ELLISVILLE – It was a decisive 31-9 victory for No. 15 Jones College over No. 2 Northwest Mississippi here Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The Bobcats outgained Northwest 449-276 in total offense and had a major edge in time of possession, 37:20-22:40 in pulling the upset of the defending MACCC champions.
Jones quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (Bastrop, Louisiana) was 20-of-28 through the air for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receiver Qua Sanders (West Lowndes) had five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Bud Tolbert (Water Valley) had seven catches for 82 yards and a score.
Running back La’Damian Webb (Opelika, Alabama) rushed 27 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 354 yards rushing in two games. His 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter punctuated the victory.
Linebacker Mike Cockream (Ray Brooks) had seven tackles and one tackle for loss. Defensive back Lardarius Webb Jr. (Jackson Academy) had six tackles, two tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Defensive tackle Brodarius Lewis (Prattville, Alabama) had four tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
Jones established control immediately.
The Bobcats took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards in seven plays. Hawkins passed 17 yards to Tolbert for a touchdown and Brody Pierce’s (Starkville Academy) extra point made it 7-0 with 11:07 left in the first quarter.
The Bobcats appeared to score another touchdown on its second possession when Hawkins found Tolbert on a 63-yard pass. But Jones was called for offensive pass interference on the play.
Jones almost scored another touchdown on its next possession, but a dropped pass on a fourth and 4 play from the Ranger 28 ended the threat.
The Bobcats finally got its second touchdown when they went 57 yards in five plays. Webb scored on a 2-yard run and Pierce made the extra point to make it 14-0 with 11:34 to play in the first half.
It remained that way until early in the third quarter when the Rangers got on the board. Eli Hamlin’s 34-yard field goal made it 14-3 with 8:39 remaining in the period.
Jones answered with a 30-yard field goal from Pierce with 2:41 to play in the third quarter to make it 17-3. That ended a 62-yard, 11-play Bobcat drive.
Northwest made it interesting early in the fourth quarter.
Ranger quarterback Michael Hiers connected with Keyon Fordham on a 66-yard scoring strike with 12:52 left to cap an 86-yard, five-play drive. But the Rangers missed the extra point and trailed, 17-9.
The Bobcats then came back with its most impressive drive of the evening.
Jones marched 96 yards in 14 plays and ran 7:26 off the clock.
Hawkins found Sanders for a 10-yard touchdown pass and Pierce’s extra point made it 24-9 with 5:27 remaining in the game.
The Bobcat defense then forced the Rangers to turn the ball over at the Jones’ 39 with just 3:24 to play.
La’Damian Webb then powered his way 61 yards on the next play to seal it. Pierce’s conversion ended the scoring with 3:10 left.
Next up, the Bobcats (2-0) open MACCC South Division play with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 16 at East Central.
Northwest (1-1) begins North Division play next week at Holmes.