BOONEVILLE, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College won its season and home opener for the second consecutive season after defeating Holmes Community College 35-10 on Thursday, October 1 at Tiger Stadium.
Northeast scored in every facet of the game, including a fumble recovery in the end zone by Scott Norphlet on a failed punt attempt by the Bulldogs that gave the Tigers an early 7-0 advantage.
Carter Bonds added a defensive touchdown during his Northeast (1-0, 1-0) debut with a scoop-and-score of 20 yards in the third quarter.
The Tigers took a 14-3 lead into the halftime locker room after Andison Coby caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from JT Moore with less than one minute to go in the second period.
Kevin Hurley and Moore both threw touchdown passes in the second half. Hurley, the starter, found Cam Coleman for a 64-yard connection while Moore accounted for the final points of the contest with a 15-yard strike to Dallas Payne.
Both signal callers threw for over 100 yards and were a combined 18 of 27 through the air. Shawn Dalton Weatherbee topped Northeast on the ground with 94 yards on nine touches.
The Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1) were led by running back Devontaye Bankston, who had 94 yards on 19 carries. The Tigers out-gained Holmes and its option offense 418-215.
Northeast 35, Holmes 10
Holmes 0 3 0 7 - 10
Northeast 7 7 14 7 - 35
NE - Scott Norphlet 0 fumble recovery (John Ellis Murrah kick), 4:55.
H - Blake Backel 40 FG, 11:09.
NE - Andison Coby 29 pass from JT Moore (Murrah kick), 0:35.
NE - Carter Bonds 20 fumble recovery (Murrah kick), 12:56.
NE - Cam Coleman 64 pass from Kevin Hurley (Murrah kick), 6:58.
H - Walter Ivory 14 run (Backel kick), 13:10.
NE - Dallas Payne 15 pass from Moore (Murrah kick), 11:35.
Records: Holmes 0-1 (0-1), Northeast 1-0 (1-0).