By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones College Bobcats got rolling late in the first quarter and could not be stopped.
Jones scored on four straight possessions to end the first half and went on to rip Coahoma 44-0 here Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field in the season opener.
Video highlights and postgame interview with JCJC head coach Steve Buckley can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/zOI444gUxmQ
The Bobcats got two touchdowns each from running back Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) and wide receivers Immanuel Jones (Amory) and Gabe Douglas (Denton, Texas).
Grandberry rushed 28 times for 135 yards. Quarterback Stetson Bennett (Blackshear, Georgia) was 14-of-21 for 190 yards and quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central) was 9-of-10 for 82 yards.
Jones had five catches for 73 yards and Douglas had two catches for 71 yards.
Defensively, Enrique Whaley (Stone) had an interception and the Bobcats limited Coahoma to six first downs – none in the second half – and 86 yards of total offense.
Jones had 23 first downs and 451 yards of total offense.
The Bobcats went three and out to start the game and turned the ball over on downs on their second possession.
But Jones would drive 81 yards in eight plays the third time it had the ball.
Bennett connected with Jones on a 29-yard touchdown pass and Cristofer Thompson booted the extra point to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead. The key play of the drive was when Bennett found Jones for an 18-yard gain on a third and 12 at the Bobcat 45-yard line.
The Tigers were forced to punt on its next possession. The snap to Chasten Lamb sailed way over his head and he recovered the ball at his own 5 for a loss of 33 yards.
Three plays later, Grandberry scored on a 5-yard. The conversion gave Jones a 14-0 lead with
11:25 left in the second quarter.
Coahoma took the kickoff and moved to a first and goal at the Jones’ 8. But the Bobcats stiffened and took over at their own 11 when a fourth and goal pass fell incomplete.
Jones would then go 89 yards in seven plays with Bennett hitting Douglas for a 44-yard scoring strike. Thompson’s kick made it 21-0 with 3:24 left in the half.
The Bobcats held the Tigers and would take possession at the Coahoma 41 with just 2:14 left in the half.
Nine plays later, Jones had a second and goal from inside the Tiger 1-yard line with just three seconds left on the clock. Grandberry got the call and went up the middle for the score on the last play of the half. Thompson’s kick made it 28-0.
After turning the ball over the first time they had the ball in the third quarter, the Bobcats would start clicking again.
Jones marched 66 yards in six plays with Barnum connecting with Douglas on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Thompson’s kick gave the Bobcats a 35-0 lead with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Whaley’s interception gave Jones the ball at the Coahoma 38. The Bobcats would get in position for a field goal, but Thompson misfired from 34 yards out.
But the Bobcats would go 48 yards in 10 plays the next time they had the ball. Jones would score on a 9-yard jet sweep. The extra point attempt was no good and Jones led 41-0 with 13:49 left.
The remainder of the game would be played with a running clock.
Jones would get one more possession. They would drive from their own 44 to the Tiger 18 and Thompson would make a 36-yard field goal as time expired.
The Bobcats return home to meet Holmes at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6. The game will air on www.jcjc.tvand on WLAU-FM, 99.3, with Mark Easley and Luke Johnson on the call. Holmes opened the season with an exciting 29-28 win over Copiah-Lincoln.
Coahoma, 0-1, hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast on Sept. 6.