Hinds loses heartbreaker to fourth-ranked Jones County|JUCO FOOTBALL

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 26, 2008

RAYMOND — A wild fourth quarter ended with Hinds’ Wesley Mounger’s desperation pass falling incomplete in the end zone as fourth ranked Jones County Junior College escaped with a 31-24 victory Thursday night.

Jones (5-0, 3-0 MACJC South Division) took a 23-3 lead after Daniel Borne scored his third touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was the first of five touchdowns in the final quarter which included a 99-yard TD pass by Jones.

Mounger brought Hinds (2-3, 1-2) back with a pair of touchdown passes of 40 and 13 yards in a four-minute span to trim the deficit to 23-17. The second score came after Borne lost the first of two fumbles in the fourth quarter.

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The second fumble gave Hinds the ball at midfield with 11 minutes to play but the Eagles couldn’t capitalize and punted. After another exchange of punts, the Eagles had the Bobcats backed up on their own 1-yard line with six minutes left.

That was until Jones quarterback Early James hit Anthony Jackson on a 99-yard bomb. Former Vicksburg High cornerback Cordell Watkins went for the play-fake and Jackson got behind him and outran the former Gator sprinter the last 50 yards for the score that put Jones up 31-17 after the two-point conversion.

Mounger, who finished 28-of-48 for 334 yards, completed three passes on the next Hinds possession and then capped it with a 15-yard TD run. Parker Ware’s kick made it 31-24 with 4:33 left.

Hinds got the ball back with three minutes left, but Mounger was intercepted by Jamie Bender. It was his second interception of the game and he also had a fumbled lateral in the third quarter that led to Borne’s second TD run that made it 17-3.

Mounger, however, got one more chance as the Eagles’ defense forced a three-and-out. Starting at the Hinds 6 with a minute left, Mounger completed 3 of 6 passes for 37 yards to move the ball to the 48. With only six seconds left, he had to go deep but Chris Lewis couldn’t bring down the overthrown final pass.

Former Vicksburg guard Mark Cabatay was hoping to get a win against Jones, a school he played for last year.

“Our team this year has as much talent as Jones had last year when we played for the state championship,” Cabatay said. “Tonight we played well for 3 1/2 quarters, but this is a four-quarter game.”

Borne finished with 82 yards rushing and three scores, including a 12-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Ware kicked a 34-yard field goal for Hinds on the final play of the first half.