Bobcats seek to rebound vs. unbeaten and 15th-ranked Wolves
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-21 14:45:52
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It’s not like the opposition is manhandling the Jones County Junior College Bobcats.
In fact, head coach Eddie Pierce believes the Bobcats should be undefeated at this point of the season.
““I think we should be 3-0 right now, but we are not,” he said on Tuesday afternoon in the Bobcat Fieldhouse. “We are 1-2. We’ve just got to find a way to finish a game.”
The Bobcats dropped a 26-24 decision two weeks ago to Coahoma Community College. Last week, they led Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 24-14 midway through the second quarter, but ended up dropping a 31-24 contest. The victory enabled Gulf Coast to move up to No. 1 in the country in this week’s NJCAA poll.
This week, the Bobcats turn their attention to another solid team.
JCJC, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the South Division, visits unbeaten and 15th-ranked Co-Lin Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The Wolves enter the game at 3-0 overall, 1-0 in division play. Co-Lin is coming off a 30-17 victory over Hinds.
“They definitely have a good football team,” Pierce said of the Wolves. “They are big, strong and fast and we need to be ready to play.”
In last week’s game, the Bobcats piled up 250 yards of offense in the first half and had 13 first downs. But they only netted 12 yards and two first downs in the second half.
Still, they had their chances against the Bulldogs.
“We played hard, but we just did not finish the game,” said Pierce. “After going back and looking at the film, I felt we should have won the game. You just can’t make mistakes against good football teams.”
JCJC quarterback Tromarcus Toney connected on 19-of-33 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Rashad Wynes had five receptions for 39 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception from Toney. Tight end Keghan Livingston had a 25-yard scoring reception from Toney. Running back DeAnthony Pickens carried the ball eight times for 50 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run.
Linebackers Santonio Jones and Kewon Hunter, along with defensive back Roderick McCullum, had several tackles and cornerback Antonio Parker grabbed his second interception of the season.
But for the second consecutive week, the Bobcats allowed a long punt return for a touchdown, which hurt their chances considerably. Two weeks ago, Fred Plummer returned a punt 86 yards for a score for Coahoma.
Last week, Gulf Coast’s Otis Jacobs had a 75-yard punt return for a score early in the third quarter, which tied the game and gave momentum to the Bulldogs.
“You can’t give up punt returns for touchdowns against anybody and we have worked extremely hard in practice to correct that,” said Pierce.
But Pierce did see several bright spots in last week’s game.
“The offense came out and moved the ball really well,” he said. “I was proud of them. I was proud of the whole team, but we’ve just got to keep working.”
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround this week, playing on just five days of rest. Co-Lin has had a full week of preparation, having played last Thursday.
But Pierce said the Bobcats would be ready.
“We did not do much Sunday, but practice went well yesterday (Monday), I thought,” he said. “We are going to have a good day today and we will do a few things tomorrow.”
Co-Lin is off to one of its best starts in years.
They currently lead the state in scoring defense, allowing just 10.6 points per game. Offensively, they are averaging over 30 points per game.
Defensive ends Terrance Coleman (6-2, 250) and Roland Dampeer (6-1, 245), defensive tackle Bo Tillman (6-6, 275) and linebacker Joe Mays (6-2, 235) are among the top defenders in the state. Co-Lin defensive back Calvin Jones had 11 tackles, one sack and an interception in last week’s victory.
Running back Titus Mobley (5-10, 195) of Groveland, Fla., rushed 18 times for 160 yards and a touchdown last week for the Wolves. Running back Montrell Conner (6-2, 220) transferred from Mississippi State University to Co-Lin at the start of the fall semester.
“They have not given up a lot of points and they have scored a bunch,” said Pierce. “They are very good, but I think we’ve got a good football team, too.”
The game is huge for the Bobcats. Pierce knows an 0-2 division start would be a difficult thing to overcome.
“It’s a big game and we’ve got to get back on the winning track,” he said. “It’s a South Division game and we need to win. We dug ourselves a hole and we’ve got to bounce back.”
The game will air (audio only) on www.jcjc.tv and on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman doing play-by-play and Mark Easley providing commentary. Airtime will be at 6:30 p.m.
In addition, the game will be webstreamed on the Co-Lin website at www.colinathletics.com.
Next week, the Bobcats return home for a Thursday, Sept. 30, game vs. Holmes Community College. The Wolves will go on the road next Thursday to face Southwest Mississippi Community College.
- JCJC is tied for sixth in scoring offense, averaging 27.3 points per game and is fourth in scoring defense, allowing 20 points per game. Co-Lin is fourth in scoring offense, averaging 30.3 points per game and leads the state in scoring defense, allowing 10.6 points per game.
- JCJC is sixth in rushing offense with 136.3 yards per game, fifth in passing offense with 211.0 yards per game and eighth in total offense with 347.3 yards per game. Co-Lin is fifth in rushing offense with 162.7 yards per game, 10th in passing offense with 159.7 yards per game and 10th in total offense with 322.3 yards per game.
- JCJC is ninth in rushing defense, allowing 157.0 yards per game, second in passing defense at 143.0 yards per game and sixth in total defense at 300.0 yards per game. Co-Lin is second in rushing defense, allowing 73.3 yards per game, third in passing defense at 143.7 yards per game and second in total defense at 217.0 yards per game.
- JCJC is third in turnover margin at +4, while Co-Lin is tied for first at +5.
- JCJC’s DeAnthony Pickens is tied for eighth in scoring (non-kickers) with 18 points. Co-Lin’s Titus Mobley is tied for first with 24 points and Fred Fuller is tied for eighth with 18 points.
- JCJC’s Tromarcus Toney is seventh in passing with 192.5 yards per game and Co-Lin’s Percy Turner is 10th with 159.7 yards per game.
- Co-Lin’s Mobley is third in rushing, averaging 97.3 yards per game.
- JCJC’s Deuce Coon and Co-Lin’s Fuller are tied for 10th in receiving with 4.0 catches per game.
- JCJC’s Slater Smith leads the state in punting, averaging 42.5 yards per kick. Co-Lin’s Justin Danise is fourth, averaging 36.3 yards per kick.
- JCJC’s Dylan Sobiesk leads the state in scoring by kickers with 22 points. Co-Lin’s Danise is fifth with 16 points.
- JCJC’s Coon is eighth in kickoff returns with a 22.2 yards per return average.
- JCJC’s Antonio Parker is tied for third in interceptions with two. Co-Lin’s Calvin Jones leads the state with three interceptions, including one return for a touchdown.
- JCJC’s Anthony Wilson is tied for fifth in sacks with 1.0 per game. Co-Lin’s Terrance Coleman and Roland Dampeer are tied for second with 1.3 per game and Joe Mayes is tied for fifth with 1.0 per game.
- JCJC’s Santonio Jones is tied for 16th in tackles with 14 solos, Kewon Hunter is tied for 20th with 13 solos and Roderick McCullum is tied for 31st with 12 solo tackles. Co-Lin’s Mayes is tied for 12th with 16 solos and Jones is tied for 16th with 14 solos.