Bobcats top Warriors for fifth straight win

By ECCC SPORTS INFORMATION,

The No. 17 ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats converted two fumbles and a blocked kick into 21 points and an insurmountable halftime lead in coasting to a 49-7 win over the East Central Community College Warriors Thursday, Oct. 5.

Three times in the first quarter East Central had the football inside the Jones County 35-yard line and came away with no points.

Jones County returned a blocked field goal 75 yards to set up a five-yard quarterback draw by Chris Weaver and converted a recovered fumble into another seven points on a one-yard run by Scott Phillips.

Another second quarter fumble by the East Central offense was scooped up by Jones County’s Derric Hawthorn who raced 45 yards for another score and the Bobcats led 21-0 with 7:38 to go in the half.

DeShawn Smith scored from the five with just :42 showing on the first half clock to take a 28-0 lead.

East Central was able to closed the gap on a 45-yard pass from Mario Asagunla to Octavious Olowo-ake, but that’s as close as the Warriors would get.

Jones County’s Smith then took over adding three more scores of his own in the third quarter on a one-yard run, a 46-yard pass from Detric Hawthorn, and a four-yard run.

East Central was limited to 261 yards of total offense, with only 37 of those coming in the first half. The Warriors lost three fumbles in the contest.

East Central, which had won the last three meetings with Jones County, dropped to 1-5 on the season and 0-4 in MACJC South Division play. Jones is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the South Division.

East Central goes back on the road next Thursday for the fifth time in seven games this season. The Warriors will travel to Raymond to face No. 12 ranked and undefeated Hinds at 7 p.m. in another MACJC South Division contest.

The East Central vs. Hinds game can be heard on WKOZ 98.3 “The Groove” or via audio stream at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.