No. 11 Bobcats fall to Coahoma
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-10 13:43:03
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
CLARKSDALE – The 11th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats piled up 449 yards of offense and yielded only 300 yards to homestanding Coahoma Community College here Thursday night at James Miller Stadium.
But the Tigers converted several big plays along the way and edged the Bobcats, 26-24. It marked the first time in 19 attempts for Coahoma to defeat JCJC on the gridiron.
The Bobcats never led in the game, but had a chance for victory at the end when freshman defensive back Antonio Parker recovered an onside kick at JCJC’s 47-yard line in the final minute of play. But two plays later, Coahoma’s Charles Harris came up with a pass interception and sealed the victory for the Tigers.
JCJC received a standout performance from Greene County freshman backup quarterback Mitchell Brown. Brown completed 23-of-31 passes for 248 yards, rushed 19 times for 71 yards and scored two touchdowns. He accounted for 319 yards of total offense.
Bobcat starting quarterback Tromarcus Toney and wide receiver Jonathan Ducksworth were suspended and did not play because of a violation of team rules.
Coahoma wasted little time in taking the lead.
After stopping JCJC on the game’s first series, the Tigers’ Fred Plummer fielded Bobcat Slater Smith’s 51-yard punt on his own 14-yard line. Plummer avoided several defenders, stayed to his right and raced 86 yards for a touchdown. Trent Williams’ extra point gave Coahoma a 7-0 lead with 11:11 showing in the first quarter.
The Bobcats took the ensuing kickoff and drove from their own 28 to the Tiger 37. The drive stalled and Oak Grove freshman Dylan Sobiesk came on and booted what is believed to be a school-record, 54-yard field goal with 6:15 showing to trim the lead to 7-3.
Two possessions later, Coahoma started a drive at its own 26. Six plays later, running back Courtney Vaughn took a handoff to his left, broke through the line and raced 43 yards for a touchdown. Jo’nal White blocked the extra point and Jared Quinn returned it out to the Jones’ 30. That made the scored 13-3 with 10:37 left in the first half.
But the Bobcats came right back. They marched 78 yards in 11 plays, capped by a Brown 5-yard run on a keeper to his right. Sobiesk’s conversion made it 13-10 with 4:39 left in the second quarter.
JCJC had an opportunity to tie the game when they drove from their own 30 to the Tiger 13 in eight plays. But Sobiesk’s 30-yard field goal attempt was wide right on the final play of the half.
Coahoma came out quickly to start the second half.
The Tigers took the kickoff and moved 77 yards in five plays. This time, Vaughn took a handoff to his left and bolted 39 yards for a score. Williams’ extra point put Coahoma ahead 20-10 with 12:21 left in the third quarter.
Again, the Bobcats responded.
They took the Tiger kickoff and marched 71 yards in eight plays. Brown converted a fourth-and-4 at the Coahoma 41 with a 30-yard pass to Wayne County freshman Malik Lofton. On the next play, Brown kept to his left and scored from 11 yards away. The Sobiesk conversion cut the lead to 20-17 with 8:17 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers had a chance to increase the lead when Harris blocked a ‘rugby-style’ punt by Smith and Coahoma took over on the Jones’ 31. But four plays later, the Tigers would fumble and JCJC recovered at their own 17 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.
Midway through the final quarter, JCJC had a promising drive.
They drove from their 25 to the Coahoma 37. On first down, Tiger Powell carried to his left for four yards, but fumbled the ball and Coahoma’s Keith Reynolds recovered at his own 33 with 4:52 left to play.
Five plays later, Tiger quarterback Garrick Jones hooked up with Plummer on an ‘over-the-shoulder’ 20-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, but Coahoma led 26-17 with 2:00 to play.
The Bobcats, however, refused to go away.
Baton Rouge, La., freshman Deuce Coon returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards to his own 43. Seven plays later, Bay Springs’ sophomore Justin Gaines scored on 2-yard run. The score was set up by a 39-yard completion from Brown to Laurel sophomore Kylan Pollard. Sobiesk’s conversion made it 26-24 with 55 seconds left.
