Bobcats go to the air to secure 500th victory in school history
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-09 00:47:28
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats set the tone early here Thursday night against Coahoma Community College.
Tiger Powell’s 73-yard halfback touchdown pass to Jamaal Montague on JCJC’s second play from scrimmage was a sign of things to come as the Bobcats whipped the Tigers 46-20 on “Military Appreciation Night” at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The victory also was a milestone for JCJC, as it marked the 500th win in school history.
The Bobcats would accumulate 483 yards of total offense on the evening, including 378 yards through the air. Freshman quarterback Ben Stevens continued to impress, hitting on 18 of 28 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Malik Lofton had three receptions for 101 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown catch, while Montague had four catches for 77 yards and two scores. Jonathan “J.D.” Ducksworth had five catches for 63 yards, while Powell had two catches for 62 yards and tight end Keghan Livingston had two receptions for 41 yards and a score.
Powell rushed 12 times for 51 yards, including a 3-yard scoring run, and Jovontae Thurmon came off the bench to carry the ball 15 times for 49 yards.
Jadarius Garner blocked an extra point that was returned 90 yards by Deon Fairley for a two-point play and Fairley also had a pass interception.
It was also JCJC’s second straight game without a turnover.
The Bobcats kicked off to Coahoma to start the game and after allowing one first down, they forced a punt.
JCJC took over on its own 31-yard line and was promptly called for an illegal procedure. Powell then gained a yard on a carry.
On the next play, Powell took the handoff to his right, pulled up and fired a pass to a wide open Montague down the visitors’ sideline for a touchdown. Logan Brewer’s extra point gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 10:37 showing.
On the Bobcats’ next possession, they drove 66 yards in 11 plays for a score. Stevens hit Montague on a fade route from the 4-yard line for the score. Brewer’s kick made it 14-0 with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
The Bobcats would use the ‘quick strike’ approach again for their next score.
On their third possession of the game, JCJC took over on its own 21. After an incomplete pass on first down, Stevens found Lofton over the middle near his own 40.
Lofton would take it the remainder of the way and cap the 79-yard play, giving JCJC its third touchdown pass of the first quarter. Brewer’s extra point gave Jones a 21-0 lead with 2:01 left in the opening period.
But Coahoma would battle back in the second quarter.
Led by the running of Daveonn Porter, the Tigers began to have some success against the JCJC defense. They moved the ball from their 28 to the Bobcat 17, where they turned it over on downs.
But on their next possession, the Tigers drove 63 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. Coahoma got a break during the drive when JCJC’s Deneco Hathorn intercepted a pass and return it 84 yards for an apparent score. But the Bobcats were called for a personal foul, the touchdown was negated and Coahoma would maintain possession.
Porter’s 6-yard scoring run and Trent Williams’ extra point made it 21-7 with 4:41 left in the first half.
However, JCJC would answer with another fast-paced drive.
Taking over on their own 29 with just 40 seconds left in the half, the Bobcats would drive downfield as Stevens would hit four consecutive passes – three to Ducksworth and one to Powell. A 21-yard strike from Stevens to Ducksworth put the ball at the Coahoma 19 with 5.5 seconds left in the half.
Following a timeout, Brewer would nail a 36-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bobcats a 24-7 lead at intermission.
JCJC continued to roll in the third quarter.
Powell would return the second half kickoff 32 yards to the Coahoma 47.
Five plays later at the Tiger 35, Stevens found Livingston over the middle near the Coahoma 10. Livingston broke a couple of tackles and made his way into the end zone for the touchdown. Brewer’s kick gave JCJC a 31-7 lead with 13:01 left in the third quarter.
Coahoma moved into JCJC territory on their next possession, but Fairley made a diving interception at his own 27 to end the threat.
