It was a frustrating night for the No. 8 Jones Junior College Bobcats Thursday at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
Reggie Hayes threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Johnson with just 7.2 seconds left to lead the Holmes Bulldogs to a 25-23 victory over the Bobcats.
Jones hurt itself with several mistakes, including three lost fumbles, and the Bobcats were penalized 16 times for 105 yards.
Individually, Jones running back Donte Edwards (Mobile, Ala.) rushed 26 times for 156 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Johnquarise Patterson (Pearl) had 12 receptions for 90 yards and a score. Wide receiver Natorian Watts (Petal) had four catches for 79 yards and his brother Nataurean Watts had two catches for 28 yards and a score.
The Bobcats had 23 first downs, 152 yards rushing, 226 yards passing and 378 yards of total offense.
The Bobcat defense — led by safety Fred Peters (Columbia), end Marquez Bembry (Atlanta) and tackle DaShawn Crawford (Bay Springs) — held Holmes in check for the most part.
The Bobcats limited Holmes to only five first downs and 164 yards of offense in the second half, but 124 yards of those yards came on two touchdown passes.
A Jones’ fumble set up the first score of the game.
The Bulldogs recovered the fumble at the Bobcat 33-yard line. The Jones’ defense only allowed 7 yards after the miscue and Connor McKay booted a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 10:24 left in the first quarter.
After a back-and-forth game, the Bobcats led 23-18 with 1:26 to play.
The Bulldogs took over at their own 35 after the Bobcat kickoff sailed out of bounds.
Holmes used an 11-yard run and later a pass interference penalty to move inside the Jones 40.
The Bulldogs called their last timeout with 15.6 left, facing a second-and-8 at the Bobcat 34.
Hayes took the snap, rolled to his right and threw the ball into the end zone, where Johnson came up with the reception. McKay added the conversion.
Jones got to midfield with a second to play, but a Holmes sack ended the game.