Bobcats hope to continue momentum vs. Coahoma

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-07 08:57:22

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College head coach Eddie Pierce found plenty of bright spots in last week’s 33-0 season opening, shutout of the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans.

“We came out with a lot of enthusiasm, we played hard and we took care of the football,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “I was extremely pleased with the way we played.”

The Bobcats will face another challenge this week when Coahoma Community College comes to Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Thursday. The game will be televised live on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call.

“Coahoma is one of the most athletic teams we will play,” Pierce said of the Tigers, who dropped a 24-14 decision at Co-Lin last week.

Last week, the Bobcat defense was sensational against the Trojans, allowing just 55 yards of total offense, which ranks them first in the MACJC in total defense this week. More importantly, the Bobcats pitched a shutout vs. MDCC, the only shutout recorded in the state last week.

“Our defensive front was really tremendous,” Pierce said. “They played very well and really got after them up front. We had three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, so we did a lot of things well defensively.”

Individually, there were several standouts on defense for JCJC.

Defensive back Deon Fairley and defensive end Jadarius Garner each recorded six tackles, while linebacker Brion James, defensive end Anthony Wilson and defensive tackle Derrek Upshaw had five each. Linebacker Jerrell Gandy and defensive backs Chris Smith and Anthony McGilberry had four each.

Wilson, a Southern Miss commitment, had two sacks and another tackle for a loss, while defensive back Devontay Barnett, Gandy, Garner, Smith and Upshaw each recorded a tackle for a loss. James had two fumble recoveries and Lazarius Chase added another, while Mitchell Brown and Deneco Hathorn each had a pass interception.

“I can’t say enough about those guys,” added Pierce, referring to the defensive effort.

On offense, the Bobcats received solid play from freshman quarterback Ben Stevens, who connected on 25-of-39 passes for 234 yards and two scores. He also ran for another touchdown. Wide receivers Deuce Coon and Jamaal Montague each had seven receptions, while Malik Lofton had five catches. Tiger Powell rushed for 49 yards.

“Ben did a great job for us at quarterback and threw the ball really well,” said Pierce. “Our experienced receivers did a good job, especially in the second half. We had a couple of dropped touchdown passes in the first half and we did not run the ball the way we need to in this league.

“If there is one thing that came out of that game it’s that we have to shore up the running game.”

On special teams, freshman placekicker Logan Brewer was 4-of-5 on field goals, 3-of-3 on extra points and leads the state in scoring by kickers with 15 points after the first week of play.

“I thought we were solid in the kicking game,” Pierce said. “From special teams right on down, I was really happy with the way we played.”

Coahoma opened the season by giving Co-Lin a battle.

The Tigers led the Wolves 7-0 at halftime and the game was tied at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter before Co-Lin scored the game’s final ten points to pull out the victory.

“Coahoma is a very sound team,” said Pierce. “We have to play a very solid game this week.”

Coahoma limited Co-Lin to just 49 yards rushing in last week’s game. The Tigers received three quarterback sacks from freshman end Devin Salis (tops in the state), while linebackers Jeremy Smith and Keith Reynolds had 12 and 11 tackles, respectively.

On offense, Coahoma is led by running back Daveonn Porter, who rushed 13 times for 57 yards last week. Quarterback Jaszy Parker from East High School in Memphis, Tenn., Parker was 9-of-25 for 92 yards last week, but threw five interceptions. Wide receivers Fred Plummer and Marquette Dockery each had three receptions.
“Coahoma has a big, athletic and quick defensive front,” said Pierce. “They do a good job for them. On offense, I know they want to come out and try to run the football. Coach Freeman Horton does an excellent job and I know Coahoma will come in here and play well.”

Coahoma recorded its first-ever victory over JCJC last year, beating the Bobcats 26-24 in Clarksdale.

Next week, the Bobcats open South Division play with a trip to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Coahoma begins North Division play on Sept. 15 when they host East Mississippi Community College.


- JCJC is 12th in rushing offense (46.0 ypg), fifth in passing offense (246.0 ypg) and ninth in total offense (292.0 ypg). Coahoma is eighth in rushing offense (87.0 ypg), 12th in passing offense (92.0 ypg) and 13th in total offense (179.0 ypg).

- JCJC is second in rushing defense (45.0 ypg), first in pass defense (10.0 ypg) and first in total defense (55.0 ypg). Coahoma is third in rushing defense (46.0 ypg), 10th in passing defense (191.0 ypg) and seventh in total defense (240.0 ypg).

- JCJC is second in turnover margin (+5). Coahoma is tied for sixth (0).

- JCJC’s Ben Stevens is fourth in passing percentage (64.0) and fifth in passing yardage (234.0 ypg). Coahoma’s Jaszy Parker is 12th in passing percentage (36.0) and 12th in passing yardage (92.0 ypg).

- JCJC’s Tiger Powell is 15th in rushing (49.0 ypg). Coahoma’s Daveonn Porter is 11th (57.0 ypg).

- JCJC’s Deuce Coon and Jamaal Montague are tied for third in receptions (7.0 rpg), while Malik Lofton is fifth (5.0 rpg). Coahoma’s Fred Plummer and Marquette Dockery are tied for 20th (3.0 rpg).

- JCJC’s Stevens, Montague and Lofton are tied for 11th in scoring (non-kickers) with 6 points. Coahoma’s Dockery and Parker are also tied for 11th.

- JCJC’s Logan Brewer leads the state in scoring (non-kickers) with 15 points. He was 4-of-5 on field goals and 3-of-3 on extra points last week.

- JCJC’s Slater Smith is tied for sixth in punting (39.0). Coahoma’s Trent Williams is 12th (30.0).

- JCJC’s Lofton is seventh in kickoff returns (27.0 ypr).

- JCJC’s Mitchell Brown and Deneco Hathorn are tied for sixth in interceptions (1).

- JCJC’s Anthony Wilson is tied for second in sacks (2.0). Coahoma’s Devin Salis leads in sacks (3.0).

- JCJC’s Deon Fairley (5 solos, 1 assist) and Jadarius Garner (6 tackles) led the team in tackles last week, while JCJC’s Chris Smith, Brion James, Anthony McGilberry, Wilson and Derrek Upshaw each had 4 solo tackles last week. Coahoma’s Jeremy Smith had 12 tackles (5 solos, 7 assists) and Keith Reynolds had 11 tackles (6 solos, 5 assists).


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