No. 14 Jones Bobcats dominate "Catfight" with 49-6 win over Pearl River

Deuce Watts (7) gains ground for the Bobcats after making a catch Saturday afternoon vs. Pearl River.

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Deuce Watts (7) gains ground for the Bobcats after making a catch Saturday afternoon vs. Pearl River. Photo/www.jucoweekly.org

By Shawn Wansley

Jones College Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The 89th annual "Catfight" was not much of a fight at all.

No. 14 Jones College scored on its first seven possessions and annihilated Pearl River 49-6 at Homecoming here Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

The Bobcats outgained the Wildcats, 448-100 in total offense. Jones had 22 first downs, compared to five for PRCC.

Jones is now 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the MACJC South Division. PRCC drops to 1-5 and 0-4.

The Bobcats lead the "Catfight" series, 45-42-2.

Jones quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central) was 14-of-21 through the air for 263 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Running back Ladamian Webb (Opelika, Alabama) carried 15 times for 91 yards and a score and running back Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) rushed 17 times for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

Natorian Watts (Petal) had four catches for 81 yards and a score, Webb had two receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown and Jacory Rankin (Port Gibson) had two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Rakeim Ashford (Choctaw County), DeLawrence Butler (Clinton) and Johnny Hudson (Atlanta, Georgia) had five tackles each. Linebacker Daylen Gill (Louisville) had four tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Lineman James Williams (Jackson Callaway) had two tackles and 1.5 TFLs. Cornerback Lakevias Daniel (Louisville) had a pass interception.

The Bobcats finished with eight TFLs, three pass breakups and an interception.

Jones got started quickly.

On the game's third play from scrimmage, Barnum tossed a short pass to Webb, who took it 64 yards for a touchdown to end a 70-yard drive. Cristofer Thompson (Adams County Christian School) booted the first of his seven extra points and the Bobcats led 7-0 with 13:31 showing in the first quarter.

The Bobcats would get a 56-yard scoring strike from Barnum to Rankin on its next possession to end a 57-yard, three-play march. Thompson's kick made it 14-0 with 10:13 showing.

On Jones' next possession, they would go 77 yards in 14 plays. Webb got the touchdown on a 2-yard run where he took the direct snap out of the "Bobcat" formation, started to his left, was bottled up by the defense, but somehow managed to get away and go back to his right for the touchdown. Thompson's PAT made it 21-0 with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats' only score came on its next possession when they went 83 yards in 12 plays. Quarterback Terrance Humphrey hit Jaylan Wilson for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt failed and Jones led 21-6 with 9:42 remaining in the first half.

Jones responded by going 62 yards in seven plays. Grandberry scored on a 7-yard run and Thompson's kick made it 28-6 with 6:36 left in the second quarter.

The Bobcats would then go 51 yards in six plays with Grandberry doing the honors again on a 2-yard run. Thompson's extra point made it 35-6 with 2:27 left in the half.

Jones would get the ball back once more before the break. This time they moved 36 yards in five plays with Barnum finding Watts on a 12-yard strike with just 13 seconds to play in the second quarter. Thompson's kick gave Jones a 42-6 halftime lead.

The Bobcats forced a '3 and out' to start the third quarter.

Jones would then go 47 yards in six plays on its opening possession of the second half with Grandberry scoring on an 8-yard run. Thompson's kick gave Jones a 49-6 lead with 10:44 showing.

There would be a running clock the remainder of the game because of the point differential.

Jones returns home for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday vs. Northeast Mississippi. The game will air on www.jcjc.tv, SuperTalk WLAU-FM, 99.3, and www.supertalklaurel.com.

Pearl River hosts Southwest on Oct. 12.