Jones County shuts out Co-Lin in season finale

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 29, 2007

WESSON — Jones County Junior College took care of businessThursday night in Stone Stadium, shutting out the Co-Lin Wolfpack13-0 in a lackluster South Division contest. Rebounding from anarrow loss to South Division champion Gulf Coast, the Bobcatsproduced a strong defensive effort and enough offense to beat theWolves in a misting rain.

Jones (8-1, 5-1) already in the state playoffs, tackles NorthDivision champion Itawamba Nov. 3, at Fulton. Co-Lin (3-5, 2-4)derailed by a rash of injuries to key starters in a rebuildingcampaign, never got untracked this season and was limited to 143yards total offense in last night’s season finale.

“We didn’t execute,” said Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis. “Wemissed throws and didn’t run (passing) routes right. We keptshooting ourselves in the foot with the same mistakes we madeearlier in the season.

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“Give Jones credit,” Davis continued. “They have a good footballteam and had a lot to do with our troubles on offense. We playedhard but we didn’t have any consistency.”

Davis watched his son, freshman quarterback Micah Davis, sustaina probable fracture in his lower right leg. He left the contestwith 11:38 left to play and freshman James Walker finished the gameat quarterback.

The Bobcats got all the points they needed in the first quarter.Following an interception of Davis by strong safety ElliottMcGaskin, JCJC marched 58 yards in 6 plays.

A 33-yard completion from quarterback Early James to widereceiver Justin Buckhalter to Co-Lin’s 5-yard line set the stagefor the night’s first touchdown. On first down, Jasper Ducksworth’s5-yard plunge off right tackle and Tyler Caldwell’s PAT kick gaveJCJC a 7-0 lead with 3:29 showing.

The Wolfpack drove to the JCJC 34-yard line but came up empty onthe last play of the first quarter. The Wolves would cross midfieldonly twice in the second half and the Bobcats stepped up ondefense.

JCJC head coach Eddie Pierce said he was happy to forge avictory after the hard-fought, 20-14 loss to unbeaten Gulf Coast. Ahuge letdown was anticipated.

“I’m proud to get a win, especially after last week,” saidPierce who is in his second year as head coach after 11 years as aJCJC assistant. “We are very blessed.

“We didn’t get anybody hurt. We are 8-1 and in the stateplayoffs. We’ll go to Itawamba and see what happens.”

In a game featuring 18 punts, 11 by Co-Lin, the Bobcats amassed367 yards total offense. James, a freshman from Pineville, La.,completed 10 of 33 passes for 168 yards.

“Our quarterback had some bad throws and we had some drops,too,” said Pierce. “Every game means something and we worked hardgetting ready for this one, just like we do every week.”

Pierce saw his team take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter. TheBobcats went 55 yards in 4 plays. James hooked up with Ducksworthwho was wide open in Co-Lin’s secondary, going 25 yards for theTD.

Freshman defensive back Troy Giddens intercepted James at theCo-Lin 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter but the Wolves wereunable to crank up their offense. Leading rusher Kentrell Clevelandaggravated a leg injury on the second half kickoff and finishedwith 68 rushing yards. He had 77 yards the first half.

“I feel sorry for our sophomores,” said Davis. “Injuries reallyhurt us this year.

“Now we have to get out and recruit the best players in ourdistrict, plus some good out-of-state players who can help us.”