Bulldog freshman kicker Cole Ballard kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the game to lift the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to a 17-14 win over the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers here Saturday on Homecoming.
With the win, the Bulldogs went to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the North Division. Holmes travels to Hinds on Thursday night in a non-division game at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Bulldog Football Network at breezynews.com or 100.1 FM, 101.1 FM or 103.9 FM or watched live at hindsccsports.com.
Holmes took the lead in the game in the first quarter when Percy O’Bannon scored from five yards out with 4:14 to go in the first quarter. Ballard’s extra point put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
Northwest then tied the game with 4:41 left in the second quarter when Karsten Miller connected on a six-yard touchdown pass to Damian Baker. Matt Bratton’s extra point was good.
The Rangers then took the 14-7 lead with 4:55 to go in the third when Miller scampered in from 11 yards out. Bratton’s kick was good.
Holmes tied the game with 5:12 to go in the game when James Ayers connected with Michael Brown from 21 yards out. Ballard’s kick was good.
The Bulldog defense then stopped the Rangers late in the fourth quarter as Lyndon Johnson tackled Baker for a one yard loss back to the Ranger 14 and then on third down Eric Hilton sacked Miller all the way back to the Ranger 11 forcing a punt.
After the punt, Holmes started their drive from the Ranger 42. On second down, Ayers scampered 17 yards to the Northwest 23. The Bulldogs got another first down at the Ranger 11 and stalled from that point when Ballard nailed the game-winning field goal.