By Shawn Wansley, Jones Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The 7th-ranked Jones College Bobcats celebrated Homecoming in style here Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
Freshman running back Kalyn Grandberry rushed for 189 yards, including touchdown runs of 77 and 6 yards, to lead the Bobcats to an exciting, 28-23 victory over No. 15 Copiah-Lincoln.
The victory clinches the second straight MACJC South Division title for Jones and assures the Bobcats (7-1 overall, 5-0 division) will host a playoff game on Nov. 3 vs. the North Division No. 2 team. That will be the winner of the Oct. 25 game between No. 5 Northwest and Itawamba.
Co-Lin (5-3 and 4-1) will be the South No. 2 seed. The Wolves will play at No. 1 East Mississippi on Nov. 3.
Grandberry, who entered the game as the MACJC’s leading rusher, now has 1,057 yards through eight games.
Jones finished Saturday’s game with 366 yards of total offense. They held Co-Lin to only 6 yards net rushing and 262 yards of offense.
The Bobcats pressured the Wolves all day with defensive backs Lakevias Daniel (Louisville) and Gabe Rogers (Jackson Callaway) coming up with interceptions.
The game was scoreless after the first quarter.
The Bobcats had a threat early in the game when they drove into Co-Lin territory, but an interception by RJ Jarrett at the 20-yard line stopped the drive.
Jones had another chance early in the second quarter, but Cristofer Thompson’s (Adams County Christian School) 45-yard field goal attempt into the wind was short.
The Bobcats would break through on its next drive, marching 76 yards in eight plays. Quarterback Stetson Bennett (Blackshear, Georgia) scored on a 4-yard keeper around left end. Thompson added the extra point and Jones led 7-0 with 5:57 left in the first half. A 44-yard pass from Bennett to Immanuel Jones (Amory) set up the touchdown.
Co-Lin started the next drive at its own 11. But a sack by James Middleton (North Charleston, South Carolina) would force the Wolves to punt from its own 1. Jones called for a fair catch and the Bobcats were in business at the Co-Lin 34.
Four plays later, Grandberry scored from 6 yards away and Thompson’s kick made it 14-0 with 3:00 to play in the first half.
Co-Lin appeared to score a touchdown on its next drive when Hayden Davis connected with Malik Heath on a 49-yard strike. But Co-Lin was called for holding during the play and the Wolves would get the ball at the Jones’ 23.
Co-Lin could not move after that and Ashton Garner would boot a 41-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in the first half to make it 14-3.
Early in the third quarter, Jones drove deep into Co-Lin territory and would face a fourth and 1 at the 10. But the Wolves came up with an interception to stop the threat.
Later, the Wolves drove deep into Jones’ territory, but Douglas got the interception at the Jones’ 8 to end the drive.
But Co-Lin would force a ‘three and out’ and partially block a Bobcat punt to take over at the 7. Three plays later, Davis found Heath from 5 yards away. Garner’s extra point made it 14-10 with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
Jones would start its next drive at its own 25.
Four plays later, Grandberry took a handoff to his left, ran up the West sideline and then cut diagonally across the field around the Co-Lin 30. He proceeded to make into the end zone on the East side of the stadium, completing a 77-yard scoring run. Thompson’s extra point put the Bobcats up 21-10 with 7.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
But the Wolves came right back, driving 44 yards in four plays. Davis hit Antoine Robinson on a 29-yard touchdown pass and Garner’s kick made it 21-17 with 13:54 to play in the game.
The Bobcats would fumble the ensuing kickoff and Co-Lin would take over at the Jones 44.
But consecutive sacks by Jamar Richardson (Aliceville, Alabama) and Chei Hill (Miami, Florida) forced Co-Lin into a third and 26. Daniel then came up with the interception at his own 42.
Seven plays later, Donte Edwards scored on a 2-yard run and Thompson’s conversion put the Bobcats ahead 28-17 with 8:50 left.
Co-Lin, however, would answer.
The Wolves marched 75 yards in nine plays with Rico Owens scoring from a yard out. Co-Lin went for two, but receiver Kundarrius Taylor was stopped on a reverse at the 1, leaving Jones with a 28-23 lead with 5:04 to play.
Jones failed to pick up a first down on its next series and Co-Lin took over at its own 20 with 2:48 to play.
The Wolves got one first down, but after three incomplete passes and a sack, Jones would get the ball at the Co-Lin 31 with 1:29 to play.
Bennett would take a knee three times and the Bobcats secured the victory.
Jones College 28, Copiah-Lincoln 23
Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field
Copiah-Lincoln (4-1, 5-3) 0 3 7 13 – 23
Jones College (5-0, 7-1) 0 14 7 7 – 28
2nd quarter – Jones, Stetson Bennett 4-yard run, 5:57. Cristofer Thompson PAT. 7-0, Jones.
2nd quarter – Jones, Kalyn Grandberry 6-yard run, 3:00. Thompson PAT. 14-0, Jones.
2nd quarter – Co-Lin, Ashton Garner 41-yard field goal, :29. 14-3, Jones.
3rd quarter – Co-Lin, Malik Heath 5-yard pass from Hayden Davis, 2:35. Garner PAT. 14-10, Jones.
3rd quarter – Jones, Kalyn Grandberry 77-yard run, :07.1. Thompson PAT. 21-10, Jones.
4th quarter – Co-Lin, Antoine Robinson 29-yard pass from Davis, 13:54. Garner PAT. 21-17, Jones.
4th quarter – Jones, Donte Edwards 2-yard run, 8:50. Thompson PAT. 28-17, Jones.
4th quarter – Co-Lin, Rico Owens 1-yard run, 5:04. Run failed. 28-23, Jones.
JC – Kalyn Grandberry 20-189; Stetson Bennett 16-66; Donte Edwards 9-37; Fred Barnum 4-minus 6.
JC – Stetson Bennett 5-13-2 for 72; Fred Barnum 2-2-0 for 6.
JC– Immanuel Jones 2-47; Gabe Douglas 3-24; Natorian Watts 1-4; Dontavious Porter 1-3.