Hinds outlasts Bobcats, 27-23
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-09 18:28:05
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was a frustrating afternoon for the Jones County Junior College football team.
The Hinds Community College Eagles took advantage of two blocked punts and never trailed en route to a 27-23 victory over JCJC in front of a Homecoming crowd on a warm, sunny afternoon here at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The Bobcats fall to 2-4 on the season, 0-3 in the South Division. Hinds is now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The game, which lasted over three hours, featured 88 combined passes by both teams.
JCJC quarterback Tromarcus Toney was 21-of-49 through the air for 269 yards, while Hinds’ signal-called Anthony Sheppard completed 23-of-39 passes for 313 yards.
Bobcat wide receiver Jonathan Ducksworth caught six passes for 115 yards, while Hinds’ Dylan Davis has nine receptions for 112 yards.
The game started off rather slowly as neither team was able to score in the first quarter. Hinds did misfire on a 47-yard field goal attempt.
The Bobcats had a chance to get the first score of the game after the missed field goal. They moved from their own 30 to the Eagles’ 4-yard line where they faced a second and goal. But Toney was pressured, threw the ball into the end zone and Hinds’ Eric Williams came up with the interception.
A Toney 34-yard run and a 21-yard pass completion to Keghan Livingston got the Bobcats in scoring position before the interception.
But the Eagles got rolling in the second quarter, taking advantage of a partially blocked punt.
Hinds took over on the JCJC 45-yard line and went the distance in six plays. Sheppard connected with Cordell Valentine over the middle for a 14-yard touchdown strike at the 11:35 mark. Craig McCraney’s extra point gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, the Eagles came up with another blocked punt and took over at the JCJC 36. Seven plays later, Sheppard found Davis on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the right part of the end zone. McCraney’s extra point made it 14-0 with 4:53 left in the first half.
The Bobcats took the ensuing kickoff and would drive 72 yards in nine plays for their first score. DeAnthony Pickens scored on a 2-yard run and Dylan Sobiesk added the extra point to make it 14-7 with 1:08 left in the half. A 41-yard run by Justin Gaines was the key place in the drive.
Hinds threatened early in the third quarter, driving to the Jones’ 24. But Sheppard’s pass was picked off by Cory Cooley, who returned it all the way to the Eagles’ 45.
Ten plays later, Sobiesk booted a 34-yard field goal and Jones trailed 14-10 with 8:08 left in the third quarter.
Two possessions later, the Eagles would answer. They would march from their own 41 to the JCJC 19 in six plays. The drive stalled and McCraney drilled a 36-yard field goal to make it 17-10 with 2:02 left in the third quarter. A 43-yard pass from Sheppard to a wide open Davis would set up the score.
McCraney would come through again midway through the fourth quarter, kicking a 28-yard field goal with 8:42 left to make it 20-10. The Eagles moved from their own 15 to the JCJC 11 in ten plays to set up the score. Sheppard had a 43-yard pass to Deon Anthony and a 26-yard completion to Adam McWilliams in the drive.
The Bobcats tried to battle back.
Two possessions later, they marched 59 yards in eight plays. Toney found Malik Lofton on a post pattern for a 35-yard touchdown. Sobiesk’s extra point made it 20-17 with just 3:34 left.
But the Eagles would take the ensuing kickoff and quickly drive 80 yards in five plays for the clinching score. Matthew Willis scored on a 2-yard run when he was plugged up in the middle and bounced outside to his right. A 40-yard run by Willis set up the score. McCraney’s conversion gave Hinds a 27-17 lead with 1:19 left.
The Bobcats then would take the ball and go 71 yards in nine plays for a score. Pickens went over from 2 yards out on the game’s final play for the touchdown. The extra point try was not attempted. A 58-yard pass from Toney to a wide open Jonathan Ducksworth set up the score.
JCJC had 19 first downs, 114 yards rushing, 269 yards passing and 413 yards of total offense. Hinds had 21 first downs, 116 yards rushing and 314 yards passing for 430 yards of total offense.
The Bobcats have a short week to prepare for East Central. JCJC visits Decatur on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game vs. the Warriors. The game will air (audio only) on www.jcjc.tv and on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 6 p.m.
Hinds will host Southwest at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.
Hinds at Jones County
Hinds 27, Jones County 23
Saturday, October 9
At Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
Hinds 0 14 3 10 – 27
Jones County 0 7 3 13 – 23
21 FD 19
38-116 Rushes-Yards 31-144
23-39-1 Att-Comp-Int 21-49-1
314 Passing Yards 269
430 Total Offense 413
6-60 Penalties-Yards 5-60
5-33.3 Punts-Ave. 7-37.0
2-1 Fumbles-Lost 2-0
101 Return yardage 175
2nd quarter – Hinds, Cordell Valentine 14-yard pass from Anthony Sheppard, 11:35. Craig McCraney PAT. Hinds 7-0.
2nd quarter – Hinds, Dylan Davis, 9-yard pass from Sheppard, 4:53. McCraney PAT. Hinds 14-0.
2nd quarter – JCJC, DeAnthony Pickens 2-yard run, 1:08. Dylan Sobiesk PAT. Hinds 14-7.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Sobiesk 30-yard field goal, 8:08. Hinds 14-10.
3rd quarter – Hinds, McCraney 36-yard field goal, 2:02. Hinds 17-10.
4th quarter – Hinds, McCraney 28-yard field goal, 8:42. Hinds 20-10.
4th quarter – JCJC, Malik Lofton 35-yard pass from Tromarcus Toney, 3:34. Sobiesk PAT. Hinds 20-17.
4th quarter – Hinds, Matthew Willis 2-yard run, 1:19. McCraney PAT. Hinds 27-17.
4th quarter – JCJC, Pickens 2-yard run. :00. No PAT attempted. Hinds 27-23.
Hinds – Willis 25-73; Sheppard 9-35; Dean Anthony 3-11; Jeremy Palmer 1-(-)3.
JCJC – Toney 12-50; Justin Gaines 3-47; Pickens 14-40; Lavoris Powell 2-7.
Hinds – Sheppard 23-39-1 for 314 yards.
JCJC – Tone 21-49-1 for 269 yards.
Hinds – Dylan Davis 9-112; D. Anthony 4-80; Adam McWilliams 4-56; Les Lemons 3-38; Valentine 2-29; Willis 1-(-)1.
JCJC – Jonathan Ducksworth 6-115; Keghan Livingston 3-43; Stacy Graham 3-31; Deuce Coon 2-14; Kylan Pollard 3-6; Pickens 2-24; M. Lofton 1-35; Jeremy Pierce 1-1.
Hinds – Jeremy Palmer 2 kickoff returns for 59 yards; Joe Thomas 1 kickoff return for 28 yards; Anthony 1 punt return for 14 yards.
JCJC – Coon 4 kickoff returns for 77 yards; Lofton 2 kickoff returns for 57 yards; Cory Cooley 1 interception return for 41 yards.