Northwest, which finished the season at 7-3, claimed a first quarter advantage of 7-0 when backup quarterback Enrique Reese of College Park, Ga., scored on a six-yard run. Jones County countered with a huge play on third down and 13 from its own nine-yard line when quarterback
Charles Hales hit receiver Alonzo Nix with a short pass, which Nix turned into a 91-yard touchdown sprint.
In the second quarter, the Rangers went ahead 10-7 thanks to 47-yard field goal by Brent Smith of Byhalia, but once again, the Bobcats responded with a big play. With Northwest controlling the ball at its own 39-yard line, the Rangers gave the ball to tailback Sherron Moore of Calhoun City up the middle. After gaining three yards, Moore coughed up the football and Jones County defensive lineman Robert Phillips picked it out of the air and ran 42 yards for a touchdown.
"Those two plays were huge," said Northwest Head Coach Bobby Franklin.
"We played the first half just like we wanted it to go, except for those two touchdowns. Take them out, and it's a different ball game."
Jones County added two more scores in the second half, while holding the Rangers to zero points. The Bobcats also limited Northwest to 86 yards passing. The Rangers entered the game ranked second in the state in passing yardage averaging 260 yards per game.
There were some bright spots for Northwest. Sophomore tailback Moore rushed for a game-high 154 yards on 26 carries, while freshman cornerback Jamaal Jackson of Bruce intercepted two passes, bringing his season total to eight.