It was the fourth straight victory for the Bobcats, all in the South Division. The win keeps the Bobcats, 4-2 overall, on top in the division at 4-0. Pearl River, also 4-2 overall, falls to 1-2 in the division.
Jones got a bizarre, 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Robinson to Anthony Jackson, a 99-yard interception return for a score by DeAntrae McInnis and a 4-yard touchdown run from Justin Gaines. Jacob Chancellor booted a pair of field goals and JCJC shut out the powerful Wildcat offense in the second half en route to the crucial victory.
The Wildcats started six drives in JCJC territory - at the 49, 24, 28, 22, 41 and 20-yard lines - but managed only a field goal on those possessions.
Pearl River finished the game with 22 first downs and 337 yards of total offense, compared to JCJC's eight first downs and 204 yards of total offense, but the Bobcats continued to come up with big defensive plays time and again to thwart the Wildcats.
The Bobcats scored first in the game on its opening possession.
JCJC started a drive at its own 44 and drove 31 yards in five plays. The drive stalled and Chancellor - a Quitman sophomore - booted a 42-yard field goal to give Jones a 3-0 lead with 10:36 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats took the ensuing kickoff and proceeded to tie it up. Travis Bradley's 33-yard field goal ended a 33-yard, seven-play march and tied the game at 3-3 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
Jones would then quickly regain the lead on a strange play.
Facing a second and 7 at his own 43, Robinson lofted a pass deep downfield. It appeared to be intercepted by Pearl River's Darnell Jackson around his own 25. However, Anthony Jackson, a sophomore wide receiver from Laurel, took the ball out of Darnell Jackson's hands before he fell to the ground and scampered into the end zone to cap the 57-yard play. It was a two-play, 60-yard drive and Chancellor's extra point gave Jones a 10-3 lead with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats answered quickly, moving 60 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Emil Jones scored on a quarterback draw from six yards away. Bradley's conversion tied the game at 10-10 with 14:36 left in the first half.
Pearl River would threaten several more times in the game, but would not score again.
In fact, on JCJC's next play from scrimmage, Robinson fumbled and Pearl River's Ledarren Cook recovered at the Bobcat 24.
The Wildcats earned a first down at the JCJC 10, but then lost nine yards on three plays. Travis attempted a 36-yard field goal, but it was well off to the left and the score remained tied.
Controversy marked Pearl River's next series.
The Wildcats had JCJC backed up deep and would take over at the Bobcat 28, following a punt. Jones kept the ball for 25 yards to the JCJC 3-yard line. Pearl River was then called for illegal procedure, giving them a first and goal at the JCJC 8.
Running back Rashod Henry got the call, gained a couple of yards and fumbled. However, PRCC's Kyle Kirk recovered at the 2. It should have been second and goal at that point, but the down marker read third down and the Pearl River coaches did not protest.
Jones gained a yard on a sneak and then Henry was stopped for no gain on what was ruled to be fourth down, when it was actually third down.
The Bobcats would take over on downs at their own 1 at that point. JCJC would get out of a hole and drive to the Pearl River 48, where the drive stalled. Chancellor punted the ball into the end zone and the Wildcats would take over at their own 20.
Pearl River drove to the JCJC 39, but Jones would fumble and D.A. Autry recovered for the Bobcats to stop the drive.
The Wildcats immediately threatened to take the lead in the third quarter.
JCJC got the ball first, but went backwards and had to punt from its own five. A 17-yard punt went out of bounds and the Wildcats were in business at the JCJC 22.
The Wildcats quickly earned a first and goal at the Bobcat 7. At that point, Jones dropped back to pass and threw to his left.
McInnis, a Laurel sophomore, timed his move on the receiver perfectly, came up with the interception and would return the pick 99 yards for a touchdown. Chancellor's extra point gave the Bobcats a 17-10 lead with 10:57 left in the third quarter.