JCJC would then drive 68 yards in 15 plays and take almost eight minutes off the clock. A 12-yard Stevens to Deuce Coon touchdown pass was called back because of a penalty, but Brewer would boot a 22-yard field goal to give Jones a 34-7 lead with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Coahoma would take the ensuing kickoff and drive 60 yards in nine plays for a score. Quarterback Jaszy Parker’s 9-yard run capped the march and made it 34-13.
However, Garner would block the extra point attempt and Fairley would ‘scoop and score’ – taking the ball 90 yards for a two-point play to make it 36-13 with 14:23 left in the game.
On JCJC’s next possession, backup quarterback Davin Burch would fumble a snap. Coahoma’s Donnie Tenner would pick it up and return it 41 yards for a touchdown. Williams’ extra point was good and suddenly it was 36-20 with 12:23 still remaining.
But the Bobcats would answer quickly, driving 64 yards in seven plays. Stevens hit Powell on a short pass that the Lake City, Fla., running back would turn into a 43-yard gain to the Coahoma 5-yard line. Two plays later, Powell took a toss to his right and found paydirt. Brewer’s conversion made it 43-20 with 9:04 remaining.
JCJC’s final points came when they drove from the Tiger 40 to the 19 in five plays. Brewer would connect on a 39-yard field goal with 1:37 to end the scoring.
Porter would have a solid game for the Tigers, gaining 146 yard on 19 carries. He had 12 carries for 112 yards in the first half.
The Bobcats open MACJC South Division play at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at 12th-rated Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The game will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv. The Bulldogs scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie and defeat Mississippi Delta, 31-14, on Thursday.
Coahoma begins MACJC North Division play next week by visiting Holmes next week.
Thursday, Sept. 8
At Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
Coahoma 0 7 0 13 – 20
Jones County 21 3 10 12 – 46
15 First Downs 21
35-187 Rushes-Yards 33-105
14-28-1 Att-Comp-Int 19-30-0
79 Passing Yards 378
266 Total Offense 483
10-85 Penalties-Yards 12-75
6-35.7 Punts-Ave. 3-43.4
3-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0
173 Return yardage 176
1st quarter – JCJC, Jamaal Montague 73-yard pass from Tiger Powell, 10:37. Logan Brewer PAT. JCJC 7-0
1st quarter – JCJC, Montague 4-yard pass from Ben Stevens, 4:42. Brewer PAT. JCJC 14-0.
1st quarter – JCJC, Malik Lofton 79-yard pass from Stevens, 2:01. Brewer PAT. JCJC 21-0.
2nd quarter – Coahoma, Daveonn Porter 6-yard run, 4:41. Trent Williams PAT. JCJC 21-7.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Brewer 36-yard field goal, :00. JCJC 24-7
3rd quarter – JCJC, Keghan Livingston 35-yard pass from Stevens, 13:01. Brewer PAT. JCJC 31-7.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Brewer 22-yard field goal, 2:57. JCJC 34-7.
4th quarter – Coahoma, Jaszy Parker 9-yard run, 14:23. PAT blocked and returned 90 yards by Deon Fairley for a two-point conversion. JCJC 36-13.
4th quarter – Coahoma, Donnie Tenner 41-yard fumble return, 12:23. Williams PAT. JCJC 36-20.
4th quarter – JCJC, Powell 3-yard run, 9:04. Brewer PAT. JCJC 43-20.
4th quarter – JCJC, Brewer 39-yard field goal, 1:37. JCJC 46-20.
JCJC – Tiger Powell 12-51; Jovontae Thurmon 15-49; Davin Burch 1-4; Devontay Barnett 2-2; Ben Stevens 3-(-1).
JCJC – Ben Stevens 18-28-0 for 305; Powell 1-1-0 for 73; Burch 0-1-0
JCJC – Jamaal Montague 4-77; Malik Lofton 3-101; J.D. Ducksworth 5-63; Deuce Coon 3-34; Powell 2-62; Livingston 2-41
JCJC – Fairley 90 yard PAT block return; Lofton 1 punt return for 19; Cortez Cooks 1 KO return for 29; Powell 2 kickoff returns for 38.