Mistakes doom Bobcats in 24-14 loss to East Central
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 09:38:19
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
DECATUR – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats had several opportunities against East Central Community College here on a cool Thursday night at Bailey Stadium.
But in the end, JCJC made too many mistakes to be successful. The result was a 24-14 victory for the Warriors.
Jones drops to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in South Division play. East Central is now 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the division.
The Bobcats got some big numbers on the night from return specialist Malik Lofton. Lofton had three kickoff returns for 149 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown. Jones was only penalized three times for 14 yards, while ECCC had 13 penalties for 106 yards.
But JCJC turned the ball over three times, compared to just one for the Warriors and that was crucial. East Central entered the game with a -15 turnover margin, by far the worst in the state.
Jones got off to an excellent start when Lofton took the short opening kickoff, came up the left hashmark, avoided tacklers, cut back to his right and raced 78 yards for a touchdown. Dylan Sobiesk’s extra point gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.
After holding ECCC on their first possession, Jones took over on its own 16-yard line.
The Bobcats moved methodically downfield and used a 25-yard pass from Tromarcus Toney to Rashad Wynes to move deep into ECCC territory. JCJC then marched to the Warrior 6, where they faced a fourth and 1 situation.
The Bobcats elected to go for the first down, but Toney fumbled the snap and the Warriors took over on their own 6.
A couple of possessions later, the Bobcats were backed up deep in their own territory and were forced to punt. ECCC’s Reggie Hall returned the kick 21 yards to the Bobcat 21 to put the Warriors in excellent field position.
Three plays later, quarterback Dustin Land rolled to his right and threw back to the middle to Fabian Johnson for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Jason Loris kicked the extra point and the game was tied 7-7 with 13:05 left in the first half.
It stayed that way until late in the first half when a Bobcat turnover set up ECCC’s second touchdown.
Georgio Grace picked off a Toney pass at the JCJC 40 and returned it 25 yards to the 15. Two plays later, Land kept the ball to his left, avoided a couple of tackles and made it into the end zone for a score. Loris booted the extra point and the Warriors led 14-7 with 3:09 left in the first half.
Lofton then had another big return to set up JCJC’s next score. He returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards from his own 25 to the Warrior 21.
Three plays later, Tiger Powell took a handoff over the right side of the line and raced 9 yards for a touchdown. Sobiesk’s extra point made it 14-14 with 1:45 left in the first half.
But the Warriors would come back and take the lead heading into halftime.
They took the Bobcat kickoff and drove from their own 35 to the JCJC 15 in nine plays. Loris then booted a 31-yard field goal and East Central led 17-14 with 29 seconds showing.
The Bobcats would then have a chance to tie it up before halftime.
Starting at his own 32, Toney found Rashad Wynes for a 23-yard pass to the Warrior 45. Toney then connected with DeAnthony Pickens on a 12-yard pass to the 33.
Sobiesk then attempted a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the half, but it was blocked and East Central would maintain the lead.
Early in the third quarter, ECCC’s Jimmy Broomfield picked off a Toney pass and the Warriors took over on their own 44. But two plays later, Land fumbled and JCJC’s Mario Owens recovered. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Warriors, the Bobcats took over on the ECCC 32.
But on the very next play, Powell fumbled and ECCC’s Chris Ficklin recovered.
On the Bobcats next possession, they had another chance to tie or take the lead.
Jones started a drive at their own 23. Toney found Kylan Pollard on a 44-yard pass to get the ball to the Warrior 11.Three plays later, the Bobcats faced fourth down and a long yard just outside the ECCC 2 and elected to go for it.
Pickens took a toss from Toney to his right, but ECCC’s Montrae Smith dropped him for a loss of 8 yards and the Warriors took over.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, ECCC’s Rufus Williams picked off a Toney pass deep in Bobcat territory. However, the Warriors were called for roughing the passer and JCJC retained possession.
Jones continued the drive and made it to the Warrior 27. On second and 11, Toney threw into the end zone for Pollard, who stretched out completely, but just could not make the catch. On the next play, Toney tried to hit Deuce Coon in the end zone, but the pass was knocked away at the last second.
Sobiesk then attempted a 45-yard field goal, but it was no good and the Warriors took over.