Two possessions later, Pearl River would start a drive at the Jones' 20, following a 5-yard Bobcat punt. However, Henry would fumble and Bobcat freshman defensive end Ryan Robinson would recover at his own 30. He returned the fumble all the way to the Pearl River 29 and the Bobcats were in business.
Jones would move to the 20, but on fourth and 1, the Wildcats stopped the Bobcats and took over on downs.
The Wildcats would then be forced to punt from their own 25. Knight's punt was short and JCJC's Roderick McCullum alertly picked the ball up at the Pearl River 48 and ran it back to the 18.
Pearl River would hold, but Chancellor would boot a 36-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter to give Jones a 20-10 lead.
The Wildcats would take the JCJC kickoff and start a drive at their own 36. They moved to the Bobcat 21, but on third and 10, Marcus Pierce picked off a Jones' pass at his own 10 and returned it out to his 31.
The Bobcats would then seal the game with a 69-yard, six-play drive. Justin Gaines - on his only carry of the night - would score from four yards out with 6:25 left in the game and Chancellor's conversion would end the scoring. A 20-yard run by Robinson - topped by a facemask call - was the key play of the drive.
The Wildcats had one final gasp, driving from their 35 to a first and goal at the Bobcat 9. However, McInnis would come up with his second interception of the night - a pick deep in the end zone - and the celebration was on in Ellisville.
Robinson had 36 yards rushing, while Bubba Brown added 33 for the Bobcats. Robinson had 131 yards passing and Jackson had 74 yards receiving on three receptions.
Jones completed 27-of-43 passes for 248 yards, but had three interceptions. Desmond Ratliff had 12 receptions for 110 yards for PRCC.
The Bobcats travel to Summit for a critical division game with Southwest at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Bears are 3-3 overall and are still alive in the race for the playoffs with a 2-2 division mark. Southwest whipped Hinds 35-19 on Thursday.
Pearl River goes to Co-Lin on Oct. 10.
1st quarter - JCJC, Jacob Chancellor 42-yard field goal, 10:36. JCJC 3-0.
1st quarter - Pearl River, Travis Bradley 33-yard field goal, 6:30. 3-3.
1st quarter - JCJC, Anthony Jackson 57-yard pass from Brian Robinson, 5:34. Chancellor PAT. JCJC 10-3.
2nd quarter - Pearl River, Emil Jones 6-yard run, 14:36. Bradley PAT. 10-10.
3rd quarter - JCJC, DeAntrae McInnis 99-yard pass interception return, 10:57. Chancellor PAT. JCJC 17-10.
3rd quarter - JCJC, Chancellor 36-yard field goal, :00. JCJC 20-10.
4th quarter - JCJC, Justin Gaines 4-yard run, 6:25. Chancellor PAT. JCJC 27-10.
Jones - Brian Robinson 19-36; Bubba Brown 11-33; Justin Gaines 1-4.
Pearl River - Rashod Henry 16-28; Albert Richard 2-4; Emil Jones 12-27; Kyle Kirk 1-6.
Jones - Robinson 7-13-0 for 131.
Pearl River - Jones 27-43-3 for 248.
Pearl River - Desmond Ratliff 12-110; Sam Robinson 5-69; Serggio Judkins 3-26; Kyle Kirk 1-8; Scottie Woodson 1-4; Rashod Henry 1-(-)1; Jonnie Dixon 1-11; Albert Richard 1-1; Willie Downs 1-12; Larry Thompson 1-8.
Jones - Jacob Chancellor 6 for 186 yards - 31.0 ave.
Pearl River - Ryan Knight 3 for 77 yards - 25.9 ave.
Jones - Roderick McCullum 1 punt return for 30 yards; Chris Lofton 1 kickoff return for 1 yard; DeAntrae McInnis 1 int return for 99 yards; Ryan Robinson 1 fumble recovery return for 41 yards; Marcus Pierce 1 int return for 21 yards.
Pearl River - Rashod Henry 4 kickoff returns for 83 yards - 20.8 ave.; Tobias Irby 1 KO return for 20 yards; Kyle Kirk 1 punt return for 8 yards.