Mississippi Delta Community College- 0
Jones County Jr. College- 33
The Bobcats entered their 2011 campaign with something to prove, after playing through their first losing season in five years in 2010. Plenty of question marks remained for head coach Eddie Pierce, who fielded a very young offensive line, a very young defensive line, and a true freshman quarterback. In the end, the team appeared confident, the defense produced turnovers, and the offense led by former West Jones gun-slinger Ben Stevens produced points en rout to a 33-0 victory at Sim Cooley Field.
Stevens' first completed his first collegiate pass for a first down, scored a touchdown throwing and running, and the Bobcats (1-0) scored 20 points in the first half. Jones County returns to Bobcat Stadium next Thursday when they host Coahoma at 7:00 pm.
Pearl River Community College- 55
Northwest Mississippi Community College- 56
In high scoring football affairs, the saying always goes, "the last team with possession wins the game." Unfortunately for Pearl River Community College, that wasn't the case. In this overtime thriller, the Wildcats (0-1) were the last team to hold possession in overtime, but fell 55-56.
To the very core of the phrase, the game was back and forth all throughout the fourth quarter. On fourth down in their own territory, the wildcats rolled the dice and went for it. What came out of the gamble was a 62-yard touchdown toss that led to a wildcat lead. Not moments later did Northwest (1-0) respond with a 40-yard run and a 2-pt conversion to retake the lead. With just over two minutes remaining and no timeouts left in regulation, the wild cats had one last chance to tie. They took advantage and scored, but chose to go for overtime with a extra point try.
With the game knotted at 49 all, Northwest actually had a very doable chance to win in regulation, but a 40-yard field goal sailed wide, and extra time was needed to decide the outcome. Next week, the wildcats travel to Itawamba Community College for another Thursday night showdown. Kickoff, again, will be at 7:00pm.
Mississippi State- 59
For Memphis, it was the same story, different city. For Mississippi State, a 59-14 win meant a first-week validation of its pre-season number 20 ranking. The scoring started early for the bulldogs (1-0), when quarterback Chris Relf heaved a 44-yard bomb to a wide open Chad Bumphis, and finished when backup quarterback Tyler Russel scored in the fourth to put 59 points on the board.
Relf finished the contest 13-of-21 for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Vick Ballard racked up 166 yards on the ground along with three touchdowns. While Memphis falls to 0-1, next week will definitely put the bulldogs' top 25 ranking to the test. They will travel to Auburn for a mid-day matchup.