By Shawn Wansley, Jones Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The 9th-ranked Jones College Bobcats were tied 7-7 with Southwest Mississippi after one quarter of play.
But a 28-point second quarter proved to be decisive as the Bobcats rolled to a 51-21 decision over the Bears here on a rainy Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
Jones is now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the MACJC South Division. Southwest falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in division play.
The Bobcats got three touchdown passes from quarterback Stetson Bennett (Blackshear, Georgia) and another from quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central). Wide receiver Johnquarise Patterson (Pearl) had three catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns and Gabe Douglas (Denton, Texas) had six catches for 72 yards and a score. Running back Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) rushed 20 times for 98 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, Devonte Toles (Pass Christian) had a fumble return for a score after Daylen Gill (Louisville) caused the turnover. End Chei Hill (Miami, Florida), the reigning MACJC Player of the Week, caused problems all night long for the Bears.
On special teams, punter Greg Hayden (Vicksburg) averaged 44.8 yards on five punts and put three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line. Placekicker Cristofer Thompson (Adams County Christian School) perfectly executed an onside kick which boosted the second quarter explosion.
The Bobcats started the game off in fine fashion.
Jones took the opening kickoff and went 63 yards in eight plays. Bennett connected with Nataurean Watts (Petal) on a 5-yard scoring pass and Thompson’s kick gave Jones a 7-0 lead with 11:29 left in the first quarter.
Southwest would tie the game on its second possession.
The Bears recovered a fumble at their own 30 and went 70 yards in four plays with Zarious Keyes scoring on a 3-yard run. Brazos Webb’s extra point tied it up at 7-7 with 7:01 left in the first quarter.
Hayden’s punting kept the Bears bottled up throughout the game. His 37-yard punt was downed at the Southwest 3-yard line early in the second quarter. Three plays later, the Bears punted from their own 1 and the kick only went 21 yards.
Jones would then move 22 yards in four plays with Donte Edwards (Mobile, Alabama) scoring on a 10-yard run. Thompson’s PAT gave the Bobcats a 14-7 lead with 12:07 left in the second quarter.
On its next possession, Jones started at its own 48. Seven plays later, Bennett hit Douglas for a touchdown on third and goal at the 8. Thompson’s kick made it 21-7 with 7:06 to play in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Thompson rolled it just over 10 yards and recovered the ball himself to give the Bobcats the ball at their own 46.
After two consecutive illegal procedure penalties, Jones faced a first and 20 at their own 36.
Barnum then hit Patterson with a short ‘flip’ pass. Patterson took it the distance for a 64-yard touchdown and Thompson’s conversion made it 28-7 with 6:51 left in the second quarter.
But the Bears bounced back quickly as quarterback Da’Bryan Magee found Anthony Jones for a 71-yard touchdown pass to complete a two-play, 75-yard drive. Webb’s conversion made it 28-14 with 6:03 left in the first half.
The Bobcats answered right back by going 59 yards in seven plays. Grandberry scored from a yard out and Thompson’s extra point made it 35-14 with 2:55 left in the first half.
Jones forced a ‘3 and out’ to start the second half and started a drive at the Bear 43 following a 24-yard punt. Six plays later, Bennett connected with Patterson on a 4-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, but Jones led 41-14 with 11:05 to play in the third quarter.
On the Bears’ next possession, Gill would force a fumble and Toles returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Thompson’s kick made it 48-14 with 10:07 left in the third quarter.
But Southwest would score on its next possession when Devante Johnson would take a toss and race 67 yards around left end for a touchdown to complete an 86-yard, five-play drive. Webb’s extra point made it 48-21 with 7:23 to play in the third quarter.
The final score of the game came when Thompson booted a 35-yard field goal with 3:18 left to end a 33-yard, nine-play drive.
Next week, the Bobcats will travel to Pearl River for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 4. The game will air on www.jcjc.tvand WLAU-FM, 99.3, with Mark Easley and Luke Johnson on the call.
Southwest hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast next week.
Jones College 51, Southwest 21
Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
Southwest Miss. (1-4, 0-3) 7 7 7 0 – 21
Jones College (4-1, 3-0) 7 28 13 3 – 51
1stquarter – Jones, Nataurean Watts 5-yard pass from Stetson Bennett, 11:29. Cristofer Thompson PAT. 7-0, Jones.
1stquarter – Southwest, Zarious Keys 3-yard run, 7:01. Brazos Webb PAT. 7-7.
2ndquarter – Jones, Donte Edwards 10-yard run, 12:07. Thompson PAT. 14-7, Jones.
2ndquarter – Jones, Gabe Douglas 8-yard pass from Bennett, 7:06. Thompson PAT. 21-7, Jones.
2ndquarter – Jones, Johnquarise Patterson 64-yard pass from Fred Barnum, 6:51. Thompson PAT. 28-7, Jones.
2ndquarter – Southwest, Anthony Jones 71-yard pass from Da’Bryan Magee, 6:03. Webb PAT. 28-14, Jones.
2ndquarter – Jones, Kalyn Grandberry 1-yard run, 2:55. Thompson PAT. 35-14, Jones.
3rdquarter – Jones, Patterson 4-yard pass from Bennett, 11:05. PAT failed. 41-14, Jones.
3rdquarter – Jones, Devonte Toles 15-yard fumble recovery return, 10:06. Thompson PAT. 48-14, Jones.
3rdquarter – Southwest, Devante Johnson 67-yard run, 7:23. Webb PAT 48-21, Jones.
4thquarter – Jones, Thompson 35-yard field goal, 3:18. Jones, 51-21.
9 FD 17
44-145 Rushes-Yards 34-134
4-13-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-38-0
85 Passing Yards 292
230 Total Offense 426
5-26 Penalties-Yards 12-80
9-31.7 Punts-Ave. 5-44.8
7-1 Fumbles-Lost 1-1
JC – Kalyn Grandberry 20-98; Donte Edwards 10-44; Stetson Bennett 2-minus 7; Fred Barnum 1-minus 1.
JC – Stetson Bennett 18-31-0 for 205; Fred Barnum 4-7-0 for 87.
JC–Gabe Douglas 6-72; Johnquarise Patterson 3-89; Natorian Watts 4-22; Immanuel Jones 3-28; Dontavious Porter 1-20; Kalyn Grandberry 1-12; Nataurean Watts 2-22; Johnny Banks 1-14; D’kenyace Roberts 1-13.