Bobcats attempt to snap losing skid on Thursday
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 14:31:02
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – So close and yet so far.
That is the situation with the Jones County Junior College Bobcats as they approach the midway point of the 2010 football season.
The Bobcats are 1-3 overall with those three defeats coming by a combined 15 points. The JCJC players and coaches know they are just a handful of plays away from possibly being undefeated.
But head coach Eddie Pierce said the team has to step up and make something happen when the time comes.
“We just have not made that play when we need to make it,” he said Tuesday afternoon at the Bobcat Fieldhouse.
The Bobcats will step out of division play and attempt to snap a three-game losing streak this week.
JCJC will host 0-4 Holmes Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. Fans can watch the game at www.jcjc.tv or listen at WGDQ-FM, 93.1. Lance Pittman will handle play-by-play duties and Mark Easley provides commentary. Airtime is 6:30 p.m.
Last week, the Bobcats dropped a 20-14 decision at 14th-rated Co-Lin Community College. JCJC fell behind 20-0 in the second quarter, but rallied in the second half and had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter.
Again, Pierce said it was a case of making a mistake at a critical time.
“On the opening drive last week, we had Co-Lin stopped and we make a penalty,” he said. “On the next play, we get two penalties and they go on and score. It seems like we were behind the 8-ball all night.”
The week before against top-ranked Gulf Coast, the Bobcats led 24-14 in the second quarter, but ended up losing 31-24.
“It seems we either play the first half and not the second half or play the second half and not the first,” said Pierce. “That’s something that I have to correct. I’m doing something wrong as a coach and I’ve got to correct it.”
The Bobcats whipped Mississippi Delta 34-3 in the season opener, but dropped a 26-24 decision to Coahoma the following week.
The Bobcats got a 38-yard touchdown pass from Tromarcus Toney to Deuce Coon in the third quarter and a 1-yard run by Justin Gaines with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter to pull within six points against the Wolves last week.
But they just could not make the key play down the stretch.
“When we held them deep and got the ball around their 40-yard line, I felt sure we were going to win the game,” said Pierce. “But we get down there and make an illegal procedure. We go from third and two (at the CL 15) to third and seven.
“We don’t get the first down and then we try to kick the field goal, which I thought was good. At the end of the day, we just did not make the plays we had to make to win the game. We’ve got to get that turned around this week.”
Toney ended the game with 212 yards passing, while Kylan Pollard had 98 yards receiving and Coon had 95. DeAnthony Pickens had 34 yards on the ground and LeRoyce Keyes had a fumble recovery.
Holmes, meanwhile, fell to Northeast 35-20 last week. The Bulldogs have lost 21-20 to Southwest, 28-9 to Co-Lin and 41-14 to Coahoma.
Holmes is led by sophomore quarterback W.J. McAllister, who has completed 36-of-77 passes for 513 yards. He has thrown four touchdowns, but has been picked off seven times. McAllister is also the leading ground-gainer for the Bulldogs with 170 yards on 49 carries.
Defensively, linebacker Revel Graham tops the Bulldogs with 27 tackles.
“Holmes is kind of in the same situation we are,” said Pierce. “They have been in some games, but they have not been able to score or get a stop when they need to.
“But (head coach) Danny Robertson does a good job and he will have them ready to play.”
Even though it’s a non-division game, Pierce knows the Bobcats need a win more than just about anything at this point.
“We came back and said, ‘Let’s just start the season over,” he said of his team’s approach this week. “We just need to take it one game at a time, do the best we can and then go on to the next one.”
The Bobcats will celebrate Homecoming next week. JCJC will host Hinds in a critical division game at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9.
At the moment, the Bobcats are 0-2 in division play, while Co-Lin, Pearl River and Gulf Coast are all 2-0. Hinds and East Central are each 0-1 and Southwest is 0-2.
“We are going to have to have a lot of help,” Pierce said of JCJC’s playoff chances. “We are not mathematically eliminated, but we will need some help.”
Holmes travels to Mississippi Delta on Oct. 7.
- JCJC is eighth in scoring offense at 24.0 points per game and sixth in scoring defense at 20.0 points per game. Holmes is 13th in scoring offense at 14.3 points per game and is tied for eighth in scoring defense at 31.3 points per game.
- JCJC is 11th in rushing offense at 120.2 yards per game, sixth in passing offense at 211.2 yards per game and ninth in total offense at 331.5 yards per game. Holmes is 13th in rushing offense at 73.3 yards per game, 12th in passing offense at 135.8 yards per game and 14th in total offense at 209.0 yards per game.
- JCJC is eighth in rushing defense at 152.0 yards per game, third in passing defense at 143.8 yards per game and sixth in total defense at 295.7 yards per game. Holmes is 10th in rushing defense at 160.5 yards per game, 10th in passing defense at 215.8 yards per game and 11th in total defense at 376.3 yards per game.
- JCJC is fifth in turnover margin at +4. Holmes is 13th in turnover margin at -4.
- JCJC’s Tromarcus Toney is sixth in passing at 199.0 yards per game. Holmes’ W.J. McAllister is 12th in passing at 128.3 yards per game.
- JCJC’s Kylan Pollard is tied for ninth in receptions with 4.0 per game.
- JCJC’s Slater Smith leads the state with a 42.1 yards per punt average. Holmes’ Justin Floyd is 14th at 30.9 yards per punt.
- JCJC’s Dylan Sobiesk is tied for second in scoring (kickers) with 24 points. Holmes’ Jonathan Smith is 10th with 7 points.
- JCJC’s Deuce Coon is ninth in kickoff returns with a 22.5 yards per return average. Holmes’ Harry Peoples is third with a 31.8 yards per return average. He also has an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
- Holmes’ Peoples is second in punt returns with a 21.8 yards per return average, including an 86-yard return for a touchdown.
- JCJC’s Santonio Jones is tied for 23rd in tackles (18 solos and 4 assists); LeRoyce Keyes is tied for 26th (17 solos and 6 assists); Kewon Hunter (16 solos and 11 assists), Cory Cooley (16 solos and six assists) and Roderick McCullum (16 solos and 4 assists) are tied for 30th; Jared Quinn is 45th (14 solos and 4 assists) and Antonio Parker is 49th (13 solos and 2 assists). Holmes’ Revel Graham is tied for fifth (27 solos and 12 assists) and Dewayne Cherrington is tied for eighth (23 solos and 14 assists).