College Sports

Former Coast standouts Rainey, Mikell earn honorary PRCC scholarship awards


POPLARVILLE -- Two Pearl River Community College sophomore football players have been recognized as honorary scholarship award winners.

Center Ryan Rainey is the 2015 recipient of the Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship at PRCC, while punter Cody Mikell has been awarded the 2015 Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship.

The two players will be honored at the school's annual Homecoming luncheon on Oct. 17 at the PRCC Poplarville campus.

Rainey, 20, is a graduate of Harrison Central High School from Saucier. He is majoring in engineering, and he is hoping to earn a scholarship offer to a four-year university program.

He is the son of Chris and Paula Rainey of Saucier.

The Dobie Holden Award honors the former longtime Pearl River football coach for whom the school's stadium is named.

Holden coached the Wildcats from 1948-1966, posting a record of 140-43-7. His teams won seven state championships, and his 1961 team finished 10-0 and was named NJCAA national champions.

Mikell, 19, hails from Poplarville, where he attended Poplarville High School. He is majoring in sports administration and plans to attend Southern Miss if he is unable to obtain a scholarship offer to continue his football career.

He is the son of Randall and Theresa Mikell of Poplarville.

The Keith Daniels Award honors a former Wildcat coach, who served the college for 5½ seasons before his sudden death midway through the 2000 season. He was a successful assistant coach at the collegiate level before taking the PRCC job in 1995.