Bobcats prepare to meet Southwest

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-21 15:48:06

 ELLISVILLE – It’s been a frustrating season for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats.

JCJC returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but turned the ball over three times and went on to drop a 24-14 decision to East Central Community College last week.

The defeat dropped Jones to 2-5 overall and left the Bobcats winless in the South Division at 0-4.

JCJC will have another chance to grab its first division victory this weekend when they head to Summit on Saturday to take on the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears. Southwest is also 2-5 overall and 0-4 in league play.

The Bobcats’ Malik Lofton returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown last week against the Warriors. Dylan Sobiesk’s extra point gave Jones a 7-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.

But JCJC could not maintain the momentum.

East Central would take advantage of a lengthy punt return and a pass interception to score two touchdowns and take a 14-7 lead late in the first half.

Lofton then got the Bobcats back in the game with another solid kickoff return, this one going 54 yards from his own 25 to the Warrior 21. Three plays later, Tiger Powell scored on a 9-yard run and the Bobcats had tied the game at 14-14.

But ECCC got a field goal right before halftime and scored the clinching touchdown with just less than four minutes to play to beat the Bobcats.

Lofton ended the game with three kickoff returns for 149 yards, while running back DeAnthony Pickens had 16 carries for 47 yards and Powell had 10 carries for 42 yards. Quarterback Tromarcus Toney was 11-of-20 through the air for 142 yards, but had two pass interceptions.

Rashad Wynes had three receptions for 31 yards, Calvin McDougle had two catches for 30 yards and Kylan Pollard had one for 44 yards.

Defensively, Ryan Robinson had eight tackles and two assists, while Cory Cooley had six tackles and one assist. Kewon Hunter had six tackles, Roderick McCullum had four tackles and an assist and Mario Owens had a fumble recovery.

Southwest dropped a 20-12 decision to Hinds last week. The Bears, after beating Holmes (21-20) and Northeast (20-16) to open the season, have now lost five straight games. They have also lost games to Pearl River (35-21), Gulf Coast (51-21), Co-Lin (27-24) and Northwest (24-7).

The Bears are led by quarterback Mardavian Martin and running back Tray Bateaste on offense and end Marty Stadom on defense.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 3 p.m. The game will air (audio only) on and on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 2:30 p.m.

The Bobcats close the season next week, hosting Pearl River at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30. Southwest ends their season at East Central at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.


MACJC statistics

-       JCJC is tied for ninth in scoring offense (22.4 ppg) and is fourth in scoring defense (19.7 ppg). Southwest is 12th in scoring offense (18.0 ppg) and is seventh in scoring defense (26.0 ppg).

-       JCJC is 12th in rushing offense (115.8 ypg), fourth in passing offense (208.8 ypg) and ninth in total offense. Southwest is fourth in rushing offense (188.4 ypg), 14th in passing offense (106.4 ypg) and 13th in total offense (294.9 ypg).

-       JCJC is seventh in rushing defense (137.2 ypg), fourth in passing defense (162.4 ypg) and seventh in total defense (299.7 ypg). Southwest is sixth in rushing defense (126.4 ypg), 14th in passing defense (219.1 ypg) and 11th in total defense (345.5 ypg).

-       JCJC is tied for 11th in turnover margin (-1). Southwest is 13th in turnover margin (-3).

-       Southwest’s Tray Bateaste is sixth in rushing (85.2 ypg) and Mardavian Martin is ninth (73.8 ypg).

-       JCJC’s Tromarcus Toney is third in passing (213.8 ypg). Southwest’s Martin is 14th (78.6 ypg).

-       JCJC’s Kylan Pollard is 11th in receiving (28 receptions for 336 yards).

-       JCJC’s Slater Smith is fourth in punting (38.3 ypp). Southwest’s Justin Holt is 10th (35.1 ypp).

-       JCJC’s Dylan Sobiesk is fourth in scoring by kickers (34 points). Southwest’s Brandon Thomas is 15th (15 points).

-       JCJC’s Malik Lofton is second in kickoff returns (35.0 ypr) and Deuce Coon is 11th (21.9 ypr).

-       JCJC’s Ryan Robinson is tied for sixth in sacks with seven. Southwest’s Marty Stadom has six.

-       JCJC’s Roderick McCullum is tied for 13th in tackles (38 solos and 10 assists), Robinson is tied for 21st (34 solos, 11 assists), Kewon Hunter is tied for 24th (32 solos, 15 assists) and Cory Cooley is tied for 30th (30 solos and 10 assists).


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