No. 3 Bobcats cruise past East Central, 47-0October 4, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
DECATUR – The 3rd-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats maintained their focus here Thursday night at Bailey Stadium against winless East Central Community College.
The Bobcats used a 24-point second quarter to take command, the defense put up a shutout and JCJC rolled to a 47-0 victory over the Warriors. JCJC was coming off victories over previously unbeaten teams Mississippi Gulf Coast and Copiah-Lincoln.
JCJC is now 6-0 overall and in sole possession of first place in the MACJC South Division at 4-0. The Warriors fall to 0-6 and 0-4.
The Bobcats continued to pile up the yards, especially through the air. JCJC gained 550 yards of total offense with 382 yards coming via the passing route.
Starting quarterback Kenny Coleman was 6-of-11 for 192 yards. Steven Swindle played only the second quarter and completed 8-of-10 for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Wide receiver Quartez Cooks had four catches for 158 yards and two scores, while Jarret Smith had four catches for 78 yards.
Running back Keshod Willis rushed 14 times for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Bobcats allowed just 247 yards, 103 on the ground.
JCJC punted on its first possession – it’s only punt of the game.
On their second possession, the Bobcats marched 74 yards in five plays. Thamaz Taylor did the honors on a 4-yard run. A 42-yard pass from Coleman to Cooks set up the touchdown. Grant McLaurin’s extra point made it 7-0 with 6:51 left in the first quarter.
East Central took the ensuing kickoff and drove from its own 18-yard line to the JCJC 32 in 11 plays. A fake punt that gained 12 yards and a first down kept the drive alive. However, on fourth and 1 at the Bobcat 32, ECCC running back Lamarcus Franks was stuffed for no gain and the Bobcats took over.
JCJC marched from there to the Warrior 30 in seven plays. The drive stalled and McLaurin booted a 47-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 14:08 left in the first half.
The Bobcat defense then forced a fumble on ECCC’s next drive and JCJC took over on the Warrior 34.
Swindle hit JaMicheal Willis on a 31-yard gain to the 3. Two plays later, Willis scored from a yard away. McLaurin’s kick made it 17-0 with 13:26 left in the second quarter.
JCJC then took over on its own 20 after a Warrior punt.
Swindle hit Smith for a 36-yard gain and then followed up with a 44-yard scoring strike to Cooks – 80 yards in just plays. McLaurin’s conversion made it 24-0 with 7:18 left in the second quarter.
On their next possession, the Bobcats went 66 yards in just five plays. This time, Swindle hit Cooks down the middle for a 24-yard touchdown pass. McLaurin’s extra point made it 31-0 with 3:46 left in the second quarter.
East Central then took the Bobcat kickoff and drove from their 27 to the JCJC 6. A 61-yard pass from Donnie Farmer to Hakeem Parker was the big play of the drive. However, the drive stalled, Austin Franklin’s 23-yard field goal was blocked and the Warriors remained scoreless.
The Bobcats took the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards in seven plays. Coleman walked in from a yard out for the score. McLaurin’s kick made it 38-0 with 12:33 left in the third quarter.
After forcing a Warrior ‘3 and out’ the Bobcats took over on their own 30. Eight plays later, Cole Byrd booted a 45-yard field goal to give Jones a 41-0 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter.
On the Bobcats’ next possession, they drove from their 40 to the Warrior 28 in eight plays. However, Byrd’s 45-yard field goal attempt was off to the left.
JCJC’s final score came when they marched 60 yards in 10 plays with Jamal Hatten scoring on a 2-yard run. The extra point attempt was blocked. A 37-yard pass from Coleman to Willis was the big play of the drive.
The Warriors had one final chance to score, driving from their own 26 to the Bobcat 17 in 14 plays. But Farmer’s fourth and 9 pass into the end zone was knocked down and the Bobcats had preserved the shutout.
JCJC returns home next week to face the Hinds Community College Eagles at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. The game will air on www.jcjc.tv and WLAU-FM, 99.3
The Warriors will host Mississippi Delta at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 for Homecoming.