POPLARVILLE — There was no doubt who the top “Cat” was in the 88th annual “Catfight” Thursday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.
The 7th-ranked Jones College Bobcats dominated in all three phases and whipped Pearl River Community College, 48-7.
Running back Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis) rushed 20 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 66 yards and another score to post 239 yards of total offense. Quarterback Stetson Bennett (Blackshear, Ga.) completed 12 of 19 passes for 178 yards and three scores.
Defensively, the Bobcats held Pearl River to 122 yards of total offense – 2 yards in the second half — and nine first downs.
In special teams play, Jones’ Nataurean Watts (Petal) blocked a PRCC punt and Enrique Whaley (Wiggins) returned it for a touchdown. The Bobcats also successfully converted a fake punt.
The Bobcats are now 5-1 overall and lead the MACJC South Division at 4-0. Pearl River is now 0-6 and 0-4.
The Bobcats put the game away with a 28-point third quarter.
Jones went 46 yards in six plays on its second possession of the second half.
Grandberry took a handoff and went up the gut from 11 yards away for a touchdown. Thompson’s conversion gave Jones a 27-7 lead with 9:02 remaining in the third quarter.
Jones began its next drive at its own 23 after a Pearl River punt.
Bennett tossed a 4-yard pass to Immanuel Jones (Amory) on first down. Grandberry then took a handoff and raced around right end 73 yards unscathed for a touchdown. Thompson’s extra point made it 34-7 with 6:16 to play in the third quarter.
Next week, the Bobcats will visit Northeast Mississippi for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Thursday. The game will air on www.jcjc.tvand WLAU-FM, 99.3, with Mark Easley and Luke Johnson on the call.
Pearl River goes to Southwest on Oct. 13.