Hinds steals one from Bobcats

Jones linebacker Mike Cockream (32) rushes Hinds quarterback BeSean McCray (11) Thursday night in Raymond. Photo/Chris Brooks
Jones linebacker Mike Cockream (32) rushes Hinds quarterback BeSean McCray (11) Thursday night in Raymond. Photo/Chris Brooks

By Shawn Wansley

Jones College Sports Information

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Eagles scored nine points in the final 46 seconds of play and stunned the Jones College Bobcats, 18-16, here Thursday night at Joe Renfroe Stadium/Gene Murphy Field.


The rally capped a string of 18 unanswered points for Hinds.


Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.


Jones led 16-9 with 2:41 left in the game when the Eagles started a drive at its own 36-yard line.


On a fourth and 8 at the Bobcat49, Hinds quarterback BeSean McCray found Jeffery Malone around the 35. Malone appeared to step out of bounds after making the catch. But no whistle was blown and he continued into the end zone for a touchdown with 46 seconds remaining.


However, the Bobcats blocked the extra point and still led, 16-15.


The Eagles then went for the onside kick.


Jones looked to have possession initially, but after several seconds in the scrum, Hinds' Albert Day came out of the pile with the ball at the Bobcat 44.


Five plays later, McCray connected with Jaiden Burns for a 23-yard completion to the Bobcat 8 with just six seconds to play.


After a timeout, Connor Smith kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired to give Hinds the victory.


Linebacker Mike Cockream (Ray Brooks) was all over the field for Jones. He had 12 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks. Safety Ty Rawls (Wetumpka, Alabama) had eight tackles. Cornerback Jervin Smith (Biloxi), tackle Jalen Williams (Tylertown) and linebackers DeLawrence Butler (Clinton) and Drew Horton (Madison Ridgeland Academy) each had six tackles. Defensive lineman Jordyn Mahaffey (West Marion) had a pass interception and Butler had a fumble recovery.


Romal Webb (Memphis, Tennessee) rushed 25 times for 141 yards and a touchdown to lead Jones. Quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (Bastrop, Louisiana) was 13-of-29 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown. Bud Tolbert (Water Valley) had four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and Markel McLaurin (Collins) had five receptions for 50 yards.


McCray was 41-of-74 through the air for 421 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Eagles were 9-of-25 on third down conversions and ran 96 plays from scrimmage.


Hinds had 22 first downs and 440 yards of total offense with 285 yards in the second half. The Eagles rushed 21 times for 19 yards.


The Bobcats had 13 first downs – only two in the second half – and 271 yards of total offense.


The Bobcats controlled the game early.


Jones blocked a Hinds' punt and Hershey McLaurin (Collins) returned it 11 yards to the Eagle 7. Three plays later, Gavin Gaudin (Northwest Rankin) kicked a 20-yard field goal and Jones led 3-0 with 5:42 to play in the first quarter.


The Bobcats would then put together its most impressive drive of the evening.


Starting at their own 5, Jones moved 95 yards in 16 plays and used 6:18 off the clock. Webb ran 21 yards for a touchdown and Gaudin's extra point made it 10-0 with 8:32 left in the first half. 


Jones would then get a turnover when Hershey McLaurin forced a fumble after a pass completion. Butler recovered at his own 31 and returned it out to the 38.


The Bobcats would go 62 yards in five plays with Hawkins finding Tolbert on a 51-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was blocked, but Jones led 16-0 with 52 seconds to play in the second quarter.


The Eagles then drove 45 yards in six plays and Smith kicked a 25-yard field on the final play of the half to make it 16-3.


Hinds continued its comeback in the third quarter when they recovered a fumbled punt at the Bobcat 8.


The Eagles had to settle for a field goal and Smith's 23-yard kick made it 16-6 with 12:22 left in the third quarter.


Smith added a 20-yard field goal with 12:40 left in the fourth quarter to end a 41-yard, 14-play drive. That cut the Jones lead to 16-9.


The Bobcats will be on the road again next week. Jones will travel to Southwest for a 6:30 p.m. game on Oct. 22. The contest will air on JCJC.TV, SuperTalk WLAU-FM, 99.3, and SuperTalkLaure.com with Luke Johnson and Chris Robinson on the call.


Hinds' next scheduled game will be at home on Oct.29 vs. Southwest.