Bobcats turned the tables on Co-Lin in 1964

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-23 16:42:47

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

 (Note: Jones County Junior College is celebrating its Centennial Year in 2011-12. As the school year goes along, we will take a look back at some notable contests for JCJC athletics. Today, we look back to when the Bobcats defeated this week’s opponent, Co-Lin, en route to the 1964 state championship.)

ELLISVILLE – Going into the 1964 Homecoming matchup against Co-Lin Junior College, the Jones County Junior College Bobcats were on somewhat of a mission.

First, the Bobcats entered the game with a 5-1 record (wins over Holmes, Itawamba, Northwest, Southwest and East Central and a loss to Pearl River) and had their sights set on a state championship. And secondly, the Wolves had been a major thorn in the side of the Bobcats in recent years.

Co-Lin had beaten Jones three times in a row and in six of the seven previous meetings. In fact, fourth-year Bobcat head coach Sim Cooley was 0-3 against Co-Lin going into the game.

The excitement would be high for the Homecoming matchup as a huge pep rally, along with a bonfire, took place on the Thursday night before the game.

The school newspaper, The Radionian, reported, “According to a spokesperson, “Gr-r-reat” is the only way to describe the Bobcat roar which came from the crowd as the dummy player of the Co-Lin Wolves was burned. The dummy was thrown atop the blazing bonfire by members of the Bobcat team as the students cheered.”

That proved to be a sign of things to come.

Barry Jones would score on a 1-yard run in the first quarter to give Jones a 6-0 lead when the extra point failed.

But the Wolves came back and scored late in the first quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Co-Lin made the extra point and would take a 7-6 lead.

The Bobcats would take the lead before halftime when Sonny Windham scored on a 4-yard run. Larry Suchy rushed for the two-point conversion and JCJC would lead 14-7 at intermission.

JCJC added some insurance late in the third quarter when Windham scored from 18 yards away. The extra point attempt failed, but that would be all of the scoring.

The Bobcats would post a 20-7 victory over Co-Lin and would then beat East Mississippi (32-13), Hinds (21-20) and Gulf Coast (14-0) to wrap up the season. It would be their first state championship under Coach Cooley and JCJC’s first title since the Junior Rose Bowl team of 1955.

A special chapel was held after the season at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 25 in the school gym. Coach Cooley, offensive line coach Bill Morris and defensive line coach Leonard Williams called out the players’ names according to their positions and asked each to stand and be recognized by everyone.


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