Bobcats return home to face Co-Lin

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 14:55:00

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats face a crucial MACJC South Division contest this weekend.

But it’s no more or less important than any game they will play this season, according to head coach Eddie Pierce.

“I kind of take the attitude that everybody is pretty good in this league,” Pierce said Wednesday afternoon from the Bobcat Fieldhouse. “You just better be ready to play every week and you just go at it from that standpoint.”

The Bobcats will host the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The game will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv and will air on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call.

JCJC is 2-1 overall and 0-1 in division play after falling 17-10 to 13th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last week.  

Co-Lin faces a similar situation. The Wolves are also 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the league after dropping a 36-0 decision to Hinds Community College last week.

“Somebody is going to be 1-1 in the division after Saturday,” Pierce said.

Last week, the Bobcats did several things well against the Bulldogs.

After spotting MGCCC a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, JCJC’s Logan Brewer booted a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 2:15 left in the half. But the Bulldogs scored a touchdown with just three seconds left in the half to take a 10-3 lead.

MGCCC increased the margin to 17-3 late in the third quarter before the Bobcats got a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Stevens to Jonathan Ducksworth to close the scoring with just nine seconds remaining.

JCJC was outgained by only a 293-283 margin and had three takeaways, while turning the ball over twice.

Pierce felt the Bobcats were a bit nervous to start the game.

“We had some opportunities to win that football game and for whatever reason, our kids came out uptight,” Pierce said. “I will take sole responsibility for that. I think I practiced them too long. But we still had opportunities to win that football game.

“We got some turnovers, but we just could not move the ball offensively. The defense played well enough to win. I have to say that (defensive coordinator) Steve Boyd did a heckuva job in getting them ready to play. There was just a 10-yard difference in total offense.

“But we just could not get it going on offense. We had some freshmen play like freshmen.”

While the offense had trouble moving the ball consistently, the Bobcat defense kept them in the game.

In fact, JCJC now leads the MACJC in scoring defense through three games, having allowed just 37 points – a 12.3 points per game average.

“That’s the only stat I want to lead,” Pierce said. “The rest of that stuff they can have.”

Wayne County linebacker Jerrell Gandy had a stellar game, racking up 13 tackles. He had nine solo tackles, four assists and one tackle for a loss.

“Jerrell has been playing well,” Pierce said. “He has played well the first three games. (Defensive tackle) Derrek Upshaw has done a good job and I’ve been really happy with (defensive back) Chris Smith. But we depend on those guys because they are sophomores and they have to play well for us.”

The Wolves will provide another challenge this week for Jones.

Co-Lin made the playoffs last year and opened the season with victories over Coahoma (24-14) and Holmes (47-14) before faltering vs. the Eagles last week.

They are led on offense by quarterback Chandler Rogers and running backs Robert Wells and Danny Hobbs. On defense, Co-Lin defensive back Davian Noble leads the state in interceptions with five picks in three games.

“Co-Lin always has athletes,” said Pierce. “They have a good running back and a pretty good quarterback. They play really sound defense. Their defensive coordinator, Larry Williams, has been at Hinds, Mississippi Delta and East Mississippi. He is a very sound defensive coach and we are going to have to play well on offense.

“They run to the ball really well and they will show us two fronts. They will be ready to play. They had six turnovers last week and Hinds capitalized on them. They really shot themselves in the foot.”

Pierce is confident his team will put forth a good effort this week.

“I think we are as good as anybody in the state of Mississippi,” he said. “It’s just a matter of who comes out there ready to play. I love this team and we are all in this thing together.

“I think our kids will bounce back and play well. The main thing is we have got to put points on the board.”

Saturday’s game will cap Hall of Fame Weekend. Five people – Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Dale Crowder, Kenneth Schulte and Wilmer Dennis – will be inducted into the Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame during a banquet at 5 p.m. in A.B. Howard Gymnasium Saturday. The inductees will serve as honorary captains and will then be recognized at halftime of the game.

