ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College swept the MACJC/JucoWeekly Player of the Week awards this week.
Bobcat quarterback Steven Swindle was the Offensive Player of the Week, linebacker Kendall Island was Defensive Player of the Week and punter/kicker Grant McLaurin was Special Teams Player of the Week.
Swindle, a redshirt freshman from Oak Grove High School, came off the bench and completed 19-of-28 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in JCJC's 34-28 victory at Northeast Mississippi. He had a 32-yard scoring strike to Taylor Higgason and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Quartez Cooks.
Swindle is a 6-foot-1, 194-pound player from Hattiesburg.
Island, a freshman from Bay High School, had 13 solo tackles, 3 assists, 16 total tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. He is a 6-foot, 230-pound player from Waveland.
McLaurin, a sophomore from Forrest County AHS, had field goals of 22 and 42 yards, which proved to be the difference in the game. He was 4-of-4 on extra points and averaged 41.3 yards on six punts. McLaurin is a 6-foot, 160-pound player from Hattiesburg.
All three Bobcats will now be considered for NJCAA Player of the Week honors.
The Bobcats, 2-0, will open MACJC South Division play at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Pearl River Community College. The annual "Catfight" will take place at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The game will be videocast on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Ed Smith on the call. Airtime is 6:45 p.m.
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
BOONEVILLE – The heroes were many for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats here Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Bobcats and Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense, but JCJC pulled out a 34-28 victory. The game was not sealed until JCJC's D'Andre Jackson intercepted a pass with 12 seconds to play at his own 33-yard line.
The difference in the game was turnovers.
The Bobcats had 564 yards and zero turnovers. Northeast piled up 575 yards, but turned the ball over five times.
JCJC quarterback Steven Swindle came off the bench to complete 19-of-28 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bobcat wide receivers piled up the yardage all game long. JaMicheal Willis had 12 catches for 125 yards, Quartez Cooks had five receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown, Dylan Bossier had four catches for 85 yards and Taylor Higgason had three catches for 50 yards and a score.
JCJC running back Justin Harris had 15 carries for 96 yards.
Northeast quarterback Jerrard Randall was 26-of-42 for 359 yards, but threw two interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 59 yards. Mitchell Cunningham had 15 carries for 129 yards.
The game got off to a bad start for Jones.
On the third play of the game from scrimmage, Randall found Khalil Stinson for a 69-yard scoring strike. Chris Cooper's extra point made it 7-0 with 13:43 left in the first quarter.
The Bobcats tied the game late in the first quarter when they drove 75 yards in 10 plays. Quarterback Kenny Coleman hit Qua Boyd in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard scoring strike. Grant McLaurin's extra point made it 7-7 with 2:23 showing.
The Tigers threatened to take the lead early in the second quarter when they faced a third and goal at the 5. Randall's pass into the end zone was deflected and intercepted by JCJC's Marcus Betts. He returned it 73 yards to the Northeast 27. But three plays later, McLaurin misfired on a 42-yard field goal.
But JCJC would take the lead for good on its next possession. They would march 91 yards in 10 plays with Swindle hitting Higgason for a 32-yard touchdown pass. McLaurin's extra point made it 14-7 with 3:10 left in the first half.
The Bobcats would come out strong in the third quarter.
They took the kickoff and moved 75 yards in just six plays. Swindle found Cooks for a 14-yard touchdown pass. McLaurin's extra point made it 21-7 with 13:40 left in the third quarter.
Northeast moved to the JCJC 24 on its next possession, but Cunningham fumbled and the Bobcats recovered.
JCJC would then drive 76 yards in just four plays for a score. Boyd scored on a 5-yard keeper and McLaurin's extra point made it 28-7 with 9:25 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 43-yard run by Harris.
But Northeast took the ensuing kickoff and drove 60 yards in five plays for a touchdown. Randall scored on an 8-yard keeper and Cooper's conversion made it 28-14 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.
