Charlie Marlowe (17) makes a tackle for Jones last week vs. Hinds. (Photo by jucoweekly.org)

Charlie Marlowe (17) makes a tackle for Jones last week vs. Hinds. (Photo by jucoweekly.org)

The 13th-ranked Jones College Bobcats will face a major challenge tonight (Thursday).

The unbeaten and No. 12-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs will be at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The contest will air on www.jcjc.tvand WLAU-FM, 99.3, with Mark Easley and Luke Johnson on the call.

Jones is 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the MACJC South Division. MGCCC is 3-0 overall and will be opening up di- vision play. The Bulldogs have beaten Mississippi Delta, 52-0; Coahoma, 46-21; and No. 18 Holmes, 48-14.

Bobcat head coach Steve Buckley says MGCCC is an experienced group.

“They are a sophomore-laden team,” he said. “They have 14 sophomores that start. They were a very young team last year. In junior col- lege football, that is what happens. You are playing a lot of freshmen and the next year you look up and you are a pretty good football team.”

The Bulldogs are led on offense by quarterback Lowell Narcisse, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from LSU, and running back Terrion Avery, a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Stone who averages 6.8 yards per carry. Wide receiver Nick Brown, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore from Stone, has 12 catches for 172 yards and Sedevyn Gray, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore from Puckett, has five catches for 172 yards.

“They are physical up front on both sides of the ball,” Buckley said. “They have a tremen- dous running back and quarterback and very good skill guys on both sides of the ball.”

Darius Townsend, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore linebacker from Laurel, leads the Bulldogs in tackles with 24 and Corey Proctor, a 6-foot, 225-pound sophomore linebacker from Brandon, has 18 stops.

“They are very athletic and long on defense,” Buckley said. “It will be a great challenge for us, but I’m not so much worried about Gulf Coast. I’m more worried about Jones right now fixing some things that can be fixed quickly. We are an immature football team right now playing 41 freshmen. But you don’t have long in this league to grow up.”

Buckley hopes for a big crowd at tonight’s game.

“It’s great to be 1-0, but we are a third of the way through the season,” he said. “It flies by. When you blink, you are over halfway done. This is a huge game to see where we are right now.”

The Bobcats will be at home again for another division contest next week. Jones will host Southwest at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.

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