 1:35 left before halftime when Martavious Adams intercepted Abraham and raced 61 yards untouched down the home sidelines. Connor McKay's extra point was good, and Holmes trailed 13-7 at halftime.
Northwest added another score in the third quarter when Monta Thomas scored on a two-yard run. McCarter's extra point was good, and Northwest led 20-7 with 5:39 left in the quarter.
Thomas then scored again for the Rangers with 14:53 left to play in the game from 48 yards out. McCarter's extra point was no good, and Northwest led 26-7.
The Rangers final score came with 11:39 when Payton caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Abraham. The extra point was good, and Northwest led 33-7.
The Bulldogs ended with 321 total yards, 206 yards on the ground. Cameryn Brent had 12 carries for 85 yards.
Sheppard Jones and Quindarrius Whitley each had nine tackles with Jones adding a tackle for loss. Lorenzo McCaskill had eight tackles while Tyshon Spencer had seven tackles with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.