Jones Co. Bobcats Stifle Mississippi Delta

ELLISVILLE, Miss. - Jones County Junior College got a sterling effort from its defense and whipped the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans, 25-14, here Saturday afternoon on a brisk Homecoming day at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

The victory was the sixth straight for the 16th-ranked Bobcats, who are now 6-2 on the season. Mississippi Delta falls to 2-6.

Jones will now host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in a game that will determine the MACJC South Division championship. Jones is 5-0 in the league, while Gulf Coast is 4-0 and will host Hinds at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. That game was postponed from Thursday because of severe lightning.

JCJC limited the Trojans to just 96 yards of total offense and only five first downs. The Bobcats came up with seven turnovers on the day.

Collins' freshman defensive tackle Mario Owens had an interception and a fumble recovery. Taylorsville freshman linebacker Leroyce Keyes, Mize sophomore linebacker D.A. Autry and West Jones sophomore defensive back Marcus Pierce also had fumble recoveries, while Laurel sophomore defensive back DeAntrae McInnis and Raleigh sophomore defensive back Jamie Bender had interceptions.

On offense, Virginia Beach, Va., sophomore quarterback Brian Robinson threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 35 yards, giving him 289 yards of total offense.

Laurel sophomore wide receiver Anthony Jackson had seven receptions for 160 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown. Another Laurel sophomore wide receiver, Rafael Pollard, had a 30-yard touchdown reception. Bay Springs' freshman Justin Gaines rushed 22 times for 48 yards, including a 3-yard scoring run. Gaines played in place of leading ground gainer Bubba Brown, who missed the game because of an ankle injury.

The Bobcat defense made its mark right off the bat.

JCJC took the opening kickoff and moved to the Trojan 37-yard line where the drive stalled. Quitman sophomore punter Jacob Chancellor punted the ball and the Bobcats downed it on the 2-yard line.

On Delta's first play from scrimmage, running back Jarvis Smith ran to his right on a sweep and was tackled in the end zone for a safety by a host of Bobcats with Northeast Jones' sophomore Ramon Blakeney among those defenders. That gave Jones a 2-0 lead with 11:47 left in the first quarter.

Raleigh sophomore Chris Lofton returned the ensuing free kick 20 yards to the Trojan 49. Seven plays later, Gaines scored from three yards away. The big play in the drive was a 32-yard pass from Robinson to Jackson on fourth and 7 at the Delta 35. Chancellor's conversion gave Jones a 9-0 lead with 8:31 left in the first quarter.

The Trojans had a chance to put points on the board early in the second quarter when they intercepted a pass and started a drive on the Bobcat 18. However, on fourth and 17 from the 25, McInnis picked off a Jacob Land pass at the 12 and returned it to the Delta 47.

The Bobcats threatened later in the second quarter when they moved from their 26 to the Trojan 17. However, Delta's Kenneth Cattlidge picked off a pass in the end zone for a touchback to end the threat.

Delta, which had only one first down and 20 yards of offense in the first half, came out on fire in the third quarter.

Thomas Moore took the second half kickoff and returned it 29 yards to his 44. The Bobcats were called for a facemask penalty and Delta started the drive on the JCJC 41.

Seven plays later, Land took the snap, stumbled, almost fell to the ground, but managed to lob a 2-yard scoring pass to Labrodrick Barnett. Parker Brocato's conversion made it 9-7 with 11:51 left in the third quarter.

Two possessions later, the Trojans blocked a JCJC punt and Jermarlous Moten returned it 24 yards to the Bobcat 9.

Two plays later, Charles Ambrose scored on a 4-yard run. Brocato's extra point was good and suddenly Delta led 14-9 with 7:29 left in the third quarter.
But the Bobcats answered quickly.

They took the kickoff and promptly moved 61 yards in four plays for the go-ahead score. Robinson, rolling to his right, threw back across the field to his left and found Pollard open in the end zone from 30 yards out for the touchdown. The key play in the drive was a 34-yard pass from Robinson to Brandon May on third and 13. The Bobcats went for two, but Robinson's pass fell incomplete. Still, JCJC was up 15-14 with 6:10 left in the third quarter.

