Bobcats use all aspects of game to throttle Holmes, 54-14August 30, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
GOODMAN – Offense, defense and special teams.
The Jones County Junior College Bobcats got solid contributions from each of those units and whipped Holmes Community College 54-14 here Thursday evening in the 2013 season opener at Ras Branch Stadium.
JCJC used two blocked punts, two lengthy punt returns, an efficient offense and a stifling defense to whip the Bulldogs. The Bobcats broke open a two -score game in the third quarter by scoring touchdowns on five straight possessions.
The JCJC special teams started the scoring in the first quarter.
Marcus Betts broke through the line, blocked a punt and used the ‘scoop and score’ from 4 yards to get the Bobcats on the board. Grant McLaurin’s extra point made it 7-0 with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Holmes was able to answer on its next possession, thanks to a fake punt.
Facing a fourth and 6 at its own 22-yard line, Holmes’ Terrious Triplett took a snap and scampered 42 yards for a first down. Six plays later, Bulldog wide receiver Daniel Huffines caught a 26-yard scoring strike from Payne Horan. The play capped an 82-yard, 10-play drive. Cole Ballard’s conversion made it 7-7 with 12:48 left in the first half.
JCJC was forced to punt on its next possession, but Holmes’ Tee Shepard fumbled the McLaurin boot and JCJC’s Qua Boyd recovered at the Bulldog 22.
Three plays later, quarterback Kenny Coleman scored on a 7-yard run. The extra point attempt failed, but the Bobcats led 13-7 with 9:45 remaining in the first half.
Late in the half, JCJC started a drive at its own 24 with just 40 seconds to play in the first half. Coleman connected with Dylan Bossier for two receptions for 35 yards, plus Holmes was tagged with a pair of 15-yard, personal foul penalties.
A 12-yard, pass interference penalty gave JCJC the ball at the Bulldog 2 with just four seconds left in the half. The Bobcats put the 6-foot-5 inch Boyd in at quarterback. He took the snap and leaped into the end zone as time expired in the first half. McLaurin’s extra point made it 20-7 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, JCJC forced a Holmes’ punt. Return specialist Jarret Smith fielded the kick at his own 47 and raced it to the Bulldog 32. On the very next play, Coleman connected with Quartez Cooks in the end zone for the touchdown. McLaurin’s PAT made it 27-7 with 10:22 left in the third quarter.
The Bobcats begin their next drive at their own 20. Four plays later, Coleman hit JaMicheal Willis for a 66-yard scoring strike. McLaurin’s kick gave the Bobcats a 34-7 lead with 7:21 showing in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs were forced to punt on their next possession. But punter Matt Spencer dropped the snap and under heavy pressure, managed a negative 2-yard punt.
JCJC took over at the Holmes’ 21 and four plays, Thamaz Taylor scored on an 8-yard run. McLaurin’s extra point made it 41-7 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.
The Bobcats forced another ‘three and out’ on the next Holmes’ possession. This time, Smith would field the Spencer punt at his own 30 and return it 65 yards to the Bulldog 5.
Two plays later, Boyd scored on a 1-yard keeper. McLaurin’s extra point made it 48-7 with 1:34 left in the third quarter.
JCJC finished its blitzkrieg early in the fourth quarter, thanks to another special teams big play.
This time, JCJC’s Jamal Young broke through and blocked a Spencer punt. Young picked up the ball around the 15 and returned the ball to the 6.
Two plays later, Keshod Willis scored on a 1-yard run. The extra point attempt failed, but JCJC led 54-7 with 14:14 left in the game.
Holmes ended the scoring when they drove 61 yards in 11 plays. Horan scored on an 8-yard keeper and Ballard’s extra point was good with 10:02 left in the game.
Individually, Coleman was 7-of-12 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 49 yards on eight carries and another score. JaMicheal Willis had four catches for 87 yards, while Taylor had seven carries for 44 yards.
After allowing 196 yards and 10 first downs in the first half, the Bobcats limited Holmes to just 105 yards and five first downs in the second half.
Unofficially, D’Andre Jackson and Kendall Island each had eight total tackles, while Steven Eddings, Lazarus Shelby, Courtney Gaines and Devin Smtih had sacks.
The Bobcats, 1-0, travel to Booneville on Sept. 5 for a 6:30 p.m. contest vs. Northeast Mississippi. The game is scheduled for videocast on www.jcjc.tv and will also air on WLAU-FM, 99.3
Holmes, 0-1, travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast for a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 5.