Jones County Rolls Over Pearl River

POPLARVILLE – To say the Jones County JC Bobcats ended the 2011 football season on a high note would be an understatement. The Bobcats broke open a 14-7 game with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and whipped the Pearl River Community College Wildcats 35-7 here Thursday night at Dobie Holden Stadium in the 81st annual "Catfight."

The victory gives head coach Eddie Pierce's team a 6-3 overall record, 3-3 in the MACJC South Division. Pearl River ends the year at 4-5 overall, 3-3 in the league.
Bobcat running back Lavoris "Tiger" Powell continued to be a workhorse.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore from Lake City, Fla., scored on a pair of bruising, 15-yard runs, as well as a 5-yard run. That gives him 15 touchdowns on the season. He finished the night with 28 carries for 146 yards.

Quarterback Ben Stevens connected on 20 of 30 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Wide receiver Quartez Cooks had five catches for 96 yards and Deuce Coon had three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Bobcats throttled the vaunted PRCC passing attack. JCJC limited the Wildcats to 158 yards passing – well below their 376 yards per game average.

Antonio Parker returned a pass interception for a touchdown, while Mitchell Brown and Deneco Hathorn also had interceptions. Chavez Sims and Phylandus Powe had fumble recoveries.

The Bobcats came out quickly and established themselves.

They took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards in seven plays. Powell took a toss to the left at the Wildcat 15 and dragged several defenders into the end zone for the score. Logan Brewer's extra point gave JCJC a 7-0 lead with 11:41 left in the first quarter.

Pearl River then took the ensuing kickoff and drove from their 28-yard line to the Jones' 8 in eight plays. On fourth and 3 at that point, quarterback Melvin German's pass was picked off by Brown to end the threat.

The Wildcats' next possession ended when German's pass was intercepted by Hathorn off a deflection at the Pearl River 46.

Two possessions later, the Bobcats would add to their lead when they would march 44 yards in just four plays.

This time, Powell took a handoff to his right and, once again, pulled defenders into the end zone for the touchdown. Brewer's kick gave JCJC a 14-0 lead with 13:43 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats' next possession would end in another turnover when PRCC fumbled and JCJC's Chavez Sims recovered at his own 47.

But late in the half, Pearl River would take advantage of a Bobcat turnover to get their only points of the night.

Pearl River's Leon Carlton intercepted a Stevens' pass and put the Wildcats in business at the JCJC 32.

Seven plays later, German sneaked over from a yard out for the score. Pacer Frierson's extra point made it 14-7 with 2:49 left in the second quarter.

The Bobcats had a chance to add some points before halftime, but Brewer's 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Pearl River's Ketrick Wolfe.

Early in the second half, Pearl River had an opportunity to tie the score.

The Wildcats drove from their own 33 to the Bobcat 26 in seven plays. But on the eighth play, running back Larry Thompson gained 12 yards to the 14, but fumbled and JCJC's Powe recovered.

Later, the Bobcats would move 68 yards in eight plays for a touchdown.

The key play of the drive was on the first play of the quarter with Jones facing a third and 23 at their own 44. Stevens hit Cooks on a slip screen to the right. Cooks broke several tackles and raced 38 yards to the Pearl River 18.

Powell would eventually score on a 5-yard toss sweep to the right. Brewer's extra point gave Jones a 21-7 lead with 13:12 left in the game.

The Wildcats would start their next drive at their own 29. On the first play from scrimmage, German's pass to his right was intercepted by Parker and returned 42 yards for a touchdown. Brewer's kick gave JCJC a comfortable, 28-7 lead with 12:50 left to play.

Two possessions later, the Bobcats added their final score. JCJC drove 44 yards in six plays with Stevens throwing a 24-yard scoring strike to Coon. Brewer's kick ended the scoring with 4:10 left in the game.

The Bobcats had 19 first downs, 112 net rushing yards on 38 attempts, 259 passing yards and 371 yards of total offense. Pearl River had 14 first downs, 110 yards rushing and 268 yards of total offense.

German ended the game 22-of-41 for 158 yards and three interceptions. Thompson rushed 11 times for 100 yards.

Pearl River leads the series 41-38-1.

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