JCJC holds annual Football Media Day
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-08-20 13:41:51
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was hot and humid here Saturday morning at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
In other words, it was a normal setting for the annual Media Day festivities for the Jones County Junior College football team. Head coach Eddie Pierce, his staff and players had some breakfast, then had several pictures taken and did some interviews for various media types on hand.
The Bobcats are coming off a disappointing 2-7 season, but Pierce is quite pleased with the way things are shaping up for the 2011 edition of the Bobcats.
“This a different team and the attitude is totally different,” he said. “That started in January when we brought these sophomores back for the off-season. They have made a commitment and they have done a super job of leading these freshmen who came in over the summer.
“The commitment level is so much higher than it has been in the past. It is a close team and they get along very well.”
Pierce said the Bobcats want to do everything they can to forget about 2010 and battle for the playoffs this season.
“Last year left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth,” he said. “This group of freshmen and sophomores is wanting to put that behind us.”
The Bobcats have some experience returning this season.
On offense, wide receivers Malik Lofton of Wayne County, Deuce Coon of Baton Rouge, La., Jonathan Ducksworth of Bay Springs, Alec Barlow of Northeast Jones and University of South Florida signee Jamaal Montague give the Bobcats a solid starting point.
Running back Tiger Powell of Lake City, Fla., tight end Keghan Livingston of South Jones and offensive tackle McKay Tingle of Greene County also have experience.
JCJC will be young at quarterback with all freshmen vying for playing time, including Ben Stevens of West Jones, Davin Burch of Mize, Eric Godette of Quitman and walk-on Bryant Baucum of South Jones.
On defense, Southern Miss commitment Anthony Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., anchors the line at end, while Middle Tennessee State University transfer Derrek Upshaw will be at a tackle slot. Wayne County sophomore Jerrell Gandy returns at linebacker, along with Tulsa University transfer Brion James.
The Bobcats are sound in the secondary with sophomore Antonio Parker of New Orleans, La., returning at a cornerback slot, along with other experienced defensive backs such as Deneco Hathorn of Collins and Chris Smith of Laurel.
Quitman’s Slater Smith returns at punter and Greene County’s Logan Brewer will be the placekicker.
Pierce is pleased with the Bobcats’ talent level.
“We have some experienced receivers coming back, along with McKay Tingle in the offensive line and Tiger Powell at running back,” the sixth-year head coach said. “We’ve got Anthony Wilson at defensive end, along with Deneco Hathorn and Antonio Parker in the secondary. We are really looking for those guys to lead this football team.”
The Bobcats began fall workouts on Aug. 8 and had a controlled scrimmage at East Central Community College on Friday. They will now begin to focus on their opening game opponent – Mississippi Delta Community College.
JCJC will host the Trojans at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The game will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman calling the play-by-play and Mark Easley providing commentary. The game can also be heard on WGDQ-FM, 93.1.
JCJC will hold “Meet the Bobcats” at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The team and coaches will be introduced and the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band will perform an exhibition at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.