Two possessions later, the Warriors would notch their clinching touchdown when they marched 60 yards in nine plays. On fourth and 1 at the Bobcat 2, Brandon Willis took a handoff to his right and sprinted to the corner of the end zone for the touchdown. Loris booted the extra point and the Warriors led 24-14 with 3:42 left in the game.
Pickens led JCJC on the ground with 16 rushes for 47 yards, while Powell had 10 carries for 42 yards. Toney was 11-of-20 through the air for 142 yards, but had two interceptions. Wynes had three catches for 31 yards, Calvin McDougle had two for 30 and Pollard had one for 44.
Willis had 14 rushes for 59 yards for ECCC. Land was 12-of-24 for 106 yards and Radarius Owens had five catches for 72 yards. Johnson had four receptions for 42 yards.
JCJC had 15 first downs, 69 yards rushing and 211 yards of total offense. ECCC had 19 first downs, 164 yards rushing, 144 yards passing and 308 yards of offense.
Ryan Robinson, Owens, Jo’nal White and Josh Herring had big games for the Bobcat defense.
The Bobcats go back on the road next week to face Southwest Mississippi Community College. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. 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 2:30 p.m.
East Central goes to Co-Lin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Jones County at East Central
East Central 24, Jones County 14
Thursday, October 14
At Bailey Stadium
Jones County 7 7 0 0 – 14
East Central 0 17 0 7 – 24
15 FD 19
38-69 Rushes-Yards 40-164
11-20-2 Att-Comp-Int 15-30-0
142 Passing Yards 144
211 Total Offense 308
3-14 Penalties-Yards 13-106
3-32.0 Punts-Ave. 7-35.7
3-1 Fumbles-Lost 2-1
165 Return yardage 88
1st quarter – JCJC, Malik Lofton 78-yard kickoff return, 14:45. Dylan Sobiesk PAT. JCJC 7-0.
2nd quarter – ECCC, Fabian Johnson 20-yard pass from Dustin Land, 13:05. Jason Loris PAT. 7-7.
2nd quarter – ECCC, Land 16-yard run, 3:09. Loris PAT. ECCC 14-7.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Tiger Powell 9-yard run, 1:45. Sobiesk PAT. 14-14.
2nd quarter – ECCC, Loris 31-yard field goal, :29. ECCC 17-14.
4th quarter – ECCC, Brandon Willis 2-yard run, 3:42. Loris PAT. ECCC 24-14.
JCJC – DeAnthony Pickens 16-47; Tiger Powell 10-42; Tromarcus Toney 10-(-23); Justin Gaines 2-3.
ECCC – Brandon Willis 14-59; Rod Hawkins 7-41; Dustin Land 14-25; Reggie Hall 2-29; Blake Matherne 2-11; Caleb Porzell 1-(-)1;
JCJC – Toney 11-20-2 for 142 yards.
ECCC – Land 12-24-0 for 106 yards; Matherne 3-6-0 for 38 yards.
JCJC – Rashad Wynes 3-31; Calvin McDougle 2-30; Stacy Graham 1-11; D. Pickens 3-23; Kylan Pollard 1-44; Jonathan Ducksworth 1-3.
ECCC – Radarius Owens 5-72; F. Johnson 4-42; Willis 2-17; Hall 2-12; Porzell 1-4; Corey Collier 1-(-)3.
JCJC – Malik Lofton 3 kickoff returns for 149 yards; Deuce Coon 2 punt returns for 3 yards; Andre Rankin 1 kickoff return for 4 yards; Rashad Wynes 1 kickoff return for 9 yards.
ECCC – Hall 1 punt return for 21 yards; Dennis Lewis 1 kickoff return for 13 yards; James Loper 1 kickoff return for 6 yards; Caleb Porzell 1 kickoff return for 16 yards and 1 punt return for -3 yards; Georgio Grace 1 int return for 25 yards; Jimmy Broomfield 1 int return for 10 yards.
JCJC – Slater Smith 3 punts for 96 yards (32.0 ave).
ECCC – Fabian Johnson 3 punts for 101 yards (33.6 ave.); Daniel Holt 4 punts for 136 yards (34.0 ave.)