Co-Lin turns back Jones County
Published 6:37 pm Friday, September 24, 2010
WESSON – Quarterback Percy Turner directed Co-Lin to a 20-0halftime lead and the Wolfpack defense held on for a hard-fought20-14 Thursday night victory over the Jones County Junior CollegeBobcats. Turner passed for one touchdown and ran for another as No.15-ranked Co-Lin remained unbeaten in four games and hiked itsSouth Division record to 2-0.
The Co-Lin defense provided some second-half heroics when theoffense sputtered in Stone Stadium. After JCJC quarterbackTromarcus Toney had rallied his team to within a touchdown, thePack made two big defensive stands.
The Bobcats (1-3, 0-2) missed a 37-yard field goal after driving toCo-Lin’s 15-yard line and strong safety Jordan Hunt later provideda momentum-killing interception as he picked off Toney at theCo-Lin 26 with 3:14 left in the game.
“I just said I had to make a play,” said Jordan, a sophomore fromMeadville. “The coaches trusted me and I couldn’t let themdown.”
Jordan and his defensive mates had limited the Bobcats to just 42yards total offense in the first half.
“We didn’t want them to score,” said Jordan. “Our motto is, ‘Youhave to take out the quarterback,’ and that’s what you have to doin junior college.”
Toney (6-2, 220, so.), from Memphis, was under heavy pressure fromCo-Lin’s defense and tackled three times behind the line ofscrimmage for losses totaling 23 yards. But his passing skillsbrought the Bobcats roaring back. He completed 10 of 27 passes for213 yards and one touchdown.
On their second possession of the second half, Toney hooked up withwide receiver Deuce Coon for 38 yards and a touchdown. Coon draggedCo-Lin defender Pee Wee Cobb the final four yards across the goalline.
Dylan Sobiesk kicked the extra point and it was 20-7 with 7:20 leftin the third quarter.
The Bobcats pulled within a touchdown with 13:14 left in the game.The 94-yard scoring drive required only five plays as Toneycompleted long-distance bombs to Kylan Pollard for 40 yards and toCoon for 41 yards to the Co-Lin 1-yard line where Justin Gainesscored on the next play.
“It (comeback) kind of scared me for a minute but our defense did agood job,” said Turner. “We knew we had to start fast like we didlast week against Hinds but now we have to learn how tofinish.”
Turner completed 9 of 25 passes for 155 yards. He also rushed theball 15 times for 78 yards.
Speedy Fred Fuller returned the game-opening kickoff from the endzone to the Jones 45-yard line, setting up Co-Lin’s first score. Itcame on a 15-yard slant pattern from Turner to Fuller.
Justin Danise kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 11:07 leftin the first quarter.
After Co-Lin’s defense halted a Bobcat drive at the Co-Lin 28-yardline, Turner directed the offense 72 yards to paydirt in nineplays. Sophomore running back Titus Mobley crashed over left tacklefrom two yards out and it was 13-0.
Mobley finished with 18 carries for 66 yards as Co-Lin totaled 142yards on the ground.
Still in the second quarter, Co-Lin went 59 yards in seven plays.Turner scrambled the final six yards and knocked over the rightpylon for a TD with just 12 seconds left in the first half.
Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said he was happy to beat Jones buthe saw room for improvement. “We had the opportunity to put themaway but we didn’t. I’m proud to be 4-0.
“Jordan made a good play on that pick,” Davis noted. “He got agreat break on the ball. Somebody different has been stepping upfor us in every game.”
Davis said Turner was determined to redeem himself after lastyear’s disappointing loss at Jones. “Percy had something to proveafter last year. He played as hard as he has all year but I toldhim he ran out of gas in the second half.”
The Bobcats dominated the second half and finished with 271 totalyards. They only managed 58 yards on the ground.
The Wolves have a few days to regroup before traveling to Summitand playing the Southwest Bears Thursday night. Kickoff is 6:30p.m.