Holmes College drops season-opener to Jones

From school reports

GOODMAN — The Jones County Junior College Bobcats capitalized on Holmes miscues en route to a 54-14 over the Holmes Community College Bulldogs last Thursday.
With the loss, the HCC Bulldogs fall to 0-1 and head to No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tonight (Thursday).
Two blocked punts resulted in scores for Jones, a fumbled punt later resulted in a score and three major penalties on one drive set the Bobcats up first and 10 from the two where they later scored.
Jones got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when Marcus Betts blocked a punt of Matt Spencer and picked it up from the four and walked into the end zone. Grant McLaurin’s extra point put the Bobcats up 7-0 with :59 left in the first quarter.
Holmes answered quickly at the beginning of the second quarter as freshman quarterback Payne Horan found a diving Daniel Huffines in the end zone from 26 yards out with 12:48 left in the second quarter. Cole Ballard’s extra point tied the game at seven.
After the Bulldogs stopped the Bobcats, freshman returner Tee Shepard fumbled a punt from McLaurin deep in Bulldog territory. The Bobcats later scored when Kenneth Coleman raced in from seven yards out. The extra point from McLaurin was no good with 9:45 left in the second quarter.
Late in the first half, the Bobcats mounted their final scoring drive of the half. The Bulldogs committed three major penalties including pass interference in the end zone to give the Bobcats first and 10 from the two. Ra’Quazious Boyd then scored from two yards out as the first half ended to make the score 20-7 after McLaurin’s kick was good.
The Bobcats scored four times in the third quarter to put the game away. Coleman connected with Quartez Cooks from 32 yards out with 10:22 left in the third and then connected with Jamicheal Willis with 7:21 to go in the third from 66 yards out. Thamaz Taylor scored from eight yards out with 3:27 to go in the third and Boyd scored his second touchdown of the game from a yard out with 1:34 left in the third. McLaurin connected on all the extra points to make the score 48-7.
Jones’ Allen Young blocked a Bulldog punt at the Bulldog 12 and returned it to the six before Keshod Willis scored from five yards out. The extra point was blocked with 14:14 left in the game.
Holmes answered the score with one of their own as Horan scored from eight yards out. Ballard’s kick was good with 10:02 left in the game.
Horan finished the game 20-of-40 for 214 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. He ran the ball 19 times for 21 yards. Terrious Triplett was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 42 yards on one carry. Leading receiver was Huffines with six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Jakarius Flowers had one catch for 34 yards.