The Meridian Star
A week after scoring two touchdowns in a loss last week, the East Central Community College Warriors couldn't replicate the effort and took their third shutout of the season at the hands of No. 3 Jones County Junior College, 47-0, on Thursday night.
"Jone's is a much better football team then us," head coach Ken Karcher said. "We had a couple chances but when don't canalize against a good team you're not going to have those things happen."
In the loss, ECCC quarterback Donnie Farmer finished the night 13-for-22 and 129 yards for no scores. Martin Johnson led the Warriors on the ground, rushing for 50 yards on 15 carries.
Most things come in threes, but on the gridiron last night, identical plays and situations came in pairs.
Jones County didn't hold the Warriors too far from the goal line as twice they got within the Bobcats' 20-yard line. JCJC also doubled up on plays as they ran away with the win.
"All we're talking about now is how to fight.," Karcher said. "Our kids, we got to keep teaching them right now, we out manned in pretty much everybody we play, we knew that coming into the season, but we try continue to get them to fight for 60 minutes and keep their heads up."
Just before half time, and down 31-0, Austin Franklin lined up for a 23-yard field goal attempt to close a 73-yard drive, but Jones blocked the kick with 53 seconds left in the half. Four plays earlier, on a second-and-eight at the Warriors' own 29-yard line, Farmer had connected with Hakeem Parker for a short pass, which Parker drove down the left side line for a 61-yard play – the longest of the night for the Warriors.
Just shy of a half hour later on the game clock, ECCC was back in the red zone, inching their way towards the goal line.
Farmer and Parker had connected two plays earlier for a one-yard gain, but two incomplete passes into the end zone turned the ball over on downs at the 16-yard line to end the 8-minute 11-second, 74-yard drive.
"Donnie did some good things," Karcher said. "He's got to continue to be more consistent, he missed some chances early that you have to hit to even be in a game with this type of team and we didn't do that. He's continued to work hard and do the things we've asked.
Jones scored in every quarter but scored 24-points in the second partially thanks to two two-play drives.
On their first drive of the quarter, ECCC fumbled the ball on their own 34-yard line. Jones recovered the ball to find itself in scoring distance. Quarterback Steven Swindle connected with Jamicheal Willis for a 31-yard pass to the 3-yard line. The Bobcats earned half the distance to the goal, a yard and half, on a Warrior illegal substation penalty allowing Keshod Willis to punch in the score to make it 17-0.
The Bobcats started their following drive on a touchback and Swindle unleaded his throwing potential for a two-pass score.
Swindle's first pass from 36 yards put them over mid-field and the second ended in the hands of Kenneth Colemen for 44 yards and a 24-0 lead with 7:18 left in the first half.
"Against a good offense, you can't give them long passes and third down situations, and offensive you can't go three-and-out and put the defense back on the field, so right now we just aren't a real good football team," Karcher said.
The theme of two continued throughout the night as Bobcat kicker Grant McLaurin missed his third field goal attempt, leaving him with two successful long kicks – one in the second quarter for 47-yards and another in there third for 45-yards.
The Bobcats leading rusher was Keshod Willis for 106 yards for 14 carries. Swindle completed eight-of-10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Quartex Cooks caught both touchdowns to finished the night with 14 catches and 158 yards.
Next week, the Warriors will host Mississippi Delta Community College on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. for Homecoming.