The Bobcats had a chance to increase the lead when Keyes recovered a fumble at the Delta 22. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Chancellor's 34-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright and fell to the ground.

But JCJC did score on its next possession. That's when Robinson found Jackson down the middle for a 49-yard touchdown. Jackson caught the ball and fell backwards into the end zone. Chancellor's kick made it 22-14 with 12:16 remaining to play.

Jones iced the game when Owens intercepted a pass at the Delta 30 and returned it to the 21. Eight plays later, Chancellor booted a 25-yard field goal to close the scoring with 1:16 left in the game.

Saturday's game vs. Gulf Coast will be shown live on and can be heard on WGDQ-FM, 93.1. The pregame show starts at 1:30 p.m.
Mississippi Delta ends its season Thursday, Oct. 22, when they travel to East Mississippi.

Mississippi Delta at Jones County

Jones County 25, Miss. Delta 14

Saturday, Oct. 17

At Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field

Miss. Delta  0 0 14 0 -  14
Jones County  9 0 6 10 - 25

5                      FD                               13
35-34               Rushes-Yards              42-96
7-18-3              Att-Comp-Int              15-30-2
52                    Passing Yards             254
86                    Total Offense              350
3-24                 Penalties-Yards           9-79
5-24.0              Punts-Ave.                  4-28.8
4-4                   Fumbles-Lost              4-3
126                  Return yardage           98

Scoring Summary
1st quarter - JCJC tackles MDCC runner in end zone for a safety, 11:47. JCJC 2-0.
1st quarter - JCJC, Justin Gaines 3-yard run, 8:31. Jacob Chancellor PAT. JCJC 9-0.
3rd quarter - MDCC, Labrodrick Barnett 2-yard pass from Jacob Land, 11:51. Parker Brocato PAT. JCJC 9-7.
3rd quarter - MDCC, Charles Ambrose 4-yard run, 7:29. Brocato PAT. MDCC 14-9.
3rd quarter - JCJC, Rafael Pollard 30-yard pass from Brian Robinson, 6:10. Pass failed. JCJC 15-14.
4th quarter - JCJC, Anthony Jackson 49-yard pass from Robinson, 12:16. Chancellor PAT. JCJC 22-14.
4th quarter - JCJC, Chancellor 25-yard field goal, 1:16. JCJC 25-14.

Individual statistics

Jones - Justin Gaines 22-48; Brian Robinson 16-35; La'Darious Portis 4-13.
MDCC - Charles Ambrose 8-25; Travis Shoddie 13-14; Jarvis Smith 3-2; Jacob Land 5-(-10); Marquise Stephens 4-8; Michael Tanner 1-(-2); Labrodrick Barnett 1-(-3).

Jones - Robinson 15-30-2 for 254 yards.
MDCC - Land 7-17-3 for 52 yards; Anthony Simpson 0-1-0 for 0 yards.

Jones - Anthony Jackson 7 for 160; Rafael Pollard 2 for 32; Brandon May 2 for 40; Justin Gaines 2 for 15; Robert Ross 1 for 5; Clifton Pollock 1 for 2.
MDCC - Ambrose 2 for 32; J. Smith 2 for 6; Shoddie 1 for 7; Barnett 1 for 2; Tanner 1 for -3.

Jones - Jacob Chancellor 4 for 115 yards - 28.8 ave.
MDCC - Simpson 5 for 120 yards - 24.0 ave.

Jones - Chris Lofton 1 KO return for 15 yards; Lofton 1 punt return for 20 yards; Anthony Jackson 1 KO return for 13 yards; Jamie Bender 1 punt return for 0 yards; Mario Owens 1 int return for 9 yards; DeAntrae McInnis 1 int return for 41 yards; Bender 1 int return for 0 yards.
MDCC - L. Barnett 3 KO returns for 53 yards; Thomas Moore 1 KO return for 29 yards; Jamrious Lyons 1 KO return for 14 yards.

Photo/Marlo Dorsey, JCJC Public Relations

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