East Central Community College quarterback Donnie Farmer (11) avoids a tackle from Jones County defensive lineman Allen Young (44) of McComb to complete a pass Thursday. Jones won the game, 47-0
East Central Community College quarterback Donnie Farmer (11) avoids a tackle from Jones County defensive lineman Allen Young (44) of McComb to complete a pass Thursday. Jones won the game, 47-0
Struggles continue on the gridiron for the young East Central Community Warriors who were victims of another nationally-ranked team Thursday at Bailey Stadium.

After trailing just 7-0 following first-period action, East Central was simply no match for the No. 3 Jones County Junior College Bobcats who added 24 points in the second quarter on their way to an easy 47-0 victory.

Jones County improved to 6-0 overall and leads the MACJC South Division with a 4-0 mark. East Central dropped to 0-6 and 0-4.

"Jones is a much-better football team than us," said first-year Warrior head coach Ken Karcher in a post-game interview. "We had a couple of chances (to score) but when you don't capitalize against a good team you're not going to have those things happen."

One such opportunity collapsed following the Bobcats' first score when the Warriors drove from their own 19 to the Jones County 32, where the drive stalled on fourth and short yardage. A highlight of the 49-yard march was JaDerrick Farrow's 12-yard run on a fake punt when EC faced fourth and six near midfield.

EC missed another scoring opportunity late in first-half action while trailing 31-0. Quarterback Donnie Farmer connected on a 61-yard pass play to wide receiver Hakeem Parker, which gave the Warriors possession on the Bobcat 10-yard-line. However, the drive stalled and Austin Franklin's 23-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked.

Farmer, a freshman signal caller from Harrison Central, finished the night completing 13 of 22 passes for 129 yards. Parker, a sophomore from Joseph S. Clark High School in New Orleans, led EC receivers with five grabs for 84 yards. Franklin, also a sophomore, hails from Petal High School.

The Warriors reached the Bobcat 17-yard-line on their final drive of the night but turned over possession when Farmer's pass attempt fell incomplete on fourth and nine.

The Bobcats were led by freshman quarterback Steven Swindle of Oak Grove, who completed eight of 10 passes for 192 yards and two scores.

His top receiver was sophomore wide receiver Quartez Cooks of Quitman, who had four catches for 158 yards and scored on 45- and 24-yard receptions from Swindle.

The Jones rushing attack was led by freshman running Keshod Willis of Lumberton, who had 106 yards on 14 carries and scored on a one-yard.

Also scoring for Jones were sophomore running back Justin Harris of Morton, who gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead on his four-yard run midway in the first period; freshman quarterback Kenneth Coleman of Hazlehurst, who tallied on a two-yard run; and freshman running back Jamal Hatten of Hattiesburg, whose two-yard plunge gave the Bobcats their final tally.

Sophomore kicker Grant McLaurin of Forrest County AHS connected on 47- and 45-yard field goals and made five of six PATs.

EC's rushing attack was led by sophomore Martin Johnson of Nanih Waiya, who had 15 attempts for 50 yards. Freshman running back Lamarcus Franks of Greene County contributed 22 yards on nine carries.

The Warriors host Mississippi Delta Community College in the annual homecoming battle Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.

The Trojans are 0-5 prior to their matchup with Northwest Mississippi Community College scheduled Saturday, Oct. 5 on the Senatobia campus.