By Shawn Wansley
Jones Sports Information Director
CLINTON – The No. 16 Jones College Bobcats overcame a 14-0 deficit and defeated Hinds 28-25 here Thursday night at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
Jones got a pair of special teams touchdowns in the second half when Myron Stewart (Port Gibson) recovered a fumbled snap on a punt in the end zone and Jonathan Haynes (Ray Brooks) returned a blocked field goal attempt 80 yards for a score.
The Eagles had the ball late with a chance to tie or win the game, but the Jones' defense held and the Bobcats took over on downs at the Eagle 22 with just 20 seconds to play.
The Jones' defense held Hinds to zero net yards rushing on 39 attempts.
Unofficially, Nick Anderson (Vicksburg) and Fred Peters (Columbia) each had 6 ½ tackles and Chei Hill (Miami, Florida) had six tackles and three tackles for loss. Davis Harrison (Lamar School), Charlie Marlowe (Petal) and Stewart each had four tackles. Stewart had the fumble recovery and Roderick Hicks (Vicksburg) had a pass interception.
Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) rushed 30 times for 144 yards and a score. Immanuel Jones (Amory) had five catches for 31 yards.
The Bobcats had 187 yards on the ground.
The game off to a bad start for Jones.
Willie Brown intercepted a pass on the third play from scrimmage and returned it two yards to the Jones 30.
Two plays later, quarterback Tyler Morton hit Eric Clark for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Carson Flumm's extra point made it 7-0 with 13:10 left in the first quarter.
Later in the quarter, Jones drove from its own 40 to the Eagle 25 in 10 plays. But the Bobcats would fumble and Hinds' Ivin White recovered. He returned the ball 32 yards to the Jones 40.
Seven plays later, Don Ragsdale scored on a 1-yard run on the final play of the first quarter. Flumm's extra point made it 14-0.
But Jones would respond and drive 75 yards in 10 plays on the next drive.
Grandberry had nine carries for 60 yards in the drive, including a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Cristofer Thompson's (Adams County Christian School) extra point made it 14-7 with 10:34 to play in the second quarter.
On the next possession, Hicks came up with an interception and returned it 12 yards to the Eagle 27. Six plays later, Donte Edwards (Mobile, Alabama) scored on a 2-yard run. Thompson's conversion made it 14-14 with 6:56 left in the first half.
The Bobcats would force a Hinds punt and took over at its own 32. Jones would move all the way to the Eagle 23, but would turn the ball over downs.
Jones would get the ball back at the Hinds 38 with just 12 seconds showing. But Thompson's 55-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half was no good.
The Bobcat defense forced three consecutive 'three and outs' to start the second half.
On the third 'three and out' Flumm went into punt formation standing at his own 3. But he fumbled the snap, the ball went into the end zone and Stewart recovered for a touchdown. Thompson's extra point made it 21-14 with 7:51 left in the third quarter.
The Eagles would take the kickoff and drive 57 yards in eight plays. Hinds had a second and goal at the Bobcat 5, but would lose seven yards on third down. Flumm's 29-yard field goal cut the lead to 21-17 with 4:57 left in the third quarter.
Jones would turn the ball on a fumble on its next possession and Hinds took over at the Jones 49. But the Bobcat defense had another 'three and out' and took possession at its own 13 after a punt.
However, Emanuel Dabney would get the third interception of the game for Hinds and the Eagles took over at the Jones 22.
Three plays netted zero yards and on fourth down, Flumm attempted a 39-yard field goal.
But the Bobcats blocked the kick and Haynes gathered it in and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. Thompson's extra point gave Jones a 28-17 lead with 14:39 in the game.
Hinds took the ensuing kickoff and proceeded to go 80 yards in 17 plays. Morton connected with Clark for a 5-yard touchdown pass and found Clark again for the two-point conversion to trim the lead to 28-25 with 5:53 to play.
Jones took over at its own 30 after the kickoff. The Bobcats picked up a first down, but would eventually be forced to punt. Greg Hayden's (Vicksburg) punt would be downed at the Eagle 9.
Hinds began the possession with 3:14 to play and picked up a pair of first downs. But on fourth and 15 at the 24, Morton was tackled and fumbled while trying to avoid the rush and Jones took over at the Eagle 22 with just 20 seconds left.
The Bobcats would take a knee and secure the victory.
The Bobcats, 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MACJC South Division, return home next week to face No. 18 Mississippi Gulf Coast. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 and the game will air on www.jcjc.tvand WLAU-FM, 99.3.
Hinds goes to Southwest next week.
Jones College 28, Hinds 25
Jones College (2-1, 1-0) 0 14 7 7 – 28
Hinds (1-2, 0-1) 14 0 3 8 – 25
1stquarter – Hinds, Eric Clark 26-yard pass from Tylan Morton, 13:10. Carson Flumm PAT. Hinds, 7-0.
1stquarter – Hinds, Don Ragsdale 1-yard run, :00. Flumm PAT. Hinds, 14-0.
2ndquarter – Jones, Kalyn Grandberry 1-yard run, 10:34. Cristofer Thompson PAT. Hinds, 14-7.
2ndquarter – Jones, Donte Edwards 3-yard run, 6:56. Thompson PAT. 14-14.
3rdquarter – Jones, Myron Stewart fumble recovery in end zone, 7:51. Thompson PAT. Jones, 21-14.
3rdquarter – Hinds, Flumm 29-yard field goal, 4:57. Jones, 21-17.
4thquarter – Jones, Jonathan Haynes 80-yard blocked field goal return, 14:39. Thompson PAT. Jones, 28-17.
4thquarter – Hinds, Clark 5-yard pass from Morton, 5:53. Clark pass from Morton. Jones, 28-25.
16 FD 17
47-187 Rushes-Yards 39-0
13-25-3 Comp-Att-Int 19-40-1
77 Passing Yards 241
264 Total Offense 241
5-28 Penalties-Yards 6-29
3-38.5 Punts-Ave. 6-23.5
3-2 Fumbles-Lost 2-1
JC – Kalyn Grandberry 30-144; Donte Edwards 10-31; Stetson Bennett 6-13; Fred Peters 1-minus 1.
JC – Stetson Bennett 11-23-3 for 57 yards; Fred Barnum 2-2-0 for 20 yards.
JC–Dontavious Porter 3-28; Immanuel Jones 5-31; Brodie King 2-11; Johnquarise Patterson 1-5; Natorian Watts 1-3; Jacory Rankin 1-3.
Sports Information Director