Hinds Community College lived up to its national ranking as the No. 20 Eagles cruised to a 48-14 victory over East Central Community College Thursday in Raymond.

EC's Warriors fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in division play following the MACJC South Division matchup, while Hinds improved to 3-2 and 1-2.

The Eagles led 28-0 at halftime and held a 34-0 third-quarter advantage when East Central tallied its first points of the night on sophomore running back Martin's Johnson's 27-yard scamper with six seconds remaining in the stanza.

Johnson's score capped a six-play, 45-yard drive and provided the first score of the season for the Nanih Waiya High School product.

Sophomore kicker Austin Franklin of Petal added the PAT.

East Central's other score came with 4:54 left in the contest, when freshman quarterback Jacori Taylor and freshman wide receiver Jimmy Cockrell hooked up on a 19-yard scoring pass play, capping a seven play, 38-yard march set up by a Hinds fumble during a punt attempt.

Taylor is a product of Early County High School in Blakely, Ga.

Cockrell hails from Columbus High School. Franklin added the PAT.

Hinds took control early in the contest on Gregory Foster's four-yard TD run and Diante Thomas' 12-yard touchdown strike to Desmond Anderson during first-period action. Joseph Houston booted both PATs.

JaDerrick Farrow led the EC defense with five tackles and two assists.

Other top tacklers included freshman defensive back Darrion Burnside of Neshoba Central, two tackles and two assists.

Next up for EC is a division matchup with Jones County Junior College scheduled Thursday, Oct. 3.

­Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.