Powell scores six touchdowns to lead Bobcats past Holmes, 38-20
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-30 02:34:16
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
GOODMAN – Tiger Powell had a record-setting performance here Thursday night at Ras Branch Field.
Powell, a 6-foot, 205-pound sophomore running back, scored six touchdowns and accounted for 273 all-purpose yards to lift the Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 38-20 victory over the Holmes Community College Bulldogs.
JCJC improves to 3-2 with the victory, while Holmes falls to 1-4.
Powell scored on runs of 1, 75, 7 and 30 yards and had a pair of 27-yard touchdown receptions from quarterback Ben Stevens. The six touchdowns are believed to at least tie a single-game record for touchdowns in a game.
The Lake City, Fla., native rushed 24 times for 205 yards, had three pass receptions for 51 yards and returned a kickoff 17 yards.
Powell, who committed to the University of South Florida out of high school, got the scoring started early for JCJC when he took a screen pass from Stevens and made his way into the end zone from 27 yards away on the game’s first possession. The play capped a 59-yard, seven-play march.
Punter Slater Smith, subbing for injured placekicker Logan Brewer, misfired on the extra point, but JCJC led 6-0 with 12:30 left in the first quarter.
Two possessions later, the Bobcats were in business at the Holmes’ 39-yard line after Michael McLaurin recovered a fumbled punt by the Bulldogs. But JCJC could not move and punted the ball back to Holmes.
But JCJC added to the lead on its next possession, driving 75 yards in 12 plays. Powell did the honors from a yard out on third and goal. Stevens hit Jonathan Ducksworth on the attempted two-point conversion, but he was stopped just shy of the goalline, leaving the score at 12-0 with 12:00 left in the second quarter.
Holmes would then get on the scoreboard by way of a defensive score.
Jewell Ratliff intercepted Stevens and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. Mitchell Huff’s conversion made it 12-7with 8:00 left in the first half.
On JCJC’s next possession, the Bobcats were faced with a fourth and 1 at their own 44. JCJC went into punt formation, but upback Chris Smith took the snap, went through the left side of the line and raced his way down the sidelines for an apparent 56-yard touchdown run. But JCJC was called for holding on the fake punt attempt to negate the score. Smith would come on and boom the ball 54 yards to the Holmes’ 12.
The Bobcats would force a punt and take over at the Holmes’ 46 with just less than four minutes remaining in the half.
JCJC would then go the distance in just five plays, as Stevens found Powell on a wheel route down the left sideline from 27 yards away for the score. The extra point attempt failed, but JCJC led 18-7 with just 53 seconds left in the half.
The Bobcats would quickly add to the lead to start the second half, thanks to Powell.
He took a handoff from Stevens to his left, broke through the line and raced 75 yards for a touchdown to end an 82-yard, three-play drive. Smith’s extra point gave JCJC a 25-7 lead with 7:35 left in the third quarter.
But the Bulldogs would not go away.
They took over at the JCJC 27 following a Bobcat fumble and went the distance in just two plays. Jacorie Ousley would score on a 16-yard run and Huff’s extra point made it 25-14 with 4:38 to play in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Holmes drove from their own 19 to the JCJC 22, where the drive stalled. Huff’s 39-yard field goal effort was no good and the Bobcats held.
But the Bulldogs would be successful on their next possession, marching 80 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Michael Hamner connected with an open Ledrick Patterson from 15 yards out for the score. The pass attempt for two failed, but suddenly Holmes trailed only 25-20 with 7:59 still remaining.
But the Bobcats would turn to Powell again to gain some breathing room.
They took the ensuing kickoff and quickly drove 60 yards in six plays for a score. A 31-yard pass from Stevens to Deuce Coon was a key play in the drive.
Powell’s 7-yard run would give JCJC a 31-20 lead with 5:08 left. The pass for two points failed.
JCJC would then take over on downs at the Holmes’ 39 with 3:00 remaining.
Fittingly, Powell punctuated the victory with a 30-yard scoring run with 1:31 left in the game. Smith’s extra point concluded the scoring.
JCJC ended the game with 20 first downs, 257 rushing yards, 183 yards through the air and 440 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs had 15 first downs, 76 yards rushing and 214 yards passing for 290 yards of offense.
Thurmon came off the bench to rush for 53 yards for JCJC. Ducksworth had three receptions for 48 yards, while Malik Lofton had four catches for 31 yards and Keghan Livingston had 3 receptions for 22 yards.
Stevens was 14-of-24 for 183 yards.
Hamner was 21-of-31 for 214 yards for Holmes. Patterson had six catches for 67 yards, while Jonathon Rumph had four catches for 66 yards and Jamel Johnson caught seven passes for 61 yards.
The Bobcats will resume MACJC South Division play next week when they visit Hinds Community College. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday from Raymond. The game will be audiocast at www.jcjc.tv and can also be heard on WGDQ-FM, 93.1.
Holmes will face Mississippi Delta for Homecoming on Oct. 8.
Thursday, Sept. 29
At Ras Branch Field
Jones County 6 12 7 13 – 38
Holmes 0 7 7 6 – 20
20 FD 15
39-257 Rushes-Yards 26-76
14-24-1 Att-Comp-Int 21-33-1
183 Passing Yards 214
440 Total Offense 290
9-70 Penalties-Yards 4-35
5-45.2 Punts-Ave. 5-33.4
3-1 Fumbles-Lost 4-1
91 Return yardage 163
1st quarter – JCJC, Tiger Powell 27-yard pass from Ben Stevens, 12:30. PAT failed. JCJC 6-0.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Powell 1-yard run, 13:00. Pass failed. JCJC 12-0.
2nd quarter – Holmes, Jewell Ratliff 60-yard interception return, 8:00. Mitchell Huff PAT. JCJC 12-7
2nd quarter – JCJC, Powell 27-yard pass from Stevens, :53. PAT failed. JCJC 18-7.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Powell 75-yard run, 7:35. Slater Smith PAT. JCJC 25-7.
3rd quarter – Holmes, Jacorie Ousley 16-yard run, 4:38. Huff PAT. JCJC 25-14.
4th quarter – Holmes, Ledrick Patterson 15-yard pass from Matthew Hamner, 7:59. Pass failed. JCJC 25-20.
4th quarter – JCJC, Powell 7-yard run, 5:08. Pass failed. JCJC 31-20.
4th quarter – JCJC, Powell, 30-yard run, 1:31. Smith PAT. JCJC 38-20.
JCJC – Tiger Powell 24-205; Jovontae Thurmon 8-53; Devontay Barnett 3-9; Malik Lofton 1-6; Ben Stevens 3-(-)16.
JCJC – Stevens 14-24-1 for 183 yards
JCJC –Tiger Powell 3-51; Jonathan Ducksworth 3-48; Malik Lofton 4-31; Keghan Livingston 3-22; Deuce Coon 1-31.
JCJC – Lofton 1 KO return-20 yards and 2 punt returns for 6 yards; Tiger Powell 1 KO return-17 yards; Quartez Cooks 2 KO returns-48 yards.