Bobcats open season with convincing shutout of Miss. Delta
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-02 08:54:53
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – West Jones freshman quarterback Ben Stevens threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 33-0 thrashing of Mississippi Delta Community College here Thursday night in the season opener at Bobcat Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Bobcat defense smothered the Trojans, limiting the visitors to five first downs and just 55 yards of total offense. Greene County freshman placekicker Logan Brewer had four field goals for JCJC.
Stevens ended the game by hitting on 25-of-39 passes for 236 yards and no interceptions. Wide receiver Deuce Coon had seven receptions for 84 yards, Jamaal Montague had seven catches for 62 yards and running back Tiger Powell rushed for 49 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Brion James recovered two fumbles and Mitchell Brown and Deneco Hathorn had pass interceptions for JCJC. Lazarius Chase also recovered a fumble.
The Trojans had minus 5 yards of offense in the first half and picked up just one first down, which came via penalty.
Early in the third quarter, MDCC’s Chris Bolton ran 53 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the Trojans were called for an illegal block in the back at the Jones’ 20. Bolton was credited with a 33-yard run, which accounted for 60 percent of the Trojans’ offense.
JCJC took the game’s opening kickoff and drove to the MDCC 23-yard line where the drive stalled. Brewer misfired on a 40-yard field goal attempt, but that would be his only miss of the evening.
Two possessions later, Brown picked off a Justin Leavy pass and returned it 24 yards to the MDCC 10. Four plays later, Brewer booted a 25-yard field goal and JCJC led 3-0 with 7:44 left in the first quarter.
On JCJC’s next possession, the Bobcats drove 57 yards in six plays for the season’s first touchdown. Stevens found Montague for the 10-yard score and Brewer’s conversion made it 10-0 with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
Two possessions later, the Bobcats took over at the MDCC 41 after a punt. They drove 31 yards in 12 plays, used up over six minutes on the clock and Brewer booted a 27-yard field goal to make it 13-0 with 6:24 left in the second quarter.
The Trojans would face a third and 11 on their next possession and come up eight yards shy of a first down. However, JCJC was called for a personal foul on a helmet-to-helmet hit and MDCC would get their only first down of the opening half with around five minutes remaining on the clock.
But two plays later, James would recover a fumble and JCJC took over at the Delta 40. The Bobcats could not move and Slater Smith punted the ball 41 yards into the end zone.
Two plays later, James would recover another fumble and the Bobcats were in business at the Trojan 9-yard line.
JCJC would face a fourth-and-goal at the MDCC 3 and Stevens would keep the ball on a bootleg to the right and find paydirt. Brewer’s kick gave the Bobcats a 20-0 lead with 1:05 left in the half.
On the Bobcats’ first possession of the second half, they would march 71 yards in 13 plays for a score. Facing a third-and-goal at the MDCC 10, Stevens would find Malik Lofton for the touchdown. Brewer’s kick gave JCJC a 27-0 lead with 6:22 left in the third quarter.
JCJC would add to its point total on their next possession.
This time, the Bobcats would move 36 yards in nine plays, converting a fourth-and-1 along the way on a Jovontae Thurman 1-yard run. Brewer would cap the drive with a 32-yard field goal to give JCJC a 30-0 lead with 1:05 left in the third quarter.
Hathorn would end Delta’s next drive with an interception at his own 15.
JCJC ended the scoring when Chase recovered a fumble at the Trojan 22. Four plays later, Brewer kicked a 32-yard field goal to end the scoring with 4:12 left in the game.
The Bobcats had 292 yards of total offense and 14 first downs. The Trojans had 45 yards rushing and just 10 yards passing.
JCJC returns home next week to face Coahoma Community College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8. Coahoma dropped a 24-14 decision to Co-Lin on Thursday.
Next week’s game will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. The game will also air on WGDQ-FM, 93.1.
The Trojans host Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday.
JCJC 33, Miss. Delta 0
Thursday, Sept. 1
At Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
MDCC 0 0 0 0 – 0
Jones County 10 10 10 3 – 33
5 FD 14
38-45 Rushes-Yards 35-46
3-16-2 Att-Comp-Int 27-41-0
10 Passing Yards 246
55 Total Offense 292
12-114 Penalties-Yards 10-90
7-32.0 Punts-Ave. 5-39.0
6-3 Fumbles-Lost 1-0
50 Return yardage 131
1st quarter – JCJC, Logan Brewer 25-yard field goal, 7:44. JCJC 3-0.
1st quarter – JCJC, Jamaal Montague 10-yard pass from Ben Stevens, 2:17. Brewer PAT. JCJC 10-0.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Brewer 27-yard field goal, 6:24. JCJC 13-0.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Stevens 3-yard run, 1:05. Brewer PAT. JCJC 20-0.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Malik Lofton 10-yard pass from Stevens, 6:22. Brewer PAT. JCJC 27-0.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Brewer 32-yard field goal, 1:05. JCJC 30-0.
4th quarter – JCJC, Brewer 32-yard field goal, 4:12. JCJC 33-0
JCJC – Tiger Powell 21-49; Jovontae Thurman 7-4; Devontay Barnett 3-12; Ben Stevens 2-(-10); Davin Burch 2-(-9).
JCJC – Ben Stevens 25-39-0 for 234; Davin Burch 2-2-0 for 12.
JCJC – Deuce Coon 7-84; Jamaal Montague 7-62; Malik Lofton 5-38; Jonathan Ducksworth 3-30; Tiger Powell 1-12; Alec Barlow 2-19; Stephanio McNair 1-0; Ray Sims 1-1.
JCJC – Lofton 1 KO return for 27 yards; 1 punt return for -1 yards. Mitchell Brown 1 int return for 24 yards; Deneco Hathorn 1 int for 0 yards. Brion James 2 FR, Lazarius Chase 1 FR.