There will also be a fireworks display immediately after the game at the stadium.

Next week, the Bobcats take their longest road trip of the year, heading to Holmes for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 29. Co-Lin hosts Southwest on Sept. 29.

MACJC STATISTICS

- JCJC is 14th in rushing offense (70.6 ypg), fourth in passing offense (282.0 ypg) and fifth in total offense (352.6 ypg). Co-Lin is fourth in rushing offense (189.0 ypg), 10th in passing offense (130.0 ypg) and seventh in total offense (332.7 ypg).

- JCJC is sixth in rushing defense (99.7 ypg), second in passing defense (71.6 ypg) and third in total defense (204.6 ypg). Co-Lin is ninth in rushing defense (115.7 ypg), fifth in passing defense (145.0 ypg) and fifth in total defense (261.0 ypg).

- JCJC is fourth in scoring offense (29.9 ppg) and is first in scoring defense (12.3 ppg). Co-Lin is seventh in scoring offense (23.7 ppg) and is fifth in scoring defense (21.3 ppg).

- JCJC’s Ben Stevens is fourth in passing yardage (253.6 ypg), percentage (71-119-2 for 59.6 percent) and is tied for fourth in touchdown passes (6). Co-Lin’s Chandler Rogers is sixth in yardage (143.7 ypg), fifth in percentage (36-70-6 for 51 percent) and has thrown one touchdown pass.

- JCJC’s Jamaal Montague is tied for seventh in scoring (18 points) and Malik Lofton is tied for 17th (12 points). Co-Lin’s Duwone Harris and Danny Hobbs are tied for 17th (12 points).

- JCJC’s Logan Brewer is first in scoring by kickers with 33 points (9-of-9 on extra points and 8-of-9 on field goals). Co-Lin’s Nolan Long is seventh with 15 points (9-of-9 on extra points and 2-of-2 on field goals.).

- JCJC’s Tiger Powell is 16th in rushing (53.6 ypg). Co-Lin’s Robert Wells is 10th (62.0 ypg), Hobbs is 12th (57.7 ypg) and Jeremy Davis is 13th (55.3 ypg).

- JCJC’s Deuce Coon is tied for seventh in receiving (17 catches for 134 yards), Lofton is tied for 10th (16 receptions for 190 yards), Jonathan Ducksworth is 12th (15 catches for 159 yards) and Montague is 14th (13 catches for 146 yards). Co-Lin’s Alonzo Lewis has six catches for 112 yards and Darren Anderson has nine catches for 92 yards.

- JCJC’s Slater Smith is sixth in punting (37.6 ypp) and Co-Lin’s Long is fourth (38.8 ypp).

- JCJC’s Lofton is third in kickoff returns (31.5 ypr) and 11th in punt returns (7.2 ypr). Co-Lin’s De’Vante Scott is 11th in kickoff returns (25.3 ypr) and sixth in punt returns (13.0 ypr).

- JCJC’s Jerrell Gandy is tied for eighth in solo tackles (20) and is tied for 19th in total tackles (26). JCJC’s Brion James is tied for 25th in solo tackles (15) and has 16 total tackles. JCJC’s Jadarius Garner has 12 solo tackles and Anthony Wilson has 11. Co-Lin’s Terrell Hartsfield is 23rd in solo tackles (16) and is tied for 19th in total tackles (26). Co-Lin’s Bryan Isaac has 24 solo tackles.

- JCJC’s Anthony Wilson and Derrek Upshaw are tied for eighth in sacks (2), while Antonio Ducksworth is tied for 27th (1). Co-Lin’s Jerrell Jordan and Hartsfield are tied for 23rd (1.5).

- JCJC’s Mitchell Brown, Deon Fairley, Deneco Hathorn and Chris Smith are tied for 11th in interceptions (1). Co-Lin’s Davian Noble is first (5) and Denhendret Collins is tied for third (3).

 

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