JCJC then executed the onside kick to perfection.
Sobiesk kicked the ball to his right, got the perfect hop and Parker came up with the recovery with :50 left. But two plays later, Harris came up with the interception and clinched the game for Coahoma.
In addition to Brown, the Bobcats had several players pile up impressive numbers.
Powell, a Lake City, Fla., freshman, had 13 carries for 73 yards. Pollard had six receptions for 65 yards, Warner Robins, Ga., freshman Rashad Wynes had three catches for 64 yards and Lofton had four catches for 57 yards.
Vaughn had 19 carries for 171 yards for Coahoma, while Hollis Moore II had seven catches for 75 yards. Plummer had five receptions for 47 yards to go with 103 return yards. Jones was 14-of-25 through the air for 137 yards.
The Bobcats tallied 24 first downs, 248 yards through the air and 201 yards on 42 attempts on the ground. The Tigers had 163 yards rushing on 25 carries and 137 yards passing.
JCJC turned the ball over three times, compared to once for Coahoma.
The Bobcats, 1-1, will play their first home game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. JCJC will host third-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the South Division opener for both teams. The Bulldogs blasted Mississippi Delta, 52-0, on Thursday.
Fans can watch the game at www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman calling the play-by-play and Mark Easley providing commentary. The game will also air on the “Bobcat Football Network” on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, out of Hattiesburg and on WOSM-FM, 103.1, out of Ocean Springs. Airtime will be 6:30 p.m.
Coahoma begins North Division play by hosting Holmes on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Coahoma 26, Jones County 24
Thursday, Sept. 9
At James Miller Stadium
Jones County 3 7 7 7 – 24
Coahoma 7 6 7 6 – 26
24 FD 14
42-201 Rushes-Yards 25-163
23-31-1 Att-Comp-Int 14-25-0
248 Passing Yards 137
449 Total Offense 300
4-20 Penalties-Yards 2-10
3-40.3 Punts-Ave. 3-29.0
4-2 Fumbles-Lost 1-1
54 Return yardage 174
1st quarter – Coahoma, Fred Plummer 86-yard punt return, 11:11. Trent Williams PAT. Coahoma 7-0.
1st quarter – JCJC, Dylan Sobiesk 54-yard field goal, 6:15. Coahoma 7-3.
2nd quarter – Coahoma, Courtney Vaughn, 43-yard run, 10:37. PAT blocked. Coahoma 13-3.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Mitchell Brown 5-yard run, 4:39. Sobiesk PAT. Coahoma 13-10.
3rd quarter – Coahoma, Vaughn 39-yard run, 12:21. Williams PAT. Coahoma 20-10.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Brown 11-yard run, 8:17. Sobiesk PAT. Coahoma 20-17.
4th quarter – Coahoma, Plummer 20-yard reception from Garrick Jones, 2:00. PAT blocked. Coahoma 26-17.
4th quarter – JCJC, Justin Gaines 2-yard run, :55. Sobiesk PAT.
Jones – Tiger Powell 13-73; Brown 19-71; Gaines 7-38; DeAnthony Pickens 2-14; Calvin McDougle 1-5.
Coahoma – Vaughn 19-171; Henry Hampton 1-(-) 1; G. Jones 5-(-7).
Jones – Brown 23-31-1 for 248 yards.
MDCC – G. Jones 14-25-0 for 137 yards
Jones – Kylan Pollard 6-65; Rashad Wynes 3-64; Malik Lofton 4-57; Deuce Coon 4-37; Gaines 3-13; Powell 2-7; Keghan Livingston 1-5.
Coahoma– Hollis Moore II 7-75; Plummer 5-47; Rishunn McCaled 2-15.
Jones – Deuce Coon 2 kickoff returns for 51 yards; Livingston 1 kickoff return for 0 yards; Antonio Parker 1 kickoff return for 9 yards and 1 punt return for minus 6 yards.
Coahoma – Plummer 2 punt returns for 103 yards; Vaughn 3 kickoff returns for 48 yards; Hampton 1 kickoff return for 20 yards; Charles Harris 1 int return for 3 yards.