Bobcats battle East Central on Thursday

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-12 14:59:38

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats will try to gain their first South Division victory this week.

JCJC, 2-4 overall and 0-3 in division play, travels to Decatur to take on East Central Community College at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Warriors are currently 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.

The tough-luck Bobcats are coming off another close loss.

JCJC fell behind 14-0 to Hinds Community College and went on to drop a 27-23 decision last week in their annual Homecoming game at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

JCJC’s four losses have been by a combined total of 19 points. Their largest defeat was by seven points (31-24) to 11th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Quarterback Tromarcus Toney accounted for 319 yards of total offense for the Bobcats. He completed 21-of-49 passes for 269 yards and rushed 12 times for another 50 yards.

Wide receiver Jonathan Ducksworth had a big game for the Bobcats. He had six receptions for 115 yards. Tight end Keghan Livingston had three catches for 43 yards and tight end Stacy Graham had three receptions for another 31 yards.

Running back Justin Gaines had three rushes for 47 yards and DeAnthony Pickens rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a pair of scores.

On defense, safety Roderick McCullum had 10 solo tackles and four assists, while cornerback Cory Cooley had six tackles, two assists and returned an interception 41 yards. Linebacker Santonio Jones had six solos and six assists, while linebacker LeRoyce Keyes had six solos and two assists. Kewon Hunter had five solos and one assist and Ryan Robinson added five solo tackles.

Pickens had a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs – one in the second quarter and one on the game’s final play – while Malik Lofton caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Toney in the fourth quarter. Dylan Sobiesk booted a 34-yard field goal.

But a partially blocked punt led to Hinds’ first score, a blocked punt set up the Eagles’ second touchdown and JCJC was playing catch-up the remainder of the game.

Meanwhile, East Central dropped a 42-16 decision to Gulf Coast last week. The Warriors’ only win came two weeks ago when Jason Loris kicked a 41-yard field goal on the game’s final play to beat Hinds, 37-35.

ECCC’s others losses have been to Northeast (34-6), Northwest (41-26), Itawamba (21-14) and Pearl River (44-13).

Offensively, the Warriors are led by quarterback Blake Matherne and wide receiver Reggie Hall. Defensively, linebackers Chris Ficklin and Rufus Williams are among the state’s top tacklers.

Thursday’s game can be heard on and on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 6 p.m.

The game will also be videostreamed live on the East Central website at

The Bobcats will be on the road again next week, traveling to Summit to take on Southwest Mississippi Community College at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23.

East Central goes to Co-Lin on Thursday, Oct. 21.


MACJC Statistics

- JCJC is seventh in scoring offense (23.8 ppg) and fourth in scoring defense (18.8 ppg). East Central is 12th in scoring offense (18.8 ppg) and 14th in scoring defense (36.3 ppg).

- JCJC is 12th in rushing offense (123.6 ypg), fifth in passing offense (220.0 ypg) and 10th in total offense (343.6 ypg). East Central is fifth in rushing offense (180.0 ypg), third in passing offense (241.7 ypg) and third in total offense (421.6 ypg).

- JCJC is seventh in rushing defense (132.8 ypg), fourth in passing defense (165.5 ypg) and fifth in total defense (298.3 ypg). East Central is second in rushing defense (102.0 ypg), 11th in passing defense (199.5 ypg) and sixth in total defense (301.5 ypg).

- JCJC is tied for sixth in turnover margin (+2). East Central is 14th in turnover margin (-15).

- East Central’s Blake Matherne is ninth in rushing (66.2 ypg).

- JCJC’s Tromarcus Toney is fourth in passing (214.4 ypg) and ECCC’s Matherne is fifth (213.3 ypg).

- JCJC’s Kylan Pollard is sixth in receiving (27 catches for 292 yards). East Central’s Reggie Hall is third (27 catches for 336 yards) and Radarius Owens is 15th (22 catches for 400 yards).

- JCJC’s Slater Smith is third in punting (39.1 ypp). East Central’s Emilio Warnsley is ninth (35.1 ypp).

- JCJC’s Dylan Sobiesk is fourth in scoring by kickers (32 points). East Central’s Jason Loris is 12th (16 points).

- JCJC’s Deuce Coon is ninth in kickoff returns (21.9 ypr). East Central’s Hall is 11th (19.9 ypr) and Caleb Porzell is 13th (19.2 ypr).

- East Central’s Hall is third in punt returns (19.5 ypr).

- East Central’s Rufus Williams is fourth in sacks (6.5).

- JCJC’s Roderick McCullum is tied for 11th in tackles (34 solos, 9 assists), LeRoyce Keyes is tied for 22nd (28 solos, 9 assists), Santonio Jones is tied for 29th (27 solos, 16 assists), Kewon Hunter (26 solos, 15 assists) and Ryan Robinson (26 solos, 9 assists) are tied for 30th and Cory Cooley is tied for 33rd (24 solos, 9 assists). East Central’s Chris Ficklin is second (47 solos, 29 assists) and Williams is tied for 13th (32 solos, 12 assists).


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