No. 12 Jones Bobcats crush Northeast, 35-3

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By Shawn Wansley

Jones College Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – It was another dominating performance for No. 12 Jones College.

The Bobcats rushed for 334 yards, limited Northeast to only 190 yards of total offense and whipped the Tigers 35-3 here Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

It was the fifth time in seven games for the Bobcats to hold an opponent to seven points or less. Jones is yielding only 9.6 points per game, which tops the MACJC and is third in the NJCAA.

The Bobcats are now 5-2 overall and Northeast drops to 3-4.

Running backs Ladamian Webb (Opelika, Alabama) and Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) each rushed for over 100 yards. Webb had 19 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Grandberry had 18 carries for 149 yards and one score. Bud Tolbert (Water Valley) had two catches for 34 yards and a score. Manny Jones (Amory), the nation's leading punt returner, returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.

The Bobcats had 12 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks.

Linebacker Mike Cockream (Ray Brooks) had eight tackles, one TFL and ½ sack. Linebacker Kevon Cloyd (Columbia) had seven tackles, one TFL, one sack and one pass breakup. Linebacker Daylen Gill (Louisville) had five tackles, one TFL and one quarterback hurry. End Chei Hill (Miami, Florida) had five tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Back Rakeim Ashford (Choctaw County) had three tackles and 2.5 TFLs. Cornerback Lakevias Daniel (Louisville) had two tackles, one TFL, one sack and intercepted his third pass in the last four games.

The game started off slowly for Jones.

The Bobcats fumbled the ball on its second play from scrimmage and Northeast took over at the JC 40-yard line.

The Tigers drove to the Bobcat 23 where the drive stalled and Northeast missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

Jones then put together a 77-yard, seven-play drive to open the scoring. Webb scored when he ran the ball untouched up the left hash for a 36-yard touchdown. Cristofer Thompson's (Adam County Christian School) conversion gave Jones a 7-0 lead with 7:57 to play in the first quarter.

Northeast punted on its next possession and this time Manny Jones would bobble it, pick it up, go to his left and return it 69 yards for the score. Thompson's extra point made it 14-0 with 5:38 remaining in the first period.

The Bobcats would score again on its next possession, driving 92 yards in 15 plays. Quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central) threw the ball into the end zone and Tolbert went up and made the grab for the touchdown. Thompson's extra point gave the Bobcats a 21-0 lead with 9:58 to play in the first half.

On JC's next possession, they moved 56 yards in seven plays. The drive stalled at the Tiger 9-yard line, but Thompson's 26-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

The Bobcats would drive 43 yards in eight plays on its next possession, but Barnum's pass would be picked off by Kedarius Shell-Dixon at the Tiger 17 to end the threat. 

Northeast would then go 41 yards in four plays with Reed Collins booting a 38-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half.

It was more of the same in the second half.

The Bobcats would march 60 yards in five plays on its first possession of the third quarter. Webb would get the touchdown on a 1-yard run. Thompson's conversion made it 28-6 with 10:38 left in the third quarter. 

Grandberry's 26-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left in the game concluded a 78-yard, five-play drive. Thompson's extra point ended the scoring.

The Bobcats resume MACJC South Division play with a 3 p.m. game at Copiah-Lincoln on Oct. 19. The game will air on JCJC.TV with Mark Easley and Chuck Robertson on the call.

It's a huge division game for Jones.

Top-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast leads the division at 4-0. Jones, East Central and No. 6 Hinds are tied at 3-1. The Bobcats host East Central in the final regular season game on Oct. 24, MGCCC meets Pearl River and Hinds in its final two games and Hinds plays East Central next week. The top two teams make the playoffs.

Northeast hosts Northwest on Oct. 17.