EMCC piled up 331 yards of offense, built up a 14-point LEAD and went on to defeat the Bobcats, 28-17.
The Bobcats limited EMCC to just 88 yards in the second half. JCJC also amassed 215 yards in the second half, compared to just 66 yards in the opening half.
JCJC, 0-2, will open South Division play at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, vs. Co-Lin. The game will cap Hall of Fame Weekend activities on campus.
East Mississippi, 2-0, and ranked No. 6, entertains 0-2 Holmes on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The Lions got started quickly, taking the opening kickoff and driving 72 yards in six plays. Quarterback Randall Mackey connected with Bill Franks on a 36-yard scoring strike. Brett Spencer's extra point made it 7-0 with 12:58 left.
Three possessions later, the Bobcats got excellent field position when Raleigh sophomore Chris Lofton returned a punt 20 yards to his own 47-yard line.
The Bobcats got a first down when Mobile, Ala., freshman quarterback Brandon May hit Greene County's Caleb Prentiss on an 18-yard strike. The drive eventually stalled and Quitman sophomore Jacob Chancellor attempted a 50-yard field goal. The kick was partially blocked by EMCC preseason All-American end Claude Davis and the Lions took over at their own 25.
The Lions would move for a first down, but JCJC ended the drive when New Iberia, La., sophomore defensive end Tyrunn Walker would recover a fumble at the EMCC 48. Jones, however, could not move the ball and had to punt.
The Lions would take over at their own 12 and proceed to drive 88 yards in eight plays for a score. Mackey hit Derrick Steele on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Spencer's kick made it 14-0 with 12:34 left in the second quarter.
Jones was forced to punt after the Lions' kickoff and Chancellor boomed it 50 yards downfield. EMCC's Lance Lewis tried to field it over his shoulder, fumbled and JCJC's Jamie Bender recovered at the Lion 21.
On the very next play, Bobcat running back Bubba Brown raced 21 yards for a touchdown. Chancellor added the extra point to make it 14-7 with 10:29 left in the first half.
EMCC would then drive into Jones' territory. Mackey made a 14-yard run, but the ball was knocked loose and Northeast Jones' sophomore safety Ramon Blakeney caught the ball in the air. Blakeney returned it from his 35 to the Bobcat 42. The Lions were called for a 15-yard, ‘horsecollar' penalty and the Bobcats took over on the EMCC 43.
Jones was unable to move, however, and Chancellor punted the ball down to the Lion 7.
EMCC would then drive again into Bobcat territory, but backup quarterback Brad Henderson's pass was picked off by Lofton at the Bobcat 6 to end the threat.
The Bobcats would have to punt again and the Lions would take over at the JCJC 31 with just 2:01 left in the half.
Six plays later, Henderson would connect with Lewis on a 13-yard scoring pass on a third and 12 play. Spencer's PAT gave the Lions a 21-7 lead with just 49 seconds left in the first half.
Jones got off to a better start in the second half. The Bobcats took the kickoff and drove from their own 33 to the EMCC 31 in 10 plays. But on fourth and 5 at the Lion 32, May could only gain a yard on a scramble and the hosts took over on downs.
On JCJC's next possession, the Bobcats drove from their 20 all the way to the EMCC 9, where they faced a second and 4. However, May was sacked for a 13-yard loss and backup quarterback Robert Ross, a Bay Springs' freshman, was then picked off by EMCC's Gabe Poe at the 9 to end the drive.
The Bobcats would break through on its next possession. Jones drove from its own 40 to the Lion 6. On third and 2, quarterback Brian Robinson – who had entered the game to start the fourth quarter – fumbled while trying to hand the ball off to Brown and the Bobcats lost four yards back to the 10.
Chancellor would then enter and boot a 27-yard field with 11:25 left in the game. That trimmed EMCC's lead to 21-10.
EMCC would then take the ensuing kickoff and march 88 yards in 10 plays. Pat Shed raced 12 yards for the score. Spencer's extra point made it 28-10 with 7:13 left.
Jones would then come right back with Robinson at quarterback. Robinson, a freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., drove the team 56 yards in nine plays. Bay Springs' freshman running back Justin Gaines would score from 5 yards out and Chancellor's extra point would end the scoring with just 3:12 remaining.
Brown rushed for 57 yards and Robinson added 50 for JCJC. May threw for 102 yards for the Bobcats, with Laurel freshman Rafael Pollard having three receptions for 41 yards and Hanceville, Ala., sophomore Tristan Purifoy getting two catches for 35 yards.
Jones ended the game with 152 yards passing, 129 yards rushing and 281 yards of offense. The Bobcats did not punt in the second half.
Mackey threw for 196 yards, rushed for 82 yards and accounted for 278 yards of offense for EMCC. The Lions had an exceptionally balanced attack, with 210 yards rushing, 209 yards passing and 419 yards of total offense.
EMCC lost three fumbles and threw an interception, while the Bobcats lost just one fumble.