Bobcats defeated Goodman en route to 1947 state championship

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-28 14:32:53

 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, Holmes, en route to the 1947 state title.)

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College enjoyed plenty of success in the years immediately following World War II.

JCJC had shared the 1946 state title with Hinds by posting an 8-1-2 record. They won the outright title in 1947 with a 9-0-1 mark, giving them a 17-1-3 record over two years.

In 1946, the Bobcats defeated Holmes 20-18 with Melvin Hines being the head coach. Coach Vines resigned after the season and Bonnie Graham would be head coach for the 1947 campaign.

The 1947 season was an interesting one on campus. The worst hurricane to strike the area in 32 years hit on Sept. 19, causing numerous problems, according to The Progress Item, Ellisville’s newspaper. There were major power and telephone outages for several days during this time.

The paper also advertised that fans could keep up with college football scores by tuning in to WAML radio each Saturday night at 7:30. Program director Stan Walters read reports from the station’s two wire services, Associated Press and United Press International, assuring fans of fast and complete football reports.

On the field of play, JCJC defeated Pearl River (20-0), Gulf Coast (27-0), Miss. Delta (26-20) and East Central (19-7) heading into the Holmes’ game.

The Bobcats hosted Goodman for Homecoming, but few details are available from the game. Martha Jo Sandifer and Jeff Bailey served as Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. And during their annual meeting, the alumni association supported plans to build a new football stadium.

The Bobcats, led by quarterback Sim Cooley, did their part by beating Holmes, 19-6.

Coach Graham – better known as “Country” – would later go on to fame as being the head basketball coach at Ole Miss.


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