Jones quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (8) threw for a season-high 279 yards Thursday vs. Co-Lin.

The 4th-ranked Jones College Bobcats clinched its third MACCC South Division title. in the past five years here Thursday night at H.L. Stone Stadium.

Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats used an overwhelming defense and a solid game from quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (Bastrop, Louisiana) and defeated homestanding Copiah-Lincoln, 21-7.

The win improves Jones to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in the South Division. The Bobcats are tied with No. 11 Hinds for the top spot in the division, but own the top seed because of their head-to-head, 28-13 victory over the Eagles earlier this season.

Jones will now host No. 7 Northwest Mississippi on Nov. 6 at a time to be determined in the MACCC semifinals. The game will air on JCJC.TV with Mark Easley and Luke Johnson on the call. Hinds will visit No. 1 East Mississippi in the other semifinal game with the conference championship game slated for Nov. 13.

After a scoreless first half, Jones struck quickly in the third quarter.

Defensive back Hershey McLaurin (Collins) intercepted a Co-Lin pass on the first possession of the second half and put Jones in position at the Wolves’ 49-yard line.

Seven plays later, the Bobcats faced a fourth and 4 at the Co-Lin 33. Hawkins connected with running back Robert Henry (Lumberton), who got behind the defense for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Brody Pierce’s (Starkville Academy) extra point gave Jones a 7-0 lead with 11:08 left in the third quarter.

The Bobcat defense forced a punt on Co-Lin’s next possession and Jones took over on its own 40.

On the very next play, Hawkins found wide receiver Bud Tolbert (Water Valley) for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Pierce’s conversion made it 14-0 with 8:55 to play in the third quarter.

The Wolves would take the ensuing kickoff and drive 73 yards in six plays for its only score of the game. Quarterback Paul Hargrave hit wide receiver Tyquan Henderson for a 5-yard scoring pass and Bryce Lofton’s extra point made it 14-7 with 6:08 remaining in the third quarter. A 64-yard pass from Hargrave to Henderson was the big play in the drive.

Two possessions later, Jones would put together a lengthy scoring drive, moving 80 yards in 11 plays. Paul Hughes II (Forest) scored on a 3-yard run and Pierce’s PAT gave the Bobcats a two-touchdown lead with 11:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Hawkins ended the game by going 21-of-30 through the air for a season-high 279 yards and two touchdowns.

Henry carried 26 times for 108 yards. La’Damian Webb (Opelika, Alabama), the nation’s leading rusher, missed most of the game because of an injury and only had one carry.

Tolbert had five receptions for 102 yards and Kendall Coleman (Choctaw Central) had five catches for 54 yards.

Defensively, Jones limited the Wolves to only nine first downs, 31 yards rushing, 155 yards passing and 186 yards of total offense.

The Bobcats piled up 417 yards of total offense with 21 first downs, 279 passing yards and 138 yards on the ground.

Hershey McLaurin has two pass interceptions, giving him five for the season. Lardarius Webb Jr. (Jackson Academy) had a 94-yard interception return late in the game to seal it. The Bobcats now have 22 interceptions as a team, which leads the NJCAA. Markel McLaurin (Collins) had a blocked field goal, giving him three blocked kicks on the season.

Tylan Glass (Nanih Waiya) and Zach Causey (Madison Central) each had five tackles and Kenderian Dixon (Yazoo County) and Ricky Willis (Harrison Central) both had four stops. Willis also had one sack and one tackle for loss. Javeon Jones (Heidelberg) had three tackles and a sack. Corterrious Shaw (Jackson Lanier) and Tahjai Graham (Palm Bay, Florida) each had half a sack.

Co-Lin ends the season at 3-6.