Wolves score late to beat Bobcats, 14-7
Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Submitted: 2011-09-25 09:34:33
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was a frustrating evening for the Jones County Junior College football team here Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
JCJC outgained the visiting Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves by well over 100 yards, but turned the ball over four times in the process. And when Co-Lin’s Chandler Rogers connected with wide receiver De’Vante Scott for a 72-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 left in the game, the Wolves prevailed 14-7 in the MACJC South Division matchup.
The loss drops JCJC to 2-2 overall, 0-2 in the South Division. Co-Lin is now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in division play.
Co-Lin had scored late in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead and it stayed that way until less than three minutes remained.
Then, some fireworks took place – preceding the actual fireworks display that was held immediately after the game to cap Hall of Fame Weekend on the JCJC campus.
The Wolves tried to cushion their one-touchdown lead, but Nolan Long’s 27-yard effort was wide and JCJC took over at its own 20-yard line with 4:25 left in the game.
Quarterback Ben Stevens would then connect on four straight passes to move the ball to the Wolves’ 40.
From there, Stevens lofted the ball downfield to wide receiver Deuce Coon, who made a terrific one-handed, over-the-shoulder reception in stride and took it into the end zone for a touchdown. Logan Brewer’s extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 2:40 remaining to play.
Co-Lin took over on its own 26 followed the ensuing kickoff. Three plays later, the Wolves were faced with a third and 8 situation.
Rogers dropped back and found Scott just over midfield. A couple of Bobcat defenders hit Scott, but he maintained his balance and sprinted the rest of the way for the score. Long’s extra point would make it 14-7.
JCJC would have one final chance.
The Bobcats took over on their own 29 with 1:31 left. Seven plays later, JCJC had a second and 10 at the Co-Lin 46. Stevens threw deep towards the goal line to an open Malik Lofton. Lofton stretched out, but just missed on making the catch.
But two plays later on a fourth and 10, Stevens found Jonathan Ducksworth for a 13-yard gain and a first down at the Wolves’ 33.
Stevens threw incomplete on first down and his second down pass to Lofton gained zero yards and forced the Bobcats to call its final timeout with 7.8 seconds left. Stevens then threw into the end zone for Coon, but the pass fell incomplete. With 2.9 seconds left, Jones had time for a final play, but Stevens’ pass fell out of bounds near the goal line and Co-Lin had secured the victory.
JCJC had several opportunities throughout the game, but hurt itself with turnovers and special teams mistakes.
On the Bobcats’ first possession of the night, they picked up a first down at their own 45 on a 12-yard pass from Stevens to Coon. But he was stripped of the ball and Co-Lin’s Bryan Isaac recovered.
On the Bobcats’ next possession, they drove from their own 9 to the Co-Lin 11 in 13 plays. Stevens connected on seven consecutive passes during the drive, but facing a third and 2 at the Wolves’ 11, he was picked off by Co-Lin’s Perry Keeler to end the threat.
The Wolves then drove from their own 24 to the Bobcat 25 in 13 plays. But Long’s 42-yard field goal was not long enough and the game remained scoreless early in the second quarter.
Jones then took over and moved from their own 25 to the Co-Lin 44 where they faced a fourth and 9. The Bobcats tried a fake punt and snapped the ball to an upback. But the play did not develop, the Bobcats mishandled a pitch and Co-Lin took over at the JCJC 43.
The Bobcats would have another shot on their next possession, driving from their 23 to the Co-Lin 24 in eight plays. But Brewer’s 41-yard field goal attempt was no good.
Two possessions later, the Bobcats would make a special teams mistake and Co-Lin would take advantage of it.
JCJC faced a fourth and 7 from its own 30 and Slater Smith went into punt formation. However, Smith could not come up with a low snap and Co-Lin would take over on the Bobcat 13 with just 1:22 left in the first half.
Wolves’ running back Joel Davis gained 3 yards on first down, but JCJC was called for a facemask penalty, placing the ball on the Bobcat 5.
On the next play, Danny Hobbs would take a handoff and go into the end zone for the score. Long’s conversion gave the Wolves a 7-0 lead with just 46.2 seconds left in the first half.
In the third quarter, Co-Lin had a chance to strike first. They drove from their own 6 to the JCJC 29 in 14 plays. But the drive stalled and the Bobcats would block Long’s 46-yard field goal attempt and take over at their own 34.
From there, JCJC would move to the Wolves’ 16 in just seven plays – the key play being a 25-yard run by Tiger Powell. But a holding penalty moved the ball back to the 26 and on second and 21, a Stevens pass was picked off by Denhendret Collins, who literally took the ball from the JCJC receiver at the Co-Lin 23.
JCJC would hold and force a Co-Lin punt. But Long’s ‘rugby-style’ punt would hit the leg of a Bobcat in JCJC territory. After the players were unpiled, Co-Lin had come up with the fumble at the Bobcat 26 with 7:34 left in the game.
The Wolves moved to the Jones’ 10 in seven plays. But Long’s 27-yard field goal attempt failed, setting up the game’s frantic final minutes.
Powell would have an outstanding game for the Bobcats, rushing 17 times for 125 yards and gaining 39 yards on six pass receptions. Coon had five catches for 69 yards and Ducksworth had five catches for 45 yards. Stevens was 25-of-43 for 239 yards and two interceptions.
Jones ended the game with 20 first downs, 128 yards rushing and 239 yards passing for 367 yards of offense.
Co-Lin had 13 first downs, 95 yards rushing and 153 yards passing for 248 yards of offense. The Wolves were held to just 176 yards until their final play from scrimmage – the 72-yard pass from Rogers to Scott.
But Co-Lin did not turn the ball over, compared to the four for JCJC.
JCJC goes to Holmes at 7 p.m. on Thursday for a non-division game. The contest will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. The game will also air on WGDQ-FM, 93.1. Airtime is 6:40 p.m.
Co-Lin will host Southwest at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Saturday, Sept. 24
At Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
Co-Lin 0 7 0 7 – 14
Jones County 0 0 0 7 – 7
13 FD 20
38-95 Rushes-Yards 22-128
7-14-0 Att-Comp-Int 25-43-2
153 Passing Yards 239
248 Total Offense 367
7-60 Penalties-Yards 9-60
5-31.6 Punts-Ave. 1-30.0
0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2
79 Return yardage 47
2nd quarter – Co-Lin, Danny Hobbs 5-yard run, :46.2. Nolan Long PAT. Co-Lin 7-0.
4th quarter – JCJC, Deuce Coon 40-yard pass from Ben Stevens, 2:40. Logan Brewer PAT. 7-7.
4th quarter – Co-Lin, De’Vante Scott 72-yard pass from Chandler Rogers, 1:37. Long PAT. Co-Lin 14-7.
JCJC – Tiger Powell 17-125; Devontay Barnett 4-7; Ben Stevens 1-(-)4
JCJC – Stevens 25-43-2 for 239 yards.
JCJC – Deuce Coon 5-69; Jonathan Ducksworth 5-45; Malik Lofton 4-17; Quartez Cooks 3-33; Tiger Powell 6-39; Jovontae Thurmon 1-24; Keghan Livingston 1-12.
JCJC – Lofton 1 KO return for 24 yards; 1 punt return for 4 yards; Quartez Cooks 2 KO returns for 51 yards.