Bobcats use big plays to defeat East Central, 46-21October 7, 2012
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College celebrated Homecoming in grand style here on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The Bobcats used a variety of big plays to subdue the East Central Community College Warriors 46-21 and take sole possession of second place in the MACJC South Division.
Co-Lin is 3-0 in the league, while JCJC is 3-1, Mississippi Gulf Coast is 2-1 and East Central is 2-2. The top two teams in the division qualify for the playoffs.
JCJC went to backup quarterback Ethan Hamilton in posting the win. Ben Stevens, who had started the first five games this season, broke his collarbone on the next to the last play of last week’s game at Co-Lin and is out for the season.
Hamilton, a freshman from Noxapater, stepped up and performed well in his first juco start. Hamilton, who guided Noxapater to the MHSAA 1A state championship last year, completed 7-of-13 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 32 yards on the afternoon.
The Bobcats relied heavily on the talents of Mt. Olive sophomore running back Rueben Ducksworth, who carried 20 times for 158 yards and two scores behind another solid effort by the JCJC offensive line.
Lafayette, La., freshman wide receiver Dylan Bossier had two receptions on the day – both going for touchdowns.
Defensively, Wayne County sophomore linebacker Marion Chapman had a pass interception and fumble recovery, while Baton Rouge, La., sophomore cornerback Corey Trim had a pass interception. All three turnovers set up Bobcat scores.
JCJC took its opening possession and drove from the Bobcat 47-yard line to the Warrior 1, where they faced a third and 1. After an illegal procedure penalty vs. JCJC, the Bobcats were backed up to the 6. Ducksworth gained two yards on third down and Grant McLaurin came in and booted a 21-yard field goal at the 10:36 mark.
Two possessions later, the Bobcats moved from their 45 to the ECCC 23 where the drive stalled. McLaurin booted a 41-yard field goal to make it 6-0 with 4:28 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Bobcats drove 57 yards in seven plays for the game’s first touchdown. Hamilton had a 22-yard run in the drive and Ducksworth had a run of 15 yards. Ducksworth capped the march with a 1-yard plunge. McLaurin’s kick made it 13-0 with 11:17 left in the first half.
Chapman then set JCJC up for the next score. He picked off a Brock Hall pass at the Warrior 40 and returned it to the 35.
Three plays later, Hamilton found Bossier on a 25-yard scoring strike. McLaurin’s kick made it 20-0 with 9:53 left in the second quarter.
The Warriors then took the ensuing kickoff and drove 73 yards in 11 plays, converting two fourth downs along the way. On a fourth and 1 at the JCJC 31, Hall kept the ball and scored on a keeper. Austin Franklin’s extra point made it 20-7 with 3:41 left in the first half.
The Bobcats regained command midway through the third quarter.
JCJC drove 76 yards in four plays with Hamilton finding Bossier on a 63-yard touchdown pass. McLaurin’s kick made it 27-7 with 7:03 left in the third quarter.
Chapman came through again on ECCC’s series, picking up a fumble at the Warrior 24. He returned it to the 15 before he was tripped up.
Four plays later, Ducksworth scored from a yard out and McLaurin’s extra point gave JCJC a 34-7 lead with 2:32 left in the third quarter.
Trim’s interception put the Bobcats in position for the knockout punch. Trim picked off a Hall pass at his own 43 and returned it to the ECCC 40. The Warriors were called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the ball was moved to the 25.
After an incomplete pass on first down, Ducksworth carried the ball five straight times and eventually scored on a 7-yard run. The conversion failed, but JCJC led 40-7 with 12:53 left in the game
ECCC then got a quick score, as they moved 61 yards in just four plays. Hall found Ricky Hunt for a 57-yard touchdown pass. Franklin’s kick made it 40-14 with 10:46 left.
On the Warriors’ next possession, they drove 45 yards in 10 plays. Facing a fourth and 8 at the JCJC 18, Hall kept the ball, scrambled and ran in for the touchdown. Franklin’s kick made it 40-21 with 4:26 left.
East Central then attempted an onside kick.
JCJC’s JaMichael Willis took the ball on a hop and raced untouched 41 yards for the touchdown with 4:20 left. The conversion failed.
The Bobcats are now 4-2 overall and will travel to Hinds Community College for a 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on www.jcjc.tv and WLAU-FM, 99.3, with Mark Easley and Ed Smith on the call. Airtime is 6:15 p.m.
East Central, 2-4 overall, travels to Mississippi Delta on Thursday.