Martin Johnson's late 34-yard touchdown run avoided a shutout for the East Central Community College Warriors who were 45-7 homecoming victims of Pearl River Community College Saturday, Oct. 19 at Dobie Holden Stadium on the Poplarville campus.

Johnson's TD scamper came with 2:39 remaining and capped a 75-yard, four-play drive engineered by freshman quarterback Donnie Farmer.

Farmer quickly moved the Warriors toward the end zone with his 29-yard strike to sophomore H-back Layton Holcomb followed by a 12-yard completion to freshman wide receiver Jimmy Cockrell.

Johnson, a sophomore running back from Nanih Waiya High School, broke two tackles on his way to the end zone.

He finished the day as EC's top rusher with 45 yards on six carries.

Farmer competed 13 of 24 passes for 148 yards.

East Central fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 following the MACJC South Division battle, while the Wildcats improved to 4-4 and 2-3.

Pearl River led 14-0 after the first period and held a 28-0 advantage at halftime.

East Central hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday, Oct. 24. Kickoff for the season finale is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.

The nationally ranked Bulldogs are 7-1 overall and 4-1 in league play following their 21-7 win over Copiah-Lincoln Community College Saturday, Oct. 19.