No. 13 Miss. Gulf Coast downs Bobcats, 17-10
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-16 09:15:13
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
PERKINSTON – It was a defensive slugfest here Thursday night at A.L. May Stadium.
And the 13th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Bulldogs managed to prevail against the Jones County Junior College Bobcats. MGCCC defeated the Bobcats 17-10 in the MACJC South Division opener for both teams.
The win moves the Bulldogs to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the South Division. JCJC falls to 2-1 and 0-1.
The Bobcats will return home next week to face Co-Lin Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. Hinds routed Co-Lin 36-0 on Thursday. MGCCC travels to Southwest Mississippi next Thursday.
Statistically, the Bobcats and Bulldogs were fairly close in most categories, even though both teams used different approaches on offense.
JCJC quarterback Ben Stevens connected on 28-of-52 passes for 222 yards. Wide receiver Jonathan Ducksworth had seven receptions for 66 yards, while Quartez Cooks had one catch for 57 yards and Malik Lofton had eight catches for 51 yards. Deuce Coon had seven receptions for 41 yards. Tiger Powell led the Bobcats on the ground with 61 yards on 17 rushes.
The Bobcats had 16 first downs and 283 yards of total offense. MGCCC had 17 first downs and 293 yards of total offense.
MGCCC started off the game with a pooch, onside kick attempt that JCJC’s Alec Barlow fair caught at his own 47-yard line.
Stevens went for the home run immediately, but Gulf Coast’s Alonzo Lawrence intercepted the pass at his own 12 and returned out to the Bulldog 32.
MGCCC would march 64 yards in 12 plays before the drive stalled at the JCJC 4. Taylor Pontius would kick a 21-yard field goal and the Bulldogs led 3-0 with 9:58 left in the first quarter.
Later in the opening quarter, JCJC’s Mitchell Brown recovered a fumble, giving the Bobcats possession at their 48. The Bobcats moved as deep as the Gulf Coast 17, but a holding penalty would push them back. JCJC eventually would turn the ball over on downs at the 31.
On the Bobcats’ next drive, they would move from their own 7 to the Bulldog 46 before having to punt.
JCJC would get the ball back on its own 39 on their next possession. This time, Jones would drive 45 yards in 13 plays to get on the board. Logan Brewer’s 32-yard field goal would tie the game at 3-3 with 2:15 left in the first half.
Gulf Coast would then move into Jones’ territory, but Raymond Cotton’s long pass was intercepted by JCJC’s Chris Smith at his own 2 with just 1:11 left in the half.
The Bulldog had all of their timeouts and would force a JCJC punt from their own 4. Slater Smith booted the ball 38 yards, but Gulf Coast’s Otis Jacobs returned it to the Jones’ 18.
Gulf Coast was called for an illegal block in the back, but would start the drive at the Bobcat 28 with just 40 seconds left in the half. Helped by a half the distance to the goal facemask penalty, the Bulldogs would move the ball to the Jones’ 13 with just nine seconds left in the half.
From there, Cotton would find Javon Bell in the front corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Pontius’ extra point gave the Bulldogs a 10-3 lead with just three seconds showing in the first half.
Gulf Coast would fumble the second half kickoff and the Bobcats would recover at the Bulldog 37. But three plays later, they were forced to punt and Gulf Coast would take over on its own 20.
Two possessions later, the Bulldogs would drive 67 yards in 12 plays. Gulf Coast would barley convert a fourth and 1 at the JCJC 12. Two plays later, Reginald Matthews powered over from a yard out. Pontius’ PAT gave the Bulldogs a 17-3 lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter.
Midway through the final quarter, JCJC drove from its own 27 to the Gulf Coast 18. But Stevens was picked off by Jacobs at the 2 to end the threat.
The Bobcats moved the ball to the Gulf Coast 38 on its next possession, but turned the ball over on downs.
JCJC would score its only touchdown of the evening when they drove 66 yards in three plays in the final minute. A 57-yard pass from Stevens to Cooks was the big play of the drive.
Stevens would then hit Ducksworth from a yard out for the touchdown. Brewer’s extra point made it 17-10 with nine seconds to play.
The Bobcats attempted an onside kick, but the ball failed to travel 10 yards and Gulf Coast took over at the Jones’ 39. Cotton would then take a knee to end the game.
JCJC wide receiver Jamaal Montague was injured with 1:00 left in the game and had to be removed from the field on a stretcher. He was taken by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg where he was treated and released early Friday morning.
Thursday, Sept. 15
At A.L. May Stadium
Jones County 0 3 0 7 – 10
Miss. Gulf Coast 3 7 7 0 – 17
16 FD 17
22-61 Rushes-Yards 49-167
28-52-2 Att-Comp-Int 11-18-1
222 Passing Yards 126
283 Total Offense 293
4-43 Penalties-Yards 10-95
8-34.6 Punts-Ave. 7-46.2
0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2
54 Return yardage 65
1st quarter – MGCCC, Taylor Pontius 21-yard field goal., 9:58. MGCCC 3-0.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Logan Brewer 32-yard field goal, 2:15. 3-3.
2nd quarter – MGCCC, Javon Bell 13-yard pass from Raymond Cotton, :03. Pontius PAT. MGCCC 10-3.
3rd quarter – MGCCC, Reginald Matthews 1-yard run, 3:03. Pontius PAT. MGCCC 17-3.
4th quarter – JCJC, Jonathan Ducksworth 1-yard pass from Ben Stevens, :09. Brewer PAT. MGCCC 17-10.
JCJC – Tiger Powell 17-61; Ben Stevens 4-5; Malik Lofton 1-(-)5.
JCJC – Ben Stevens 28-52-2 for 222 yards
JCJC – Jonathan Ducksworth 7-66; Quartez Cooks 1-57; Malik Lofton 8-51; Deuce Coon 7-41; Jamaal Montague 2-7; Tiger Powell 0-3.
JCJC – Lofton 3 punt returns for 18 yards and 1 kickoff return for 36 yards; Stephanio McNair 1 kickoff return for 0 yards; Alec Barlow 1 kickoff return for 0 yards.