By Stan Caldwell, PRCC Sports Information
POPLARVILLE – Coming off a hard-fought defeat at the hands of Jones County, Pearl River Community College gets no respite, as the Wildcats welcome Mississippi Gulf Coast to the PRCC campus for homecoming.
Kickoff at Dobie Holden Stadium in the South Division clash of South Mississippi rivals is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Wildcats (3-4 overall, 2-2 division) put up a game fight against 14th-ranked JCJC last week, falling 52-31. Gulf Coast (5-2, 3-1) is still very much in the MACJC playoff picture after rolling over Southwest last week 52-13.
“There are no easy games in this league,” said PRCC coach Ted Egger. “That’s what makes it fun.”
PRCC continued to produce on offense, rushing for 307 yards against Jones, led by freshman quarterback Markevion Quinn (Ruleville).
Quinn ran 19 times for 206 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Wildcats. He leads the Wildcats in rushing with 699 yards on 89 carries and he’s scored 11 touchdowns.
Quinn struggled with the passing game against Jones, completing 7 of 20 passes for 87 yards and he had two passes picked off.
“I had some mistakes in the passing game, where I wasn’t going through my progressions correctly,” said Quinn. “That’s something I need to work on. Hopefully, I can learn from my mistakes.”
The Wildcats were victimized by poor tackling that led to some big plays for the Bobcats. In all, JCJC piled up 590 yards of offense, including 379 through the air.
This week, the job will be to slow down one of the most prolific running games in the MACJC. The Bulldogs are averaging 314 yards rushing per game, led by freshman Deandre Torrey, who already has 1,015 yards rushing for the season.
“I think a lot of those big plays (Jones) made were just us missing tackles,” said sophomore linebacker Chase Crosby (Gulfport). “It rolls over into practice. We need to work a little harder, look ahead to Gulf Coast and forget the past.”
This will be the 92nd meeting between Pearl River and Gulf Coast in a series that was first played in 1926. That’s the most of any team the Wildcats have played. PRCC leads the series 54-36-1.
The Bulldogs won last season’s meeting, 30-17 at Perkinston. Gulf Coast has won six straight games in the series, with the Wildcats’ last win coming in 2010, a 30-27 overtime victory.
AROUND THE MACJC
In other action around the MACJC last week, Hinds remained undefeated with a 34-17 win over East Central, Northwest knocked off top-ranked East Mississippi 61-38, Holmes edged Copiah-Lincoln 35-27, Northeast downed Mississippi Delta 28-6 and Itawamba defeated Coahoma 30-14.
Just two games are on the schedule for Thursday this week, with Northwest (5-1, 4-1) traveling to East Central (1-6, 0-5) and Southwest (0-7, 0-4) hosting Co-Lin (3-4, 1-3).
Saturday’s featured game will be Hinds (6-0, 5-0) looking to clinch the South Division title with a win at Jones County (6-1, 4-0). Also, East Mississippi (6-1, 4-1) entertains Coahoma (1-6, 0-4), Itawamba (4-3, 3-1) is at Delta (0-7, 0-4) and Holmes (5-2, 2-2) hosts Northeast (3-4, 2-2).
ON THE AIR
Saturday’s game will air on WRJW-AM (1320) in Picayune and WFFF-FM (96.7) in Columbia, and on supertalk.fm/listen. It will be livestreamed on prccmedia.com and youtube.com/pearlrivercollege.