The Bobcats would then drive from their own 25 to the Tiger 29 in seven plays. But McLaurin's 46-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and fell to the turf.
Northeast then drove 71 yards in eight plays. Randall hit Cunningham for a 5-yard touchdown and Cooper's kick made it 28-21 with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter.
Two possessions later, JCJC drove from its own 7 to the Tiger 3. But on the tenth play of the drive, Swindle's pass on fourth and goal fell incomplete and Northeast took possession.
The Tigers drove all the way out to their own 45. But Randall fumbled and the Bobcats recovered.
JCJC then moved to the Northeast 5 in seven plays. The drive stalled and McLaurin kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 31-21 with 9:41 left in the game.
The Tigers then came right back and drove 75 yards in nine plays. Randall hit Ricky Parks on a 4-yard touchdown pass and Cooper's extra point made it 31-28 with 7:32 to play.
But the Bobcats came right back and moved 33 yards in seven plays. McLaurin's 42-yard field goal made it 34-28 with 3:58 to play.
On Northeast's next possession, Randall fumbled and JCJC's Lazarus Shelby recovered at the Tiger 42.
Northeast would force a JCJC punt and McLaurin booted the ball out of bounds at the Tiger 1.
The Tigers managed one first down, but Jackson came through with the clinching interception.
JCJC, 2-0 and ranked No. 25 in the latest jcgridiron.com "Dirty 30" poll, will open MACJC South Division play at home at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 vs. Pearl River in the annual "Hall of Fame" game. The game will be webcast on www.jcjc.tv with an airtime of 6:50 p.m.
Northeast, 0-2, hosts Holmes at 6:30 on Sept. 12.
JCJC 34, Northeast 28
Thursday, September 5
At Tiger Stadium
Jones County 7 7 14 6 – 34
Northeast 7 0 14 7 – 28
26 First Downs 30
39-154 Rushes-Yards 43-216
30-43-0 Comp-Att-Int 26-42-2
410 Passing Yards 359
564 Total Offense 575
5-45 Penalties-Yards 7-66
6-41.4 Punts-Ave. 5-36.2
0-0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3
151 Return yardage 79
JCJC individual statistics
JCJC – Justin Harris 15-96; Thamaz Taylor 10-31; Keshod Willis 2-9; Kenny Coleman 6-9; Qua Boyd 4-5; Steven Swindle 2-4.
JCJC – Steven Swindle 19-28-0 for 325 yards; Kenny Coleman 11-15-0 for 85 yards.
JCJC – JaMicheal Willis 12-125; Quartez Cooks 5-115; Dylan Bossier 4-85; Taylor Higgason 3-50; Rodregus Ducksworth 2-23; Justin Harris 3-6; Qua Boyd 1-6.
1st quarter – Northeast, Khalil Stinson 69-yard pass from Jerrard Randall, 13:43. Chris Cooper PAT. NE 7-0.
1st quarter – JCJC, Qua Boyd 6-yard pass from Kenny Coleman, 2:23. Grant McLaurin PAT. 7-7.
2nd quarter – JCJC, Taylor Higgason 32-yard pass from Steven Swindle, 3:10. McLaurin PAT. JCJC 14-7.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Quartez Cooks 14-yard pass from Swindle, 13:40. McLaurin PAT. JCJC 21-7.
3rd quarter – JCJC, Boyd 5-yard run, 9:25. McLaurin PAT. JCJC 28-7.
3rd quarter – Northeast, Randall 6-yard run, 8:14. Cooper PAT. JCJC 28-14.
3rd quarter – Northeast, Mitchell Cunningham 5-yard pass from Randall, 4:02. Cooper PAT. JCJC 28-21.
4th quarter – JCJC, McLaurin 22-yard field goal, 9:49. JCJC 31-21.
4th quarter – Northeast, Ricky Parks 4-yard pass from Randall, 7:32. Cooper PAT. JCJC 31-28.
4th quarter – JCJC, McLaurin 42-yard field goal, 3:58. JCJC 34-28.