Co-Lin Wolfpack invades winless Jones Co. Saturday night

Published 5:00 am Friday, September 11, 2009

WESSON – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats are off to astaggering start this season, winless in two outings. They hope tofind the winning combination Saturday night in Ellisville when theywelcome the Co-Lin Wolfpack for the first South Division test ofthe season. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Co-Lin (1-1) is fresh from beating Mississippi Delta 34-9. TheWolves want to continue their winning ways on the road.

Co-Lin played extremely well on defense, holding Delta to just46 yards total offense.

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Against Delta, linebacker Jordan Hunt led Co-Lin with 6 solostops, 7 assists and 2 sacks. Linebacker Ronnie Magee had 10tackles and 7 assists. Bo and Josh Tillman each had 1 sack, plusDonald Langley and Kevin Holmes.

“Jones County runs the ball really well,” said Co-Lin defensivecoordinator Brett Shufelt, reviewing his scouting report. “BubbaBrown is a great back. They try to run over you.”

Brown (5-10, 195) is a freshman from Kissimmee, Fla. He hasrushed 30 times for 212 yards and 2 TDs in 2 games.

Shufelt said the Bobcats run a spread offense. They also use atrap series out of it. Shufelt said the Bobcats “have some tallreceivers and that worries me.”

JCJC’s primary target is Anthony Jackson (6-5, 205), a sophomorefrom Laurel.

The Bobcats are under the direction of fourth-year head coachEddie Pierce who is 21-8 overall. His team finished 7-2 last seasonand 4-2 in the South, missing the state playoffs because of lossesto division foes Pearl River and Gulf Coast.

Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said the winless Bobcats are atalented team. “Jones County is a lot better than their record.They’ve had some tough breaks and I know that has happened tous.”

Davis said JCJC was using three quarterbacks as they regroupafter losing standout Early James to graduation.

“Their quarterbacks are pretty athletic,” said Davis. “Number 11(Brian Robinson) played the most in the second half last week.”

Robinson (5-10, 175) is a freshman from Virginia Beach, Va.

The Bobcats lost 8 starters off their defensive unit but sometalent returns. Davis said, “They have two really good safeties,No. 6 (Ramon Blakeney) and No. 5 (Jamie Bender). They have a goodlinebacker, too, No. 17 (Evan Bostic).”

Bostic (6-2, 235) is a sophomore from Shelby, N.C.

“This is their first home game so I know they will have a goodcrowd,” said Davis. “They will be ready for that.”

Co-Lin’s improved blocking gave quarterback Percy Turner and therunning backs an opportunity to operate against Delta. “We wereable to run the football in the last game and that helped ourpassing game, too,” said Davis.

Turner, a freshman from Jefferson County, completed 12 of 23passes for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for a TD,earning him Offensive Player of the Week honors in the MACJC.

Wide receiver Michael Berry caught 2 TD passes in Co-Lin’svictory. He had 5 receptions for 45 yards.

Freshman Fred Fuller returned a punt 76 yards to paydirt tohighlight Co-Lin’s fourth-quarter offense. The Wolves owned a 7-0halftime lead before exploding for 3 third-quarter touchdowns.

Wolf Tails: In last year’s game at Wesson, the Wolves gave up 3fumbles and an interception to No. 5-ranked Jones County JuniorCollege (3-0), allowing the Bobcats to escape Stone Stadium with anugly 21-9 win. Charles (Bobo) Rancifer and Dequan Menzieintercepted passes for Co-Lin.