Bobcats travel to Holmes for non-division matchup

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-27 14:19:54

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats have a short week to prepare for their next game.

The 2-2 Bobcats, who dropped a heartbreaking, 14-7 decision at home on Saturday night against Co-Lin Community College, head to Goodman to battle 1-3 Holmes Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

“We need to play well,” said JCJC head coach Eddie Pierce on Tuesday afternoon in the Bobcat Fieldhouse. “We need to get back to our winning ways.”

JCJC did several good things against Co-Lin, but they hurt themselves at the worst of times with crucial mistakes.

“We went up and down the field, but we just could not score,” he said. “We had 367 yards of total offense, but we just could not put the ball in the end zone. We played great defense.

“Their first touchdown came off a special teams’ error and then they hit the pass at the end. You just can’t put your finger on one thing that happened. It’s like the old saying goes, we take one step forward and two steps back.”

Jones ended the game with 367 yards, compared to 248 yards for Co-Lin. But the Bobcats turned the ball over four times, compared to zero for the Wolves.

JCJC fumbled the ball on its first possession, but then put together a solid drive on their next possession. The Bobcats drove from their own 9-yard line to the Co-Lin 11 in 12 plays.

Quarterback Ben Stevens hit seven straight passes in the drive, but his eighth attempt on a third and 2 at the Wolves’ 11 resulted in an interception to end the threat.

“That was huge,” said Pierce. “The failure to get the ball into the end zone when we were in the red zone was a big, big thing.”

The Wolves then would get the game’s first score with just 46.2 seconds left in the half when they scored on a 5-yard run. Co-Lin had taken over at the JCJC 13 after a low snap was not handled on a punt attempt.

It stayed that way until just 2:40 remained in the game when Stevens hit Deuce Coon, who made a one-handed catch in stride and scored from 40 yards out to tie the game at 7-7

But Co-Lin would turn a third and 8 situation from their own 28 into a 72-yard pass-and-run for the game-winning score with just 1:37 left to play.

“We played well, but we just shot ourselves in the foot too many times,” Pierce said. “We would drop a pass to kill a drive or have a penalty to kill a drive or have a penalty to keep one of their drives going.

“But give Co-Lin credit. They came out and did what they had to do to win the game.”

Offensively, Tiger Powell rushed for 125 yards, while defensive tackle Derrek Upshaw had nine tackles, including four tackles for loss, and blocked a field goal attempt.

“Derrek had a great game,” said Pierce, “and (linebacker) Jerrell Gandy was all over the field, too. And I thought (defensive end) Jadarius Garner had a big game for us. We had a lot of people play well, especially on defense.

“In fact, I think the defense has played well enough to win the last two games. The offense has sputtered and has not been able to put the ball into the end zone and that’s what you have got to do.”

Holmes, under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Koonz, has found the going difficult early this season. The Bulldogs, 1-3, lost to Southwest 24-21 to start the season and were swamped by Co-Lin, 47-14, in week two. They then got a two-point conversion late to beat Coahoma, 15-14, before falling to Northeast, 21-0, last week.

“Holmes has struggled somewhat, but I will tell you that their team never quits playing,” Pierce said. “They play hard and we will have to play well to win.”

Thursday’s contest will be audiocast on and on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 6:40 p.m.

Next week, the Bobcats will be at Hinds on Oct. 6, while Holmes will host Mississippi Delta on Oct. 8 for Homecoming.



- JCJC is second in scoring defense (12.7 ppg) and eighth in scoring offense (24.0 ppg). Holmes is eighth in scoring defense (26.7 ppg) and 13th in scoring offense (12.5 ppg).

- JCJC is 14th in rushing offense (85.0 ypg), fourth in passing offense (271.2 ypg) and sixth in total offense (356.2 ypg). Holmes is eighth in rushing offense (132.0 ypg), eighth in passing offense (152.5 ypg) and ninth in total offense (284.5 ypg).

- JCJC is eighth in rushing defense (123.5 ypg), second in passing defense (92.0 ypg) and second in total defense (215.5 ypg). Holmes is 14th in rushing defense (244.8 ypg), first in passing defense (91.5 ypg) and ninth in total defense (336.5 ypg).

- JCJC’s Ben Stevens is fourth in passing (250.0 ypg) and is 93-162-4 for 57.4 percent, 1000 yards and seven touchdowns. Holmes’ Nolan Genovese is 12th in passing (85.0 ypg) and is 40-65-3 with one touchdown and 340 yards.

- JCJC’s Tiger Powell is eighth in rushing (71.5 ypg) and Holmes’ Ladarius Redditt is 14th (50.8 ypg).

- JCJC’s Deuce Coon is eighth in receiving (5.5 rpg) with 22 catches for 228 yards and one touchdown. JCJC’s Malik Lofton and Jonathan Ducksworth are tied for 10th (5.0 rpg). Lofton has 20 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while Ducksworth has 20 catches for 204 yards and one touchdown. JCJC’s Jamaal Montague is 13th (4.3 rpg). He has 13 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Holmes’ Jamel Johnson is 19th (3.5 rpg) with 14 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns.

- JCJC’s Jerrell Gandy is tied for eighth in solo tackles (27), Brion James is tied for 14th (23), Jadarius Garner is 22nd (19) and Chris Smith has 15 solo stops. Holmes’ Bronterious Jakes is tied for eighth (27).

- JCJC’s Gandy is 14th in total tackles (36), while James and Derrek Upshaw are tied for 42nd (24). Holmes’ Tyler Wiltshire is tied for ninth (39).

- JCJC’s Mitchell Brown, Deon Fairley, Deneco Hathorn and Chris Smith each have one interception. Holmes’ Josten Day has one interception.

- JCJC’s Upshaw is tied for fourth in sacks (3), while Anthony Wilson is tied for 10th (2). Holmes’ Bobby Hill leads the state in sacks (4.5).

- JCJC’s Lofton is sixth in kickoff returns (29.0 ypr), while Quartez Cooks is 12th (26.6 ypr). Holmes’ Jamal Bass is 22nd (18.6 ypr).

- JCJC’s Lofton is 10th in punt returns (6.6 ypr) and Holmes’ Jonathan Rumph is 12th (4.1 ypr).

- JCJC’s Slater Smith is seventh in punting (37.1 ypk), while Holmes’ Mitchell Huff is fifth (38.3 ypk).

- JCJC’s Logan Brewer is first in scoring by kickers (34 points). He is 10-of-10 on extra points and 8-of-10 on field goals. Holmes’ Huff is 14th (4 points).

- JCJC’s Montague is tied for 14th in scoring (non-kickers) with 18 points. Holmes’ Redditt and Johnson are tied for 14th  with 18 points.


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