SUMMIT – No. 17 Jones College put together a dominant performance here Thursday night at John I. Hurst Stadium.
The Bobcats piled up 504 yards and limited Southwest Mississippi to only 163 yards as they rolled to a 34-6 victory over the Bears.
Jones improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the MACJC South Division. Southwest drops to 0-5 and 0-3.
Sophomore running back Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis, Tennessee) rushed 27 times for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Backup Malik Shelley (Vicksburg) had nine carries for 58 yards. Wide receiver Manny Jones (Amory) had five catches for 75 yards and wide receiver Brodie King (Biloxi) had four catches for 62 yards and a score.
Quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central) was 9-of-10 for 144 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Jones had 279 yards rushing and 225 yards passing.
On defense, safety J.D. Rutherford (St. Stanislaus) had 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass interception. Linebacker Kenderian Dixon (Yazoo County) and lineman Jalen Williams (Tylertown) each had eight tackles and ½ TFL. Linebacker Daylen Gill (Louisville) had 1.5 TFLs with linebacker DeLawrence Butler (Clinton), lineman Zach Causey (Madison Central) and linebacker Roderick Hicks (Vicksburg) each having a TFL. Defensive linemen Blake Daughdrill (Greene County) and Chei Hill (Miami, Florida) each had ½ TFL.
Causey and Gill each had a quarterback sack.
The Bobcats had eight TFLs and two quarterback sacks.
Jones forced a ‘3 and out’ on Southwest’s first four possessions.
Jones got started quickly, driving 50 yards in four plays to score on its second possession of the game. Grandberry took the direct snap out of the Bobcat formation and ran 28 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Cristofer Thompson’s (Adams County Christian School) extra point made it 7-0 with 8:59 left in the first quarter.
Jones moved 28 yards in six plays on its next possession, but Thompson misfired on a 34-yard field goal attempt.
But the Bobcats would get its second touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Barnum connected with King for a 34-yard scoring strike to end a 71-yard, seven-play march. Thompson’s extra point made it 14-0 with 14:53 remaining in the first half.
The Bears got its only score of the game when Deion Allen intercepted a pass and gave Southwest possession at its own 46-yard line. Da’Bryan Magee would score on a 1-yard run to end the 10-play drive. The extra point was no good and Jones led 14-6 with 6:34 left in the second quarter.
Jones would respond on its next drive.
Natorian Watts (Petal) returned the kickoff 36 yards to his own 45-yard line. The Bobcats would then move 55 yards in six plays with Grandberry scoring on an 8-yard run. Thompson’s conversion made it 21-6 with 3:24 to go in the half.
The Bobcats got the ball back at its own 41-yard line with 1:58 showing. Jones would drive 59 yards in six plays with Grandberry scoring on a 14-yard run with just 30 seconds to play in the first half. The extra point attempt failed, but the Bobcats would take a 27-6 halftime lead.
Jones ended the scoring late in the third quarter.
Jones went 40 yards in six plays with Barnum finding freshman Decoria Banks (Holmes County Central) over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown pass. It was the first reception of the season for Banks. Thompson’s PAT made it 34-6 with 4:20 showing on the clock.
Jones resumes division play and will host Pearl River at 2 p.m. on October 5. It will be Homecoming at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field and the game will air on JCJC.TV, SuperTalk WLAU-FM, 99.3, and www.supertalklaurel.com. Pearl River enters the game at 1-4 overall, 0-3 in division play after dropping a 51-9 decision to Hinds on Thursday.
Southwest visits No. 4 Mississippi Gulf Coast on Oct. 5.