Bobcats host Hinds for Homecoming on Saturday

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 11:12:08

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats desperately needed a win last week and they got it.

JCJC snapped a three-game losing streak with a 24-6 victory over the Holmes Community College Bulldogs.

Even though the Bobcats did not play at their best, head coach Eddie Pierce was pleased to get a victory.

“There is no such thing as an ugly win,” he said Wednesday afternoon at the Bobcat Fieldhouse. “I thought we played hard and did some good things. I felt we should have scored three or four more times, but we did not.

“But we played good enough to win.”

Now, the Bobcats have their minds set on gaining their first South Division victory of the season on Saturday.

JCJC hosts the Hinds Community College Eagles in their annual Homecoming game at 2 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The Bobcats are 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the division, while Hinds is 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.

If the Bobcats have any hopes of postseason play, they know they must win vs. the Eagles.

“We need a league win very badly,” said Pierce. “Obviously, we cannot lose another division game. If we do, we are in trouble.”

In last week’s victory, the Bobcats had several bright spots.

Quarterback Tromarcus Toney connected on 15-of-21 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.

Sophomore wide receiver Kylan Pollard had seven receptions for 74 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Freshman wideout Deuce Coon had three catches for 60 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Toney’s 1-yard scoring run came midway through the fourth quarter. Running backs DeAnthony Pickens and Justin Gaines each had 57 yards rushing. Placekicker Dylan Sobiesk had three extra points and a 20-yard field goal.

Defensively, safety Roderick McCullum had eight solo tackles and an assist, while linebacker Leroyce Keyes had five solos and an assist. Defensive end Ryan Robinson also had a big game for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats finished the game with 17 first downs, 117 yards rushing, 206 yards passing and 323 yards of total offense. Jones limited Holmes to only 12 first downs, 73 rushing yards, 104 passing yards and 177 yards of offense.

Hinds is coming of a heartbreaking, 37-35 loss to East Central. The Warriors booted a 41-yard field goal on the game’s final play to win. Hinds owns wins over Itawamba (52-31), East Mississippi (50-42) and Mississippi Delta (37-31). Their other loss was to Co-Lin (30-17).

The Eagles are one of the state’s most explosive teams. They are second to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in scoring offense, averaging just over 38 points per game. But they rank next to last in scoring defense, giving up 34 points per game.

Pierce said the Eagles would present quite a challenge to the Bobcats.

“Hinds has a good football team,” he said. “They have scored a lot of points and given up a lot of points. They have a great quarterback, a good running back and a couple of good receivers we are going to have to stop.

“Defensively, they run a lot of different stuff at you, so we will have to be ready.”

Hinds’ running back Matthew Willis (5-9, 210) tops the state in scoring with 60 points and in rushing, piling up 138 yards per game. Quarterback Anthony Sheppard (6-2, 170) throws for 210.8 yards per game and has thrown 10 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Dylan Davis (6-2, 195) has four touchdowns catches on the year and wideout Les Lemons (5-10, 180) has 19 receptions on the year.

On defense, the Eagles are led by the state’s top tackler, linebacker Maxie Graham, who has 52 solo tackles on the year. Graham (6-0, 185) also returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown in overtime to beat Mississippi Delta, 37-31, two weeks ago. Safety J’vontez Blackmon (6-0, 187) has 36 solo tackles on the year.

Saturday’s Homecoming game can be seen on with Lance Pittman calling the play-by-play and Mark Easley providing commentary. The game can also be heard on the Bobcat Radio Network on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, and on WOSM-FM, 103.1. Airtime is 1:30 p.m.

“You always want to win your Homecoming game,” added Pierce. “This is an important game for us.”

The Bobcats continue division play at East Central next week on Thursday, Oct. 14. Hinds will host Southwest on Oct. 16.


MACJC statistics

– JCJC is seventh in scoring offense (24.0 ppg) and is tied for third in scoring defense (17.2 ppg). Hinds is second in scoring offense (38.2 ppg) and is 13th in scoring defense (34.2 ppg).

– JCJC is 11th in rushing offense (119.6 ypg), fifth in passing offense (210.2 ypg) and 11th in total offense (329.8 ypg). Hinds is seventh in rushing offense (169.8 ypg), fourth in passing offense (210.8 ypg) and fifth in total offense (380.6 ypg).

 – JCJC is eighth in rushing defense (136.2 ypg), second in passing defense (135.8 ypg) and third in total defense (272.0 ypg). Hinds is 11th in rushing defense (176.6 ypg), 14th in passing defense (234.2 ypg) and 14th in total defense (410.8 ypg).

– JCJC is tied for seventh in turnover margin (+1), while Hinds is third (+5).

– Hinds’ Matthew Willis leads the state in scoring by non-kickers (60 points) and rushing (138.0 ypg).

– JCJC’s Tromarcus Toney is fifth in passing (200.7 ypg) and Hinds’ Anthony Sheppard is fourth (210.8 ypg).

– JCJC’s Kylan Pollard is sixth in receiving (24 receptions for 286 yards). Hinds’ Dylan Davis is tied for 11th in receiving (16 receptions for 324 yards) and Les Lemons is tied for 14th (19 receptions for 187 yards).

– JCJC’s Slater Smith is third in punting (39.8 ypp) and Hinds’ Craig McCraney is first (41.7 ypp).

– JCJC’s Dylan Sobiesk is tied for fourth in scoring by kickers (27 points) and Hinds’ Kyle Williams is fifth (24 points).

– JCJC’s Deuce Coon is ninth in kickoff returns (23.1 ypr) and Hinds’ Jeremy Palmer is 11th (20.8 ypr).

– Hinds’ Maxie Graham leads the state in sacks (6.5).

– JCJC’s Roderick McCullum is 23rd in tackles (24 solos, 5 assists), LeRoyce Keyes is tied for 26th (22 solos, 7 assists), Kewon Hunter (21 solos, 14 assists), Santonio Jones (21 solos, 10 assists) and Ryan Robinson (21 solos, 9 assists) are tied for 29th and Cory Cooley (18 solos, 7 assists) is tied for 40th. Hinds’ Graham leads the state in tackles (52 solos, 4 assists).



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