Jones quarterback Fred Barnum delivers a pass Thursday night. (Photo by

Jones quarterback Fred Barnum delivers a pass Thursday night. (Photo by

BOONEVILLE – The seventh-ranked Jones College Bobcats scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes of the first quarter and went on to defeat Northeast Mississippi 40-27 Thursday night at Tiger Stadium/Bill Ward Field.

The win sets up an MACJC South Division showdown next week.

The Bobcats, 6-1 overall, will host No. 20 Copiah-Lincoln at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 for Homecoming. Both the Bobcats and Wolves are 4-0 in the division and the winner will clinch the top seed going into the MACJC playoffs. The game will air on and Jones College Facebook Live with Mark Easley and Chris Robinson on the call. The game will not be on 99.3 FM because of a conflict with the Ole Miss vs. Auburn game.

Once again, the Bobcats utilized all facets of the game to post a victory.

Jones got a punt return touchdown from Immanuel Jones (Amory) and Enrique Whaley (Stone) scored on a fake punt and another successful fake punt set up a field goal.

A pass interception by Daylen Gill (Louisville) set up a touchdown and another interception by Fred Peters (Columbia) in the end zone stopped a threat.

Marquez Bembry (Atlanta) had eight tackles, Peters had six, Nick Anderson (Vicksburg) had five and DaShawn Crawford (Bay Springs) had four.

Kalyn Grandberry (Memphis) rushed for 112 yards. Quarterback Fred Barnum (Warren Central) was 9-of-13 passing for 119 yards. Jones had seven catches for 68 yards and Gabe Douglas (Denton, Texas) had two receptions for 117 yards and